Wonderful Recognition for our choirs and Artistic Staff!

Over the past several months Cantabile’s Youth Singers, Assistant Musical Director and Founding Artistic Director have all been recognized for their outstanding work.

In June our Assistant Musical Director and Cantabile alumnus Geoffrey Sirett won a Dora Award for his highly acclaimed starring role in The Overcoat, a co-production of Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera. The new opera played to rave reviews in Toronto before moving to Vancouver for another sell out run. The opera is slated to become one of the most notable new operas in the modern canon, and Geoffrey’s performance was remarkable – nuanced, moving, funny and perfectly sung.

In June our Youth Singers were awarded first place in the Ontario Music Festival Association provincial finals, and moved on to the national finals taking place this summer. The teens wowed the panel with their “Outstanding performances!… extremely polished and well executed…thank you!”


Last, but certainly not least, congratulations to our founding Artistic Director Dr Mark Sirett! ‘Truth’, set to words by Vera Wabegijig, has won Choral Canada’s ‘Outstanding Choral Composition’ for 2018.  The three movement work was commissioned by Gloria Gassi, Voice faculty, conductor of St. Cecilia Singers and alumna with the assistance of Western’s Canada 150 fund. Inspired by the events surrounding the efforts of Justice Murray Sinclair in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Ms. Gassi’s aim was to highlight the themes of forgiveness and healing so that the “truth of our common experiences will set our spirits free.” Read about the composition and the award. 

Congratulations one and all – thank you for helping to show the country what a musical hotbed Kingston is!

The Cantabile Summer Chorus presents In the Evening












Relax & enjoy an hour long concert on a beautiful June night with Cantabile’s special ‘summer chorus’.

Friday June 15, 7:00 pm
The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

The Cantabile Summer Chorus presents an hour-long concert entitled “in the evening”, with music that is perfect for a beautiful June night. This special two-week choir camp for adult singers, which is directed by Mark Sirett, will present music by Bach, Victoria, Rachmaninoff, plus selections of  Liebslieder Waltzes (“Love Waltzes”) by Brahms,  and Canadian folk songs. Contemporary selections include “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, “When the Earth Stands Still” by Dan MacDonald, and Bruce Sled’s rhythmic and upbeat “Jing-ga-lye-ya”.  Joining the choir will be Clare Miller, piano; with a guest appearance by pianist, Michel Szczesniak for the Brahms Waltzes.

Admission is free;  donations at the door would be appreciated.

Bicycle Opera Project rides into Kingston!

Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present
The Heart Sings
with special guests The Bicycle Opera Project
Saturday May 26, 7:30 PM The Spire, Sydenham St United Church
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This May the Bicycle Opera Project rides into Kingston to join Cantabile’s teen and adult choirs in a wonderful program of music from the world of musical theatre and opera.

The program is a feast of musical gems, including upbeat songs like Captain of the Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan, Under the Sea by Ashman & Menken, Bernstein’s I Feel Pretty and Be Our Guest from Beauty and The Beast. In contrast are soulful and poignant selections such as Children Will Listen from Into The Woods by Sondheim, Ave Maria From Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc, and Contessa, perdono from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. There will also be rousing full chorus selections such as Do You Hear, the finale from Les Misérables, What A Feast from Canadian Cecelia Livingston’s Masque of the Red Death and Make Our Garden Grow from Leonard’s Candide to bring the concert to a soaring conclusion.

As the name suggests, the Bicycle Opera Project (BOP) tours by bicycle, bringing contemporary opera to smaller communities where there is little opportunity to hear it. Acclaimed as one of the country’s most innovative opera companies, one of their goals is to close the gap between opera audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces, performing primarily new and issue-oriented Canadian works in English.

The hall at The Spire will provide audiences with the opportunity to enjoy the artistry of these wonderful musicians in an ‘up close and personal’ setting. Of special note: Cantabile’s Assistant Artistic Director Geoffrey Sirett, currently receiving rave reviews for his starring turn in The Overcoat in Toronto and Vancouver, is a member of the Bike Opera Project. Those who didn’t get the chance to see his remarkable performance can see him perform at this concert.

The Heart Sings
my heart moves from cold to fire…Pablo Neruda
Saturday May 26, 7:30 pm, The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

Tickets: $22 / $20 / $12
613 549 0099 info@cantabilechoirs.net and in person at Novel Idea, The Church Bookroom, and Long & McQuade.

Guest Artists

Tenor, Chris Enns, is a graduate of UofT in Opera and a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.  In addition to the Bicycle Opera, he has frequently sung leading roles with Opera Atelier; recent appearances include the lead in Dido and Aeneas, Charpentier’s Medée, a production seen in Toronto and at Versailles, Mozart’sLe nozze di Figaro and Telemachus in Ulysses. 

Stephanie Tritchew is one of Canada’s most sought-after young Mezzo-Sopranos.  A graduate in opera from UofT she has sung with the Calgary, Edmonton and St. Louis Opera and is currently member of the Young Artists Programme with Vancouver Opera.

Soprano Larissa Koniuk is the co-founder of the Bicycle Opera Project.  She has performed at Toronto Symphony’s New Creations, Royal Conservatory’s 21C Festival, Stratford Summer Music, Westben, and with Tapestry Opera. She recently performed the world premiere of Dean Bury’s The Bells of Baddeck and New York City premiere of Juliet Palmer’s opera, Sweat.

Baritone Geoffrey Sirett (pictured, photo by Dahlia Katz), a Cantabile alumnus, continues to impress musicians and audiences in performances of opera, concert and recital repertoire. His charisma as an actor and a singer made him the ideal choice for the leading role in the world premiere of The Overcoat, a musical version of the stage hit presented by Vancouver Opera, Canstage and Tapestry. Geoffrey also made his debut on the Four Seasons Centre stage in the Canadian Opera Company production of Arabella and the role of Captain Corcoran in Edmonton Opera’s H.M.S Pinafore. Other highlights include his debut with the Toronto Symphony in a production of Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Oreste in Elektra and Ping in Turandot for Edmonton Opera, Messiah for the Newfoundland Symphony, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

Thank you to our sponsor and funders at the City of Kingston and Ontario Arts Council

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Sing Along for The Spire!

A Sing Along for The Spire!
Sunday February 4, 2:00 pm

The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

Join Mark Sirett, AD of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, David Melhorn-Boe, choir director at Chalmers and Sydenham St United Churches, soprano Kathryn McConnell and other special guests in a lighthearted afternoon of singing. At what has now become a popular annual event, Kingston music-lovers of all ages are invited to sing their hearts out for a good cause. Coming together with friends and family to sing and have fun at informal and unstructured gatherings used to be a common occurrence. “Sing Alongs” may not be as common now, but if you miss the experience of community singing, here’s your chance!  Sing along with folk songs, popular tunes, broadway show stoppers…and you don’t even know the words, as everything will be projected in big bold print to make it easy to join in.

Admission is free. Donations in support of The Spire and its ongoing renovations will be gratefully accepted. Hope to see – and hear – you at The Spire, Sydenham St Church, Sunday Feb 4.

What is The Spire? For more than 160 years the historic church at 82 Sydenham St. has been a notable Kingston landmark. Now known as The Spire, it is now becoming a community hub, supporting a wide constituency of groups. Learn more at thekingstonspire.org