Did you miss the Restart Your Art event?

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There are still three wonderful pieces available by Silent Auction!

Cantabile’s Spring Fund Raiser
Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser!

The pieces will be sold at the final concert of the season, Good Cheer, on Saturday May 27. They will be on display before the concert and at intermission, so you’ll have a good chance to visualize how fabulous they will look in your home.

THE RESTART YOUR ART event raised funds to support Cantabile, as well as the very welcome addition of several new washroom stalls and the brand new elevator at Sydenham Street United Church, coming this summer! It was a wonderful community event, and buyers went home with some extraordinary new art- all for a great cause.


RESTART YOUR ART PlanningCommittee: Chris and Tim Everdell, Mark Sirett, Erin Clow, Freeman Woolnough, Róisín Beck,Helen and Ken Rutledge, Susie Everding, Melissa Andrew, Isabel Hanley, Caroline Petznick, KathleenHurst


Do you love to sing? Have you considered singing with Cantabile?


We are having an Open House! Interested singers are invited to come to Sydenham St United Church* on Wednesday May 24 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Learn about the 2017/18 season, and stay for a quick audition with our AD Mark Sirett. Call 613 549 0099 or email info@cantabilechoirs.net for more information.
(*Use the William St door and come right upstairs.)


For more information on the season and what is involved with an audition, please click here.

Cantabile welcomes the acclaimed André Thomas this March












Cantabile presents The Drinking Gourd, an evening of spirituals, Afro-American music and more. For this special presentation, Cantabile’s adult and teen choirs will be led by one of the most dynamic conductors on the world stage today, Dr. André Thomas. A brilliant composer, arranger and one of the leading authorities on Afro-American music.

The American folksong Follow the Drinking Gourd, first published in 1928, was used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. These directions then enabled fleeing slaves to make their way north to freedom. Taken at face value, the “drinking gourd”   refers to the hollowed out gourd used as a water dipper, but here it was used as a code name for the Big Dipper star formation.

The program is a remarkable blend of music spanning decades and continents, including several arrangements and compositions by André Thomas. Cantabile’s Youth Singers will perform stirring arrangements of traditional and newer works such asDo, Lord, Remember Me’, ‘I Dream a World’, and ‘Stand Tall, O Man’.  The adult choirs will perform the beautiful ‘O Danny Boy’ and contemporary works such as Eriks Eśenwald’s gorgeous ‘Stars’ and ‘Ner, Ner’, a rhythmic and driving piece by Jake Runestad.

The evening will come to a rousing end, as the choirs combine and surround the audience to perform Dr. Thomas’s ‘Gloria’, a most moving end to an extraordinary night of choral artistry.

André J. Thomas is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at The Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians, summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the Republic of China and the Philippines, winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and a premier performance by an American choir (The Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam. He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras and choirs as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, and guest Conductor for the Berlin Radio Choir in Germany. Since 1988 he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimmon Music Company, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, and Heritage Music Company publish his compositions and arrangements. Dr. Thomas has produced two instructional videos “What They See Is What You Get” on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and “Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice” on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. He is a past president of the Florida ACDA, and the past president of the Southern Division of ACDA.

Thomas is the most recent recipient of the prestigious Robert Shaw Choral Award, given to a choral leader who has been significant and unusual contributions to the art of choral music. Cantabile and its audiences are very fortunate to have the opportunity to see this charismatic, dynamic and skilled artist at work.

The Drinking Gourd
Saturday March 4, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $22 / $20 / $12  Available at  cantabilechoirs.ca, The Church Bookroom (new popup store at 306 Bagot St) and
Long & McQuade.

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O Christmas Tree

o-christmas-treeExperience the magic of Cantabile Choirs’ exquisite candlelight concerts, conceived and directed by Dr. Mark Sirett, and be enchanted by the angelic voices of over 250 choristers in favorite holiday and winter songs, plus carols old and new.  Recognized for their creative programming, the Cantabile Christmas concerts are a delight in both sound and sight.
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A broad array of carols from around the globe will be featured, including examples from  France, Germany, Spain, Appalachia, Nigeria, England and Scotland plus new works for Christmas including Gaudete Omnes (Praise all) by the young Polish composer Marek Racyzinski.

Christmas is a time for children and Cantabile’s youngest singers provide irresistible proof of that! Our Children’s Choir will offer delightful carol arrangements along with one of their favorite works of the season, Do You Want to Build a Snowman from the movie, Frozen. The Junior Choir, directed by Alana Sargeant, will add extra sparkle at the matinee performance in charming works including Beautiful December.  Matinee audience members will even be treated to a visit by a special friend from the North Pole!

The Cantabile Young Men’s Chorus and Young Women’s Choir exude excitement and energy in Connie Kaldor’s Island Santa and the spiritual Come and See the King which always brings down the house.  The clear, radiant voices of the young ladies will shine through Personent Hodie and a toe-tapping Québécois number, Voilà, Le Père Noël. In contrast is the charming lilt of an Appalachian carol, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem with special guest Devon Runions on the banjo.

December 2011Cantabile’s Women’s Choir will be heard in a breathtaking and energetic setting of Gaudete with stellar ‘junk yard’ percussion accompaniment provided by Les Casson.  In perfect contrast is the warm and loving Cradle Hymn by young Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arneson.

Last, but certainly not least, the Men’s Choir sing the exuberant Nigerian carol, Bethlehemu and a favorite carol from the 16th century, What Child is This, arranged by well-known Canadian arranger, Jonathan Quick.

Perhaps most thrilling for audience and singers alike are when the choirs come together and the hall rings out with the sounds of over 250 voices, spread throughout the sanctuary and surrounding the audience. This season those moments will happen during songs from Frozen, Sussex Carol, and John Rutter’s grand and elaborate arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

And of course there are the wonderful moments when audience and choristers  create a choir of over 1000 and lift their voices together with the thundering organ in favorite carols.  If you have never attended a Cantabile Christmas, be aware that there is a wonderfully nostalgic surprise at the end of the performance.


Auld Lang Syne 2013

Auld Lang Syne 2013

Joining the choir for these performances are Michel Szczesniak and Clare Gordon, piano;  Barbara Hallam-Price, organ; Bill Egnatoff, flute; Andrea Putman, oboe; Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, violin; Les Casson, percussion and Paul Clifford, bass.

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