Cantabile was established in 1994 by music teacher and choral conductor Signe Boyer in response to the need for a music education program providing vocal technique, musicianship skills, and group singing in a non-religious setting.
Signe’s vision and the hard work of a very engaged Board of Directors helped grow enrollment steadily as the group gained regional prominence and participated in national and international festivals and tours. In 2004, internationally acclaimed conductor Elena Sharkova was appointed as Artistic Director. Since then, two new choirs have been added: Aria – a young women’s cappella ensemble, and Bravi - a young men’s choir; and our Young Men’s Division has expanded to include a new Vocal Training Group directed by Jace Wittig. Preparatory classes, now part of Cantabile’s Training Division, have doubled in size.
Cantabile has performed on such prominent stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and alongside professional artists and groups including Symphony Silicon Valley and Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Opera San Jose and West Bay Opera, Ballet San Jose, and the legendary Kronos Quartet. Cantabile regularly sings in competition and by invitation most recently in the American Choral Director's Association Western Division Meeting in Pasadena, CA and at the Interkultur Golden State Choral Competition where they won their category and received a gold medal. Cantabile’s recent international tours include the Passion of Italy Festival, Newfoundland, the UK, Russia, Finland, Ireland, Paris, France, New Orleans and most recently at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona. Cantabile is proud to return to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall this season.