About Cantabile

 

Cantabile, May 2015

Cantabile, May 2015
Photo Credit: Darcy Varney Kitching

Cantabile is an auditioned 40-member choral ensemble in Boulder County, Colorado, dedicated to performing a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, gospel, folk music from many lands, and international works. Our members are volunteers from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and musical experience, and include trained musicians as well as skilled amateurs. We strive to bring our appreciation and love of music to Boulder County and to provide opportunities for both aspiring new professionals and seasoned performers.

Founded in the late 1970s as the Saint Cecilia Singers, Cantabile continues to evolve in our effort to meet those goals. Over time, our ensemble has ventured to perform more challenging and diverse music. We perform three programs each year. Our season opens with a performance in the Estes Park music series at the Stanley Hotel and regularly includes at least one benefit performance for a worthy cause. The ensemble practices on Tuesday evenings at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder. We are on hiatus from approximately May 15 to approximately September 1 each year.

Personnel

Brian Stone, Music Director

Brian Stone arrived in Colorado by way of the Pacific Northwest in 2008 in order to attend graduate school at CU Boulder. Since finishing his Master of Music in choral conducting, Brian has been teaching choirs in public high schools. Brian returns to CU Boulder in Fall 2016 to begin a Doctor of Musical Arts...

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Stella Pradeau, Collaborative Pianist

A native Arkansan, Stella grew up surrounded by the sounds of gospel and bluegrass in a family of self-taught musicians. She began study of the piano at the age of 10 with a local church pianist. Lessons took place in the broom closet at the local high school. After a few years, Stella began lessons...

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Robert Farr, Music Director Emeritus

Robert Farr was Cantabile's Music Director from 1992 until 2010. Robert was responsible for the group's musical quality and growth over almost two decades, and is an integral part of our success. Robert received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ and church music from Stetson University and received a Master of Sacred Music degree...

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