A Note From The Choir

 

Although we are eager to perform again, the health and safety of our singers and patrons is our priority. To that end, we have delayed announcing our 2020-2021 concert season. Our choir members remain engaged and highly involved as we work through this unprecedented time.

We miss singing for you. Very much. But we know we will get through this. And when that time comes, we look forward to celebrating choral music together once again. In the meantime, we hope you will journey with us via The Choir Diary. Over these next few months, we will be providing a glimpse into our regular process by posting pictures, poems, and short writings here.

The Choir Diary
The Lake Isle Project: The Future

The Lake Isle Project: The Future

Artistic Director Brian Stone: How will [the experience of putting together The Lake Isle] change my conducting? When I conduct I know where the challenging bits are for the performers, at what spots I need to be listening and where I need to be helpful, so I am as much of a resource as possible.

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The Lake Isle Project: We're Not Alone

The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

“I hoped that a project like this would be inspiring because there are others feeling the same way were are,” explains Artistic Director Brian Stone. We talk about how we miss singing together…Connecting with one another through this struggle is especially important. But if we can open that up even further there is even another

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The Lake Isle Project: We're Not Alone

The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

Why did Artistic Director Brian Stone pick The Lake Isle to record virtually? I picked this piece because we all loved singing this music in concert with Altius [last year]. Our singers connected with it…and we connected with the other musicians in performance. When we meet at our virtual rehearsals during the pandemic, we talk

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The Lake Isle Project: Knitting it all Together

The Lake Isle Project: Knitting it all Together

Artistic Director Brian Stone worked countless hours compiling the individual performances that make up this virtual performance, sewing the layers of instrumental accompaniment together with the unique qualities of each individual singer’s track. The voices are all lovely…and I am truly not just saying that. It’s lovely to add everyone’s voice individually. Each one has

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The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

As a virtual conductor compiling this performance in a unique way, Artistic Director Brian Stone directed a live performance of the instrumental musicians (the Altius Quartet, pianist Stella Pradeau and guitarist Gabriel Santiago), and then combined a recording of the instrumentalists with individual tracks from over forty singers performing their vocal parts recorded at home.

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The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

Putting this music together was a unique challenge for Artistic Director Brian Stone. He explains: [The rehearsal process] lacked the natural push and pull that comes from live collaboration from everyone being in the same room. We had the instrumentalists together but without the vocal performers in the same room…it’s incomplete. It felt hollow at

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The Lake Isle Project: Escape

The Lake Isle Project: Escape

The Lake Isle takes the listener to a beautiful place of tranquility. Artistic Director Brian Stone explains: This is really a difficult time, it’s just hard on musicians and arts patrons, on those who go to the arts a lot and on those who don’t go to the arts at all. Through our music we

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The Lake Isle Project: Peace

The Lake Isle Project: Peace

The Lake Isle can take the listener to another place and Cantabile Artistic Director Brian Stone hopes that: …this can come at a moment to help anyone who is struggling and that this can be six minutes of joy, six minutes of peace, a reminder that there are beautiful things worth fighting for and I

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Teaching Piano Over Zoom

Teaching Piano Over Zoom

Teaching piano over Zoom is a challenge! My small studio has really stepped up to this challenge and we’re managing to make music and connect every week. We’ve had 2 studio Zoom recitals and even a Halloween Zoom party. When in-person lessons stopped back in March, I decided to (virtually) throw lots and lots of

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The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo with the Altius Quartet

The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo with the Altius Quartet

Cantabile is pleased to announce the release of our virtual performance of The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo. In collaboration with Altius Quartet of Boulder and guitarist Gabriel Santiago. A Note from Artistic Director Brian Stone: Art is a conduit through which we can experience and comment on the world around us. To those ends,

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Songs That Speak to Us: Cally Chenault

Songs That Speak to Us: Cally Chenault

From soprano Cally Chenault: Hi Everyone, I am part of a church here in Longmont that has been gathering virtually for services as best we can. One of the things that has suffered is our ability to worship through music. It’s been nonexistent! When asked to provide some music for the advent season, I recorded

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The 2021 Director's Project

The 2021 Director’s Project

In 2021, we will be releasing our second virtual recording as a choir. This time we bring you the beautiful Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo. We have partnered with the Altius Quartet in Boulder and guitarist Gabriel Santiago to produce this performance for you. December 8th is Colorado Gives Day. If you have any giving

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Celebrating Stella's Anniversary

Celebrating Stella’s Anniversary

It’s been a year since I slipped and fell on the ice breaking my right hand. It’s been almost a year since the surgery that pinned and plated my bones together to help them heal straight and strong. What a crazy thing to have happen to me! And how can so many things have changed

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Songs That Speak to Us: David Norris

Songs That Speak to Us: David Norris

Tenor David Norris says: We just recorded the song “Hope Lingers On” as part of a virtual choir. It was written by Lissa Schneckenburger and arranged for SATB by Andrea Ramsey. I think the lyric especially relates to the current situation in this country, although its real impact is when it appears with the music.

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Songs That Speak to Us: Ellen Ross

Songs That Speak to Us: Ellen Ross

From alto Ellen Ross: This is the song that’s making me happy these days! This is Samba de Mayo by El Eco with the vocal by Kim Nazarian of New York Voices. I heard it one day on KUVO and had to find out what it was. It’s a great song to listen to when

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We Must Sing

We Must Sing

For a singer, singing isn’t a choice. It’s a compulsion. We must sing. In the shower, in the car, nursery rhymes, the happy birthday song… every chance to sing is a happy moment. For the choir creature, the highest form of singing is in harmony with others. We join our brothers and sisters around the

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Sky Loom

Sky Loom

In November 2016, we performed “Sky Loom” by Jean Belmont Ford at First Congregational Church of Boulder. In light of the devastating fires we’ve experienced in Colorado in 2020, it feels timely to revisit this piece which Belmont Ford composed from two North American Indian texts “intended to symbolize the intertwined threads that link a

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Songs That Speak to Us: Lucy Kelly

Songs That Speak to Us: Lucy Kelly

Alto Lucy Kelly comes back to these songs by the Aeolians of Oakwood University over and over, for their sheer musicality and heartfelt performances.

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Utopia

Margaret R. Friesen; Utopia There. It is over there; Can’t you see it? Far away and There. Here? Crying and Sleepless nights. Here? Things end, There’s no room There. Is everything Although not everything I guess because There’s no crying there Or there shouldn’t be. There’s everything that could be but there… There isn’t There

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Some Things Are Different…

Some Things Are Different…

…some things are the same In these last 6 months, choirs have had to reinvent how they make music together. When we went into isolation this past March, Cantabile began meeting through video conferences. We quickly learned that the things we had taken for granted were now technologically puzzling, if not impossible. We discovered that

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Finding a Way…

Finding a Way…

Contributed by a small group of Cantabile singers, the Garage Singers. When the necessary reactions to COVID were enforced, the idea of not being able to gather weekly to sing was devastating. But the perseverance and careful caution of a determined few has helped me fight the isolation in a more expressive way than I

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ICYMI…

ICYMI…

This season of distancing has us reminiscing. About times like when we stuffed the stage of Central Presbyterian Church with 100+ singers and dozens of instrumentalists back in May of ’19 to bring you the Colorado premier of Reflections on a Mexican Garden. We had the tremendous honor of collaborating with composer Kevin Padworski and

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A Note From the Choir: The Choir Diary

A Note From the Choir: The Choir Diary

Although we are eager to perform again, the health and safety of our singers and patrons is our priority. To that end, we have delayed announcing our 2020-2021 concert season. Our choir members remain engaged and highly involved as we work through this unprecedented time. We miss singing for you. Very much. But we know

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A Note From Our Artistic Director

A Note From Our Artistic Director

Being separated from each other and without the ability to unite our voices has been difficult. If anything, this time has made it even more clear why making music is so important to all of us: we use music to connect with each other, learn about our history and our world, and to share messages

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A Note From Our Board

A Note From Our Board

We as a board are grateful that Cantabile has been a careful steward of its finances over the years. Due to the health of Cantabile’s budget, we are able to meet our financial obligations for this year even with the anticipated loss of revenue. We are proud to share that we will continue to compensate

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What is Happening This Season?

Dear friends and patrons, Many things are different in our world right now, but our desire to sing together and share art is not. Like other arts groups, we are navigating new waters as we seek to serve our mission in a safe and responsible way. Although we are eager to perform again, the health

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2019-2020 Season

2019-2020 Season

Cantabile is sad to announce that we are postponing our May concert, Listen to the Future. Although a difficult and disappointing decision, we made it with the understanding that it is the right thing to do given current concerns for public health and safety — and as a gesture of caring for those in our

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