girl choir singers with white tops and black skirts on choral risers in front of the organ, string trio and conductor in front, grand piano and pianist on the side

Cantabile

The Cantabile curriculum reinforces rhythmic and melodic reading skills and explores a wide variety of music written for treble choirs. Cantabile performs multiple times per year as opportunities arise. Singers perform on both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts and take a multi-day tour to another part of the country every other year. Fundraising opportunities are available to cover touring costs. Past trips have included performances at the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia, participation in international children's choir festivals held in Washington and Michigan, performances with children's choir programs in Denver, and several trips to sing on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

2018-19 Auditions

Registration for an audition is now open. Please click the link below for more information about auditions and to register.

Girl Choir Auditions

Announcements

  • For February 25th rehearsal:
    --Mrs. Putman and I thank you, Cantabile, for a productive rehearsal last night.  She told me via email that you went through a lot of material and DID make progress on your music.

    --So!  Keep working hard this week!  Just do what you do, only more of it!  Please note on paper specific trouble spots in your part in all four songs, where we need to review notes and rhythms, so we don't waste time running through the music for no reason.  We will start with your notes you make on specific places where we need work.  This one is on YOU.  Help me because I was not there to listen to you last night!

    --I will decide next Sunday if we indeed can do the choral movement on the Korean "Gloria."  It will depend on how you run the song OFF-BOOK.  Please know, if we sing the song without the movements, it will make NO sense!

    --Girls traveling to Milwaukee and Chicago with me in April:  If you can possibly arrive at rehearsal next Sunday, Feb. 25, at 5:25 PM, it would be stupendous!  We have to decide if we can take on singing our own music set at the Festival, and not just sing along with the other choirs in a mass choir.  I REALLY, REALLY want to try to sing our own songs, but I need to hear you as a small ensemble first, before I commit to having you sing, and I need to do that by next Sunday night!  And I don't mean maybe!  The Festival chairman needs to hear from me.  This request I am making now will show me who actually reads the LAM Website for assignments, and who does not.  If you are reading this, but cannot come early next Sunday, please email me to let me know why.  Use my Lawrence U. email.  Thank you!!

    --Have a healthy, safe week!  Walk like a penguin on the ice!
     

  • For February 18th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

    --Study your music and be ready to be OFF-BOOK next Sunday, especially for "Gloria.

    --A reminder that Mrs. Putman will be teaching next Sunday.  Please treat her with Cantabile kindness and hospitality.  And get some real work done!

     

    -- Another reminder that if you are in charge of snacks, DO NOT FORGET TO BRING THEM, and also, CLEAN UP YOUR MESS after Break.  Ashton had to clean up everything last night -- BAD.

    -- I am still reflecting on your heartfelt, deeply profound sharing of thoughts about "The Parting Glass" last night.  We are so blessed to have a place like Cantabile, where it is comfortable and safe to tell personal stories, and even share a tear or two on the telling.  Nothing like it on earth. 

    -- Be prepared to briefly share some more thoughts with Mrs. Putman about "Homeland."  Lots to think about on that one!

    -- Please help Ashton set up and tear down the extra 12 chairs needed for Row 4, for "Gloria."  She will have lots of responsibility next Sunday.
     
  • For February 11th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

    -- Write in Solfege Syllables for Non Nobis Domine, Alto part

    -- Study and rehearse AT LENGTH all of the diction, rhythm, diphthong, grace note, dynamics details on verses 1 and 2 of The Parting Glass.  Let's not take another solid hour next Sunday, mindlessly going over and over these important interpretive details, with no progress in sight.  We've broken it down, taken it apart, now let's put it back together and move forward towards artistry!

    -- Be prepared to share your ideas about that precious element found in great farewell songs:  the delicate balance between the sorrow of leaving, and the joy and hope for the future.  To you, is The Parting Glass a sad song, or a happy song?

    -- Review and learn your part on the beginning section of Gloria.  We have forgotten our previous work on that one because too many people choose not to review what we have learned!

    -- If you have a fever, stay home!  Do NOT go to school!  Flu . . . BAD.  Health . . . GOOD.

    -- Thought for the week:
    Which side of The Sad Irony of Life do you want to be on?  The positive/helpful side?  Or the negative/irresponsible side?

     

  • For February 4th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

    --Parts for Eatnemen Vuelie:
       --Page 1 - Yoikers only
       -- Meas. 12-58 - Middle staff, high girls on top notes, low girls on low notes
       -- Meas. 68-89 - High and low girls tacet (do not sing)
       -- Meas. 90-112 - Middle staff, high girls on top notes, low girls on low notes
       -- Refer to YouTube recording for help: Cantus Eatnemen Vuelie

    --Write in text for Verse 2 into your part for Parting Glass - show Mrs. Lind your work when you arrive at rehearsal next week.

    --Write in solfege syllables for Sop. I and Sop. II on Non Nobis Domine

    --OFF-BOOK and almost performance ready on February 18, on Gloria
     

     

  • For January 28th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

    --Be ready to clap the rhythms on "Gloria" -- M. 21--56.  This should be easy because we have already worked on this section in sectionals.

    --Listen to two recordings of Latin text for "Gloria" -- M. 21--56 (please forgive my post-Wonderful-Game voice)

    --Refer again to Cantabile announcements from January 15 to look up your parts assignments for our three songs.  Make sure to check all three songs! 

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    Refer again to Cantabile announcements from January 15 to hear our repertoire performed on YouTube.

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    Thank you for your hard work last night.  If we push hard, we will catch up to the time lost because of my absence!
     

  • From January 15th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

    Sorry about my cancelling rehearsal last night. I'll make it up to you all! LOTS of things to look at this week:

    --Rhythm exercise for you to study and try to sing rhythms on "Doo", while tapping (downs & ups) the beats -- be prepared to perform this with the group Sunday.

    --Note your parts assignments for our three songs -- mark them in your scores.  Let's NOT waste time on this Sunday!

    --What-to-bring sheet for Cantabile Bonding this coming Sunday, Jan21.  WE ARE DOING THIS!!!  Arrive with your contributions at 4:45 PM -- we will eat at 5:00 PM. 
        --If you are bringing $8.00, please bring cash.  If you must write a check, make it out to Debbie Lind.

    --Remember to bring your list of the seven Elements of Music.

    --Remember to tell me if you will NOT be singing for our Spring Concert, March 24, 2018

    --Finally, PLEEEEEEEASE email me to let me know that you have received these announcements!  If I do not hear from you by Wednesday, I will be checking in with you by email or phone.  Click here for the email address

    --Check out the YouTube recordings of our repertoire.  Remember, MUM'S THE WORD!
        --Gloria
        --The Parting Glass
        --Homeland

    -Mrs. Lind
     
  • From January 7th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

    --Surf the web, find out the seven ELEMENTS OF MUSIC, put them down on paper to be TURNED IN at the beginning of rehearsal next Sunday.

    --If you surf YouTube looking for our repertoire for the spring concert, do so WHEN YOU ARE ALONE!  Mum's the word!

    -- Check with your families and school musical or school tours schedules to see if you will be IN TOWN and available for our spring concert!  The concert falls over spring break for some school districts.  I need to know your plans, so I can voice our songs accordingly.  DO NOT put this off!  Do it now, while your director is still IN A GOOD MOOD!

    -- Reminder:  Cantabile Bonding, Sunday, January 21, 2018, bring in food at 4:45 PM, eat at 5:00 PM
     
  • 2017-18 Calendar - Click the button below to download and print the yearly calendar for Cantabile. This calendar was updated on 2/20/18
    2017-18 Calendar

 

Choir Materials

  • Girls must bring a three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.
  • Girls are expected to complete weekly assignments, compiled in the Announcements section of this page.
  • Girls new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy office at the cost of $10 plus tax.

Concert Uniform

  • A white performance top is provided by the Academy. The tops are the property of the Academy and must be returned in good condition at the end of the season. Please do not alter the tops. there will be a fee assessed to repair or replace a damaged uniform.
  • Girls new to Cantabile who were not in Arioso, must purchase a uniform black skirt.
  • Girls should wear black pantyhose and black closed-toed, flat-heeled dress shoes. 
  • Post-style earring for concerts are acceptable, no hoops.
  • Hair accessories must be small and the color of the hair. Hair must be its natural color. 

Electronics Policy

Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and back stage during concerts.   If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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