Cantabile's 2018/19 Season
paint the stars!
"For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Go out andpaint the stars." Vincent Van Gogh
Star Light, Star Bright
Sat Apr 6, 7:30 PM
"Like stars are to the sky, so are the children to our world. They deserve to shine!" Cinonye Chidolue
The enchanting young singers sparkle in the spotlight. Joining the children will be La Jeunesse of Cobourg, directed by Markus Howard. And a surprise new Cantabile choir will debut at this event! The Primary, Junior & Children’s Choirs perform.
Sky Full of Stars
Sat May 25, 7:30 PM - At The Isabel Bader Centre
"We all shine on...like the moon and the stars and the sun...we all shine on..." John Lennon
Montreal's a cappella male quartet, Quartom, joins Cantabile in a light-hearted finale to the season. Their skillful and versatile singing, infectious stage presence, and contagious good humor will charm Kingston audiences. The Teen & Adult Choirs perform.
* Limited Seating Available!
Assistant Artistic Director, Geoffrey Sirett
Director - Junior Choir, Alana Sargeant
Director - Primary Choir, Margaret Moncrieff
The artistic staff is supported by assistants Joan Egnatoff, Anne Lorraine Molloy and Rachel Lutz and accompanists Clare Miller and Michel Szczesniak.
Cantabile's Administrator is Hollie Stewart.
Conductor, composer, organist, pianist and educator, Mark Sirett is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs. He holds both Masters and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He is an award-winning composer and conductor: Jury Prize from the Cork International Choral Festival, Ireland, Outstanding Conductor Young Prague Festival, and President's Leadership Award from Choirs Ontario, and Outstanding Choral Composition from Choral Canada.
Dr. Sirett was guest conductor for the premiere performance of his Trilogy, Words, Stories, Truth with the Faculty of Music Choirs, Western University in October. In November he directed Alberta Big Sing with 600 teen singers in Calgary. In 2018 he directs the Independent Schools Music Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, Solid Gold Festival in Orillia, and both the Adult and Children's Choirs for Singspiration in Edmonton. Next fall he has been invited conducts the AMIS Asian Honors' Choir Festival in Daejon, Korea.
Dr. Sirett has been guest conductor of the Ontario Youth Choir, Honours Children's Choirs in Manitoba, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, the MozaiK and Sing and Rejoice Festivals. He has conducted the AMIS, Honours Choir Festival in Luxembourg, and Unisong Festival. twice at the NAC on Canada Day. He has served as clinician and adjudicator for Choral Canada, music education and choral conferences throughout the country. In 2015 he was guest conductor and instructor of the Summer Choral Symposium, University of Toronto. Dr. Sirett has over 150 choral compositions published in Canada, US, UK, Germany and Sweden.
An alumnus of the Cantabile Youth Singers, Geoff is graduate in voice from Western University and holds a masters in opera from the U of Toronto where he studied with Lorna McDonald and Daniel Taylor. Further studies have included Chautauqua Festival and Aspen Festival. He has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, Opera-n-Concert, Against the Grain Opera, Theatre of Voices, the Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal Opera companies. He has performed with major symphonies and choral societies across the country and recently made his debut with the Toronto Symphony. Last season he sang a staged version of Elijah with Pax Christi, Toronto and returned to Cape Breton to star as Alexander Graham Bell in The Belles of Baddeck. He is co-producer of the innovative Bicycle Opera Project. In April 2018 Geoff performs the lead role in the premiere of a new opera, The Overcoat, by James Rolfe with Vancouver Opera, in partnership with Tapestry Opera, in Vancouver and Toronto.
Clare graduated from Keele University, England, with a first class honours degree in Music. As a soloist she performed with the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra and Bath Philarmonia. As a collaborator she worked with the Bath International Music Festival, Bath University, The Chandos Singers, Chippenham Cantata and Bristol Opera Company.
Since moving to Kingston in 2003, Clare has collaborated with Bottle Tree Productions, Hart House Orchestra, She Sings, the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Two Women Opera Company. She has attended the collaborative pianist programs at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in London, ON, and Tapestry New Opera 101 in Toronto, and has been pleased to collaborate with internationally recognized artists such as Valery Lloyd-Watts, Brian Finley and the Westben Arts Festival, and numerous vocal and instrumental soloists.
Clare is also a collaborative pianist for the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University, Kingston Chamber Choir, Kingston Choral Society and Queen's Community Music.
Alana is a graduate of the Concurrent Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education program at Queen's University, and has recently returned to her studies in the Occupational Therapy Program at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.
Alana's involvement with Cantabile began when she joined the Women's Chorus in 2010. Since then, she has acted as an assistant to the Junior, Children's and Teen Choirs as part of the Conductor Apprenticeship Program. Other choral experiences include conducting the Queen's University Chorus (an extracurricular ensemble on campus) from 2011 - 2015.
Further to her local music endeavours, in the summer of 2013 Alana travelled to Ghana to study West African Music and Dance.
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