Shine with Music Stars!

Our tuition-free after-school choir programs offer an exciting array of choral performance opportunities for 2-5 graders. Directed by members of Cantare's acclaimed Teaching Artist staff, students rehearse weekly, learning fundamentals of choral singing and music theory. Our choirs represent their neighborhoods by performing at school and community events by performing repertoire that celebrates the diversity of Oakland. Each year, our choirs collaborate for our annual Spring concert to promote bonds across geographical and cultural boundaries in Oakland. Rehearsals are held on-site at our partner schools, times vary by school site. 

During the COVID-19 crisis, many of our activities will be offered through online platforms with virtual singing projects. We will contact you with additional details about scheduling and participation after receiving your online enrollment.


Click here to enroll in our after-school program for 2020-2021.


If you are interested in singing with us but do not attend one of our partner schools, contact Director Julie Haydon to see if you are a candidate for our citywide Honor Choir program.

"It has been a challenge to keep my daughter motivated to attend so many zoom calls and classes during this COVID-19 stay-at-home time, but week after week, she has looked forward to and proactively attended choir rehearsals. Without a doubt it has been her favorite school-related task, and hearing her singing along with her friends, and seeing how happy she is after the rehearsals has been a joy for everyone in our family. We feel lucky that she found this group and that it has brought her happiness during this challenging time."


– After-School Choir Parent