Our Music Programs
The Cantare Chorale, our symphonic choir of 100 auditioned voices, remains committed to bringing the highest musical standards to its performances, associating with the finest instrumentalists from Bay Area orchestras, and featuring nationally acclaimed vocal soloists.
Under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director David Morales, the Chorale debuted in April 1999, and today is recognized as one of the finest community choral ensembles of its size in the Bay Area. The Chorale also has a tradition of collaborating with other choirs and arts organizations.
Everyone student in Oakland deserves quality music education. At the Vincent Academy, Melrose Leadership Academy, and Hillcrest, Lincoln, Cleveland, and La Escuelita Elementary Schools, our trained teaching artist teach help students build fundamental musical skills and appreciation for music from diverse cultures.
Our in-school program includes:
Sequential, age-appropriate curriculum
Concerts and music class demonstration/sing-alongs for school community
8-week social studies-integrated special units focusing on Music from Around the World (3rd grade), Music of California History (4th grade), and Music of US History (5th grade)
The Chamber Ensemble, founded in 1987, is the original choral ensemble of Cantare Con Vivo. Today the 24-member Chamber Ensemble exemplifies Cantare's rigorous high standards of musical excellence. These singers perform a stunning variety of sacred and secular choral works, a cappella and accompanied, from across the historical and cultural range of choral composition.
The Chamber Ensemble has performed at the Western Division Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and has released three CD recordings.
Cantare Con Vivo’s robust after-school programs provide choral music performance opportunities to over 250 kids in grades 3-12. We have elementary choirs in schools across Oakland, as well as ensembles for middle- and high-schoolers. Whether you grew up in our Elementary Music Education program and are graduating into our after-school choirs, or are only now discovering the joys of making music in a diverse community of singers, we have a choir for everyone…a choir for you!
Music Stars -- Grades 3-5
Nova -- Grades 6-12
Spira -- Grades 8-12, by audition only
Non-Auditioned Summer Choir
Cantare’s Summer Adult Choir is open to non-auditioned singers with any choral music experience. They debuted in July 2018 with a concert of great anthems from the Christian tradition, and returned in July 2019 with two stunning concerts of African American spirituals and gospel songs. Attracting over 125 singers, this choir rehearses twice weekly over a three-week period each summer.