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Still Singing

Cantare is excited to offer an all-new program during shelter-in-place: Still Singing. Each series of four- to six-week lectures/sing-alongs explores new topics, such as classical masterworks, the history of African American Music, and more.

Decoding the Masterworks: We Have Had Singing

Warm up your voices!

Register now for the final Still Singing series of the 2020-21 season. As we close out this season, we look to the future: in this four-week series of lecture/sing-alongs, Artistic Director David Morales leads an exploration of 55 diverse choral works he plans to bring to Cantare's adult choirs over the next two seasons, including 36 pieces never before sung by Cantare choirs.


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Classes meet via Zoom from 7 to 9 pm PDT on the first four Mondays in May. Each class will be half lecture, half sing-along, with the audience invited to join in on their vocal parts. Scores will be shared onscreen as well as sent to all registrants via email before each class, along with lyrics, musical clips, and any (optional) relevant readings.

David has 50 years of professional choral conducting and 25 years as a college music professor.

All classes will be recorded, and recordings made available to registrants the next day.


May 3

Now Our Meeting’s Over
Works by Hagen, Poelinitz, Esenvalds, Debussy, Mendelsohn and others

May 10

And Dream Awhile
Works by Jeffers, Mulholland, Elder, Tagore, Berger and others

May 17

Summertime, and the Livin’ is Easy
Music from the Great American Songbook and other popular songs

May 24

Lift Every Voice and Sing
American folk songs, hymns, spirituals and patriotic arrangements

Time: Mondays, 7-9pm, via Zoom (link sent with registration)

Tuition: $15/session, $60/series

Previous Still Singing Series

Decoding the Masterworks: American Composers

February 8

Choose Something Like a Star

Works by Billings, Foster, Copland, Thompson, Bernstein

February 15

A Jubilant Song

Works by Dello Joio, Hanson, Lauridsen, Whitacre

February 22

O What a Beautiful City

African American Spirituals

March 1

I’ll Be On My Way
Works by Barber, Kirchner, Hawley, Clauson, Dickau, Erb

Decoding the Masterworks: Series 2

Oct. 19

Requiem; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Oct. 26

Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy; Ludwig van Beethoven

Requiem; Gabriel Fauré


Nov. 2

Gloria: Antonio Vivaldi

Chichester Psalms: Leonard Bernstein


Nov. 9

Lord Nelson Mass; Joseph Haydn

Stabat Mater; Giuseppe Verdi


Nov. 16

Gloria; Francis Poulenc

The Prayers of Kierkegaard; Samuel Barber


Nov. 23

Mass in B Minor; J. S. Bach

I've Been In the Storm So Long

African American History Through Music

Aug. 24

With My Banjo on My Knee: Minstrelsy

God’s Gonna Trouble de Waters: Spirituals


Aug. 31

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out: Blues

I’m Saving My Love for You: Jazz


Sept. 7 (Labor Day)

O Happy Day!: Black Gospel Music

In the Still of the Night: Boy and Girl Groups


Sept. 14

Off to the Movies: African Americans in musical films


Sept. 21

Shake Rattle & Roll: Early R&B, Rock n Roll, Motown

River Deep–Mountain High: Soul Music


Sept. 28

What’s Going On: Social and Political Songs of the 60’s & 70’s

Fight the Power: Social and Political Hip-Hop

Decoding the Masterworks

June 22: Messiah – G. F. Handel
June 29: The Creation – F. J. Haydn
July 6: A German Requiem – Johannes Brahms

July 13: Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn
July 20: Missa da Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi