Cantabile Choral Guild
[formerly Baroque Choral Guild]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2004
CONTACT: Sonja Wohlgemuth, Executive Director, (650) 424-1410
Baroque Choral Guild Changes Name to
Cantabile Choral Guild
continues 25-year commitment to quality
choral music education and performance in Bay Area
Palo Alto, CA --- After 25 years of providing excellent choral music
experiences to Bay Area communities as Baroque Choral Guild, the
organization changed its name to Cantabile Choral Guild, the umbrella
organization which includes the adult performers of the Cantabile Chorale
and the children of Cantabile Youth Singers, to reflect its strong
commitment to its mission of music for life.
Cantabile Choral Guild will continue to operate its two principal music
Cantabile Youth Singers which offers music education and performance
opportunities for boys and girls of the Peninsula and South Bay;
Cantabile Chorale, for adult voices, which performs concerts for audiences
in Berkeley, Palo Alto, and San Francisco.
Under one name, Cantabile, we focus on our primary goal music for life,
through music education and performance.. As Cantabile Choral Guild we will
continue providing the education and performances that have earned our
reputation for excellence. said president Wendy Bartlett.
Founded in 1979, BCG is known for quality and innovation. In 1997, it
incorporated Cantabile Childrens Chorus to educate the next generation of
performers and audiences, furthering its mission of Music for Life.
Cantabile Youth Singers gives young people a wonderful opportunity to
explore and evolve through choral music. I look forward to building on the
fine foundation of this organization, said incoming artistic director Elena
Ms. Sharkova, a native of Russia is a former instructor at the Childrens
Institute of the Rimski-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg. She
is assistant professor (teaching choral conducting, voice, and choral
methods) and director of choral activities for San Jose State University
where she also conducts three choral ensembles.
Cantabile Chorale artistic director Sanford Dole, says they will continue
with repertoire that spans all periods, but with special emphasis on the
We have always focused on the quality of the musical experience, and that
will not change, said Dole. Our singers are capable of thrilling
performances of choral classics as well as music that has just been
Last season the Cantabile Chorale performed the Bach B Minor Mass, and
Rachmaninoffs Vespers and Beethovens Ninth Symphony. This seasons
concerts include several lesser-known works including a rarely performed
Finnish vespers by Rautavaara.
Non-profit Cantabile Choral Guild, a member the Foothill Performing Arts
Alliance, is dedicated to raising the level of choral music appreciation in
the Bay Area. In addition to traditional choral masterpieces, it presents
works to broaden our knowledge of musical periods and the cultures that
The Cantabile Chorale presents a formal concert season by its 70-voice adult
chorus. Cantabile Youth Singers offers year-round training and performance
activities for about 100 young singers living in the San Francisco peninsula
area. For more information, visit www.cantabile.org.
Sonja Wohlgemuth, Executive Director
Cantabile Choral Guild (formerly Baroque Choral Guild)
953 Industrial Ave, Suite 118
Palo Alto, CA 94303