Cantaré Children's Choir

Cantaré Children's Choir


Since 1997, Cantaré Children’s Choir has provided extraordinary choral music experiences to boys and girls ages 6 to 18 and grown to include four progressively experienced choirs, an early childhood music program for children ages 3 to 7, as well as music experiences for adults. Regarded as one of Canada’s premiere choir programs and a leader within the choral community for its innovative concert presentations and exceptional training programs, our choristers earn high praise and numerous awards at local, provincial and national level. Our highly trained singers are a resource for professional music organizations such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, Calgary Pro Musica and others. The choir travels extensively to serve as ambassadors in festivals and concert tours throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Closer to home, Cantare performs at prestigious events throughout our community such as at the Field of Crosses Remembrance Day Ceremony.


Cantaré Children's Choir was formed in Calgary, Alberta in 1997 by its Founder / Artistic Director, Catherine Glaser-Climie, to enrich the lives of children through the power and beauty of music. Cantaré’s commitment to training voices and the development of comprehensive musicianship skills and literacy is evidenced by the breathtaking artistry of their performances and extensive range of choral repertoire performed at the highest artistic level. Dedicated to educating, nurturing and providing opportunities for children to express their musical abilities, the choir is thrilled to have performed in professional collaborations with Calgary Opera, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, Calgary Wind Symphony, Spiritus Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus, Luminous Voices, Grammy-award-winner Bob Carlisle, and the Banff International Television Festival. Cantaré performs for prestigious events including performances for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, The choir also supports other important organizations within the community by performing at events for Hull Homes, Child Find, Woods Homes, Homeless Awareness, Midtown Mosaic and others. This unique program offers four main ensembles to meet the needs of differing ages and backgrounds.

Regarded as one of Canada’s premiere choir programs, Cantaré is a leader within the choral community for its innovative concert presentations and exceptional training programs. As an integral member of Calgary's cultural community, the choir has earned the highest critical acclaim and an international reputation for excellence. At the National Music Festival of Canada, our ensembles have been frequent participants and award winners. At Choralfest, all ensembles have earned Superior Ratings and numerous special adjudicators’ awards. Named "outstanding choir" at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, the choir has also captured many awards at the Alberta Provincial Choir Festival.

Over 150 children ages 6 through 18 come together each week to experience the joy of singing. Though they represent diverse abilities and backgrounds, the children are united through the study and performance of great choral music and discover that music can be a bridge to understanding. Compassion, sensitivity, consideration, commitment, tolerance, discipline, co-operation and teamwork are the ideals to which we aspire. In addition to giving performances, choristers gain valuable training in musicianship, self-discipline, confidence, poise and teamwork. Singers enjoy meeting and getting to know other children who share their interests – lifelong friendships are nurtured here. Self esteem, confidence and leadership skills are cultivated in a community of love, respect and support. Our hope is for every child to develop a lifelong passion for singing, serving others and bringing inner beauty to the world.

Admission into the Cantaré Children’s Choir program is based on interest, enthusiasm and commitment rather than exceptional musical ability. Children who love to sing and wish to gain more experience and knowledge are encouraged to arrange a Placement Interview to determine placement in one of our four ensembles.


The very finest sacred and secular works from all styles and periods form the foundation for musical learning and serve as the basis for the curriculum. Concepts about music [melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, dynamics, form, style and tempo] and musicianship skills [singing, vocal technique, ear training, literacy, theory, part work, diction, language skills, memory] are taught through great masterpieces of the choral tradition from the Baroque to challenging contemporary pieces. The choir is especially known for showcasing a broad spectrum of contemporary music, particularly works by Canadian Composers. Our choristers sing in other languages - English, French, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Italian, Latin and Spanish – and even the languages of Tolkein’s Middle Earth!!

Our program of weekly rehearsals is enhanced by several components such as individual vocal coaching, our workshop program, [with special activities like bodyworks], autumn and winter retreats and performances throughout the community. Our Passports to Music Education program guides singers in their personal growth of musicianship skills. Our Listening Journal Program opens the breadth of the choral art to each chorister. Touring is an integral part of our program in which our singers share their gift of song throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.


Our School Concert Tour takes music into the schools, inspiring audiences of children and serving as a role model for school choirs and their teachers.

Cantare contributes to the development of choral repertoire through its many commissioning projects. Each year we collaborate with 20 choirs from around the world to commission a new work. We also commission composers to create works specifically for our choir.

Cantaré Children’s Choir is supported in its endeavours through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers who eagerly offer their assistance and leadership to the choir. The Cantaré Children’s Choir Society is the organization formed by parents and community volunteers to share in implementing the vision of this unique choral program. Cantaré Children’s Choir Society is incorporated as a non-profit Society in the province of Alberta and is recognized by Revenue Canada as a charitable organization. The Society provides enrichment opportunities to the core program through its fund raising endeavours and leadership to support the choir in its many and varied activities.

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