Cantabile Vocal Ensemble
Singers in Cantabile Vocal Ensemble enjoy the highest level of musical rigor experienced by young singers in Columbia Choirs. Young men whose voices have changed and young women in high school sing together in this award-winning mixed choir. Members are challenged weekly by rehearsals focused on advanced vocal and choral technique. A broad and challenging musical repertoire introduces singers to important moments and viewpoints in music history.
Cantabile Vocal Ensemble performs in the Columbia Choirs concert series and in the community throughout the year. Cantabile also travels the world to tour destinations such as Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Spain and throughout the United States.
Experienced singers will be admitted to Cantabile upon audition or by promotion from Bel Canto.
Columbia Choirs founder-artistic director, Steve Stevens, started the choirs in February, 1984. He is one of the most experienced conductors of community based children’s choirs in the United States. A native of Texas (Fort Worth), Mr. Stevens is a professional singer, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, arranger and composer. He holds a BA (voice and all-level music education) from Houston Baptist University and a M.Mus. in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University. He has conducted the Texas Boys Choir (1971-77), the Northwest Boychoir (1977-84), founded and conducted the Northwest Youthchoir (1982-84). He founded the Columbia Boys Choir (1984), Columbia Girls Choir (1988) which he joined together to become the Columbia Children’s Choir in 1993. In 1989 he founded the Columbia Vocal Ensemble, in 1999 the “Con Brio” Women’s Choir, and in 2009 he founded Concord Chamber Choir. Choirs under his direction have consistently won international acclaim for their high standard of singing artistry and musicianship. His choirs have performed in United States, Australia, British Isles, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and Scandinavia. They have also appeared on national network television in the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and Russia and have sung for a President of the U.S., the Pope, and for members of the British Royal Family.