Cantare (grades 6-10 ) :  The Italian verb cantare, means to sing, chirp, squeal, crow, etc.  In other words, create vocal sounds!  This elite performing and learning ensemble will do just that as it takes young musicians to the next level.  Students will gain new insights into proper vocal techniques, breath support, and musicianship while making new friends and mentoring younger students along the way!   This group performs regularly throughout the community, sharing their music with a variety of audiences.


We will focus our rehearsals on repertoire preparation, voice building, basic musicianship skills, musical history elements, and fellowship. We sing, move, think critically, and above all, have a blast immersing ourselves in music!

An intermediate (Artigiano) choral experience for students in grades six, seven, and eight.

Cantare members love, learn, and live their music each session! They share their passion for music with each other in rehearsal each week through singing, voice building, musical learning, confidence building, and performance. Cantare also serves as mentors for the members of Animato.

Active learning is required of each and every student, expecting all to be engaged in the rehearsal process. Students learn how to sing healthily, interpret a musical roadmap, comprehend and apply musical markings (phrasing, articulation, dynamics). They uncover meaning in the text, explore musical history, and gain familiarization with composers and culture. Students also learn audition and performance poise and practice.

In addition to all of the musical “stuff”, we teach kids that they are valued and valuable. They have something to share with the world around them. Life skills, such as dedication, perseverance, determination, and accountability, abound in each Da Capo rehearsal and performance.

Application of their musical growth comes in performance at the end of each session. Cantare presents their music, along with the rest of the Da Capo Community, to the community at large. They sing for assisted living and veteran’s hospital residents, family, and friends. They are also encouraged to share their music with their extended families, neighbors, school teachers, churches, and scout troops.

Specific class offerings and times may vary at each location according to enrollment and demand.


Students learn to PERFORM...on stage, in school, and...
As a Da Capo student, your child will...
  • display self-confidence and be self-motivated.
  • relate to others effectively as interpersonal skills are enhanced.
  • demonstrate creativity and critical thinking skills in school work and daily life.
  • appreciate the value of practice/discipline as part of a successful work ethic.
  • embrace a personal journey towards excellence.