Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills

To bring the joy of choral music to the people of El Dorado county and beyond.
To provide a performance venue for qualified singers who want to share their talent.
To support the development of vocal/choral performance among members of our community.
To educate our audience regarding the history and composition of the repertoire we sing.

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Address: PO Box 1833
Diamond Springs, CA 95619
County or Parish: El Dorado County
Executive Director: Ruth E. O'Shea
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 530-677-6964
Cantare Chorale was formed in 1992 by Bill Pearson and Dave Smythe to bring quality choral music to the citizens of El Dorado County. Talented singers who had previously performed with groups in Sacramento wanted a venue closer to home where they could develop and share their talents. Dedicated leaders have volunteered many hours to make this possible and to expand Cantare's reach to surrounding communities. The organization has grown into a viable California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with excellent leadership by an exceptionally gifted and musically educated artistic director and equally gifted and qualified piano accompanist. Individual members volunteer their specific talents and leadership to this thriving organization. Cantare is a mixed SATB chorale of 25-30 members who love to sing all styles and genres of music. Their concerts include classics, madrigals, folk, popular, jazz, seasonal, modern arrangements, both accompanied and a cappella, and incorporate educational components to inform, engage, and educate their audience. The group is committed to further expansion and growth and provides an excellent learning opportunity for the development of musical excellence.
Cantare Chorale singers give freely of their talents to bring beautiful music to their community. In fact, they pay membership dues to do so, but it is a costly commitment. Among their financial responsibilities is the purchase of music, licensing fees from composers and writers, expenses for accompanying instrumentalists, salaries for director and piano accompanist, liability insurance, venue costs, and special event costs. The organization welcomes support and donations from the community to make it possible for them to meet their financial obligations.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - $1,000 to fund double bass, guitar, and percussion for spring concerts entitled "Rock This Town"
  2. Funding: Other - $8,140 to fund a Carnegie Hall concert in 2018 - 11 singers ($740 each). Cantare is currently making plans for a return to Carnegie Hall to perform with the King's Singers 50th Reunion Concert on the DCINY Concert Series. This performance is scheduled for Carnegie Hall on Sunday April, 22nd, 2018 under the baton of Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington.
  3. Funding: Other - $1,400 to purchase new music for the coming year
  4. Funding: Other - $500 to sponsor individual singers needing financial assistance for choral fees
  5. Furniture - $4,250 for purchase of performance risers
Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is looking forward to another year of growth and development of excellence as it enters its 26th year providing choral music to its community and beyond. Based in El Dorado County, Cantare presents at least four public concerts each year. By invitation, they also perform for civic organizations, retirement communities, social and service clubs, benefit functions and for military veterans. Annually, they perform at the State Capitol Rotunda, for local Memorial Day ceremonies, and for the Placerville Festival of Lights. In 2016, Cantare was honored with an invitation to sing in Carnegie Hall where they performed with a 235 member chorus in the Messiah Refreshed... 2016! Members will return again to Carnegie Hall in April, 2018, for the King's Singers 50th Anniversary Celebration. Cantare has performed regularly at SacSings!, a regional choral festival, since its inception in 2014 and has made several personal appearances at the Harris Center. Cantare was part of the El Dorado County Community Concert Series in November, 2015, and Music on the Divide in 2017. Cantare's singers understand how the power of music can bring people of all ages and cultures together, as evidenced by the diversity of its audiences and its members. Since 1992, volunteer members of all ages, from all walks of life and with disparate levels of musical experience have joined together to sing for their own enjoyment and for their love of the art. By performing quality choral music in a wide variety of musical styles, they lift hearts and bring smiles to the faces of those who listen. Cantare has been described as "a small group with a big sound" by one reviewer, while another commented that "the articulation of the chorus was so good that none of the lyrics were missed." (SacChoral Calendar Reviews) Director Mariia Pechenova says: "From madrigals to contemporary music, folk tunes and jazz, my musical ambition lies in the great masterworks. My primary ambition is always to encourage and inspire the group I am working with to achieve their musical goals beyond their expectations." Each season Cantare extends a warm invitation to talented musicians with sight-reading and vocal ensemble skills to audition and join its dedicated group. Ruth E. O'Shea, President