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 - $3000 to fund instrumentalist for "Tapestry of Love" spring concert 2019
  2. Funding: Other - $8690 to fund Carnegie Hall Residency 2019-11 singer ($790 each). This affords two days of intense study under the direction of Eric Whitacre, culminating in the performance of Whitacre's works with full orchestra in Carnegie Hall on November 24, 2019
  3. Funding: Other - $1600 to purchase new music for the 2019 season
  4. Funding: Other - $2000 to provide scholarships for musically talented students as they pursue their education.
  5. Furniture - $5,000 to provide administrative assistance to manage non-profit corporation
Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is looking forward to another year of growth and development of excellence as it enters its 27th year providing choral music to its community and beyond. Based in El Dorado County, Cantare presents four to six 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 April, 2018, Cantare returned for a second performance in Carnegie Hall for the King's Singers 50th Anniversary Celebration. Accepting a third invitation to Carnegie Hall, Cantare will perform under the direction of Eric Whitacre November 24, 2019 "Rock This Town" and "Christmas Radio" were the themes for a primarily popular selection of music during the 2017-18 season. All concerts were well received with "sold out" Harris performances in December, 2018.
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. A number of young voices have been added to the group during 2018 bringing new life to the sound.
Choir, oboe, and strings will bring a new dimension to the performance in 2019, featuring poetry, love, language, art, and culture--yet another challenge as the chorale grows musically and expands its repertoire.

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

-- Ruth O'Shea, President