Cantabile Choirs offer bursaries for members thanks to generous gift

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In preparation for their 25th season, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston have received a major gift from the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul which, alongside generous gifts from private donors, will be used to provide financial assistance to local singers.

The community choral organization, which has grown to offer a wide variety of musical education and performance opportunities for singers of all ages, aims to reduce barriers to the performing arts by providing bursaries to members in need of financial assistance, rehearsing and performing in accessible spaces, and ensuring an inclusive environment for individuals of all identities. 

Cantabile is offering $35,000 of financial aid for members for their upcoming season, and it will be allocated as follows, according to a press release dated Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021:

$20,000 in Membership Bursaries 

After a year of rotating lockdowns and working limitations, individuals and families in Kingston have seen their livelihoods impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization said in the release.

“This past year has been difficult for many—especially when it comes to financial planning and security when you can’t predict what will come around the corner next,” said Cantabile’s Artistic Director Geoffrey Sirett. 

By amplifying the financial aid programs available to all new and returning members, the organization seeks to return to its history of fostering a welcoming, inclusive community that is accessible to Kingston residents of all ages. “At the heart of Cantabile is our mission to make the performing arts accessible to all, and we believe that membership fees shouldn’t prevent one from pursuing their passion. With our Membership Bursaries, singers can enjoy the experience of a full rehearsal and concert season without fear of financial burden,” Sirett continued. 

$15,000 in Graduating Scholarships 

Offering three children’s programs and two youth programs in addition to adult programming, Cantabile knows the importance of music education for young singers, according to the release.

“We see many of our younger members return year after year, moving up through our choir programs as they age and find their voice. With a focus on teaching the fundamentals of musical performance, our children’s and youth programs are a great way for kids and teens to find a lifelong passion for music,” claimed Sirett. “In recognition of outstanding dedication and leadership within our choirs, each year Cantabile offers Graduating Scholarships to members who intend to pursue higher education in music, education, or healthcare, at the post-secondary level.” 

Cantabile’s 25th anniversary season kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, and is accepting sign-ups from new and returning members through their new registration process. With in-person rehearsals and live concerts to look forward to this season, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston said they are ready for individuals and families to join them for another year of amazing choral music. 

Learn more on the Cantabile Choir website.

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