Cantabile Youth Singers (Los Altos, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Julia Zarcone
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Cantabile Youth Singers
  • Address:1000 Fremont Ave
    Suite 215
    Los Altos, CA 94024
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:650-424-1410
  • Main fax:650-487-6600

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  • Mission:
  • Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley offers children and teens comprehensive choral music education and performance opportunities of the highest caliber. Cantabile engages the heart and mind of each singer and encourages a lifetime appreciation of music and the performing arts. Cantabile’s music education program values the diversity of humankind, cultures and languages as expressed in music and singing.

  • Overview:
  • Cantabile is committed to providing the opportunity for children to explore their love of music and to participate in choral music education and performance from a very early age. Cantabile is also committed to making sure that no child is turned away from our programs for lack of funds-we offer scholarships through our Signe Boyer Scholarship Fund and work to raise money to support this Fund from within our community with individual gifts and from Foundations and Corporate sponsors. Our goal is to offer ten percent of tuition revenue in scholarships each year or about $30,000 annually. We are applying in the participation focus area for funding because all of our programs emphasize participation on many levels: singers, audience and community. Our choir programs start with our preparatory division and offer Kodaly and Orff based musical exploration and training starting with Pre-Kindergarten aged children and progressing up through seniors in high school. Cantabile was founded in 1994 by Signe Boyer to realize the vision of teaching children music through their entire school careers because children’s music education programs in schools were being cut drastically. Her passion for teaching music and her emphasis on the importance of choral singing as an act of learning to participate in something greater than oneself to create beauty and share it with the world drove her to start the choir. Today there are very few public school opportunities for children to be taught music in the classroom. Cantabile fills this niche and provides many participation opportunities for kids throughout their K-12 school experience. Our hands on approach to teaching children singing, music theory and musicianship helps them develop not only their voices but also their appreciation of performance, visual art, languages and travel. This inspires a lifetime of participation in the arts that benefits not only the child but also society because these children become adults that support the arts and foster a sense of community around art and performance. There is ample evidence that singing together in a choir is a positive developmental experience for children. The experience of singing in a group helps children learn the valuable skills of cooperation, teamwork, self-esteem and a sense of self in the larger context of community. This experience of the collective is revolutionary in a time when the movement of education and social media is toward individualism; we create community around beauty and art and interpersonal connection. The program began with three levels and 25 students: Preparatory, Intermediate and Concert Choir and now has 300 students and eight choirs. Some milestones along the way:
    1996: Cantabile performs at Disneyland in their first festival and commissions and premiers, Requiem for Lost Children, by Los Altos composer Sondra Clark.
    1997: Cantabile sings the Passion of Saint Matthew with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Henry Mollicone's, A Rat's Tale: The Pied Piper Revisited.
    1998: Cantabile choir exchange with England's Farnham Youth Choir; Bath Cathedral.
    2000: Tuscany International Children's Choir Festival, Florence, Italy
    2003: Cantabile premiers Craig Bohmler's Sisters, European tour; concert with Vienna Boys Choir.
    2004: Maestra Elena Sharkova joins as Artistic Director.
    2005: Cantabile’s debut at Carnegie Hall during the National Children's Choir Festival.
    2008: Cantabile becomes an independent, non-profit corporation (501c3) focused entirely on youth programs. Baltic Tour during which Cantabile performed at the Tallinn SongFest
    2009/10 Performed with actor Ryan Gosling in his rock play Dead Man's Bones, National Children's Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, Stanford Lively Arts, tour to London, England.
    2011/12: Cantabile's choirs performed with Symphony Silicon Valley-Bluegrass Meets Chorale, Holst's The Planets, tour to Newfoundland, Canada for the Festival 500, Commissions: Breakthrough by Stephen Hatfield.
    2013/2014: Everything That Happens, Montalvo Arts, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Dr. Craig Jessup at Stanford’s Memorial Church, Carmina Burana with Symphony Silicon Valley and Chorale, tour to Italy, St Peter’s, Rome and Padua International Music Meet.
    2014/2015: Holst’s the Planets, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Bing Concert Hall; Lord of the Rings West Coast Premier with Symphony Silicon Valley and Chorale, tour to Carnegie Hall.

  • History:
  • Cantabile’s history begins in Mountain View at the Community School of Music and Art as a program called the Peninsula Children’s Chorale. The choir grew, excelled, and participated in a variety of unique performance opportunities, including the premiere of Libby Larsen's

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:16

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Christopher Dewees - Occupation: attorney, City: Palo Alto, Board Role: President, Served on board since: May 2012
    Jeff Wright - Occupation: Vice President at Auto Desk, City: Menlo Park. Board Role: Vice President, Served in board since: May 2011
    Ian Feinberg - Occupation: attorney, City: Palo Alto, Board Role: Secretary, Served on board since: May 2010
    Heather Dawson - Occupation: Big Data Analytics, City: Redwood City, Board Role: Personnel Committee, Served on board since: May 2011
    Elaine Wu - Occupation: strategic planner at Box, City: San Francisco, Board Role: Co-chair Finance Committee and chair Alumni Relationships Committee, served on board since: May 2014

    Signe Boyer - Occupation: retired, City: Palo Alto, Board Role: Board Emerita and founding Artistic Director.
    Lori Mirek - Occupation: retired, City: Atherton, Board Role: Board Emerita, former board member.

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Julia Zarcone - Executive Director, Oct 2013, BA in English Literature UCLA, Certificat de la langue française, Sorbonne, MA Social Science, San Francisco State

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Elena Sharkova - Artistic Director, 2004, Bachelors in music education, graduate degree in conducting (St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia).

    Jina Han - Preparatory Division Director, July 2014, Master of Art in Choral Conducting, San Jose State University, Bachelors of Music, University of California.

    David Belles - Conductor, Bravi Young Men's Ensemble, Conductor, Intermediate, Musicianship Instructor, Intermediate Honors.
    Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, California State University East Bay, Summa Cum Laude.

    Emilie Bertram - Conductor, Ensemble. Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Secondary Vocal Music Education and Piano from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Master of Music degree specializing in Secondary Vocal Music Education and Piano from the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York.

    Natalie Einhorn - Conductor, Preparatory 3. Master of Music, Vocal Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand - Conductor, Preparatory 1 and 2. Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Santa Monica Bachelor of Arts, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California .

    Ron Sheffer - Accompanist, Intermediate, and Intermediate Musicianship A Instructor. Bmus. diploma from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, majoring in music composition (Interdisciplinary Program).

    Michael Sohn - Musicianship Instructor, Ensemble A and B. Former Cantabile singer and Cantabile Alumni representative, attended Santa Clara University as its first conducting major.

    Simona Snitkovskaya - Accompanist, Ensemble and Vocalise. Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano at St. Petersburg Music College, Masters of Musical Arts in Piano and Postgraduate Studies in Piano and Chamber Music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

    Jace Wittig - Voice Masterclass Clinician, former interim Musical Director and baritone with Grammy award-winning men's choir Chanticleer.

    Krista Wigle - Voice Masterclass Clinician. Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, voice and musical theater teacher.

    Ofer dal Lal - Lord of the Rings Conductor and Vocalise Assistant. Master's degree in conducting at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, former musical director and conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir.

    Amelia Turvey, Program Manager, 2014, Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, University of Nottingham, UK: Bachelors in modern languages, MA-equivalent in teacher training.

    Caty Chung - Program Associate, 2014, supports the ED & daily office duties, University of California, Riverside with a Media & Cultural Studies degree.

    Anneliese Scadden - Accountant, 2008, 7 six years of bookkeeping experience with the organization, responsible for: Accounts Payable; Accounts Receivable; Invoicing; Bank reconciliation; generating reports for Board meetings; payroll; preparing reports for 990 and various other accounting needs.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:
  • Tax ID:26-1889134

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:261889134
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1000 FREMONT AVE STE 215
  • Organization City:LOS ALTOS
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94024-6055
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A6B
  • Asset Amount:$113,071
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$816,001
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$774,641
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 9:55:01 pm

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