Cantabile singing onstage during a concert. They wear white, short-sleeved blouses and long black skirts or black pants. Their conductor stands in front of them.

Cantabile Girl Choir (Grades 8-10, auditioned)


Marie Putman, teacher-conductor


Virtual rehearsals via Google Meet
First English Lutheran Church, Choir Room

Rehearsals: Sundays, HOLD 5:45–7:45 p.m.*

September 20–December 13
January 10–March 21

* Specific times will adjust weekly.

The Cantabile (cahn-TAH-bee-lay) curriculum reinforces rhythmic and melodic reading skills and explores a wide variety of music written for advanced treble choirs. Singers perform on both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts and in the Fox Valley community as opportunities arise.

Students registered for Community Music School ensembles are also expected to participate in a curricular (during the school day, for credit) performing musical ensemble when available; Cantabile should not substitute for curricular music programs.

2020-21 Season

Due to what we know about the virus and its spread through orally-emitted aerosols, it's clear that we cannot begin the year safely with in-person choral instruction. Girl Choir teacher-conductors have been hard at work creating a plan that will allow us to begin the year with an online experience and easily pivot to in-person rehearsals as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are excited to announce that Cantabile singers will have the opportunity to participate in several unique experiences. We will welcome choral professionals to join us in our rehearsal process which will give our singers the opportunity to work with conductors, composers, and educators with a wide range of expertise. In addition, the Children of the World in Harmony Festival, an international children's choir festival we participated in ten years ago, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Petoskey, Michigan in July of 2021. Although it is unclear whether or not the festival will be held in person, and similarly unclear if it will be safe to sing together or travel by then, the festival organizers are also building a virtual festival. We have been invited to participate due to our success ten years ago.

If singing and travel is safe, we will bus north to the beautiful Lake Michigan shore town of Petoskey. We will sing in a massed choir with singers from other choirs and a guest conductor. Should it be unsafe to travel or sing in person, we will still be able to participate as virtual choir members of a massed choir as well as a virtual combined Cantabile/Bel Canto choir. Please note that this festival, as with any tours, will have additional fees. We are excited to provide these unique opportunities during an unusual year of choral instruction and will provide further details upon your Girl Choir registration.


Audition requests are closed for the 2020-21 season. Please fill out our interest form to receive audition information in the spring for the upcoming season.

Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.


Policies and Required Materials

Registration in a Community Music School program indicates your understanding and acceptance of our guidelines. In addition to the guidelines, please click through the subjects below to read about Girl Choir-specific policies and required materials.

Girl Choir Handbook
The 2020-21 Girl Choir handbook will be mailed to registered families and linked to the website. Please refer to the Girl Choir handbook for a comprehensive list of guidelines.
Google Classroom
Registered families will receive an email with an invite link and instructions on how to join and use their ensemble's Google Classroom. Your choir’s teacher-conductor and the Community Music School program & marketing assistant will post resources, references, and announcements in the Classroom. Families are responsible for checking their email and Classroom for up-to-date choir information. Older singers are responsible for checking their Classroom for weekly homework assignments; your teacher-conductor will communicate their expectations regarding homework at the first rehearsal.

Click here to view general Classroom instructions.

Electronics Policy
Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and backstage during concerts. If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.
Concert Uniform
  • Singers will need to purchase a white uniform top. 
  • Singers new to Cantabile who were not in Arioso must purchase a uniform black skirt or pants.
  • Singers who already own a skirt may choose to be fitted for and purchase the uniform pants or continue to wear the skirt they already own.
  • The skirt/pants will need to be hemmed to the top of the foot while wearing your performance shoes.
  • Singers will need to provide black closed-toed, flat-heeled dress shoes. Singers wearing skirts must wear black pantyhose, and singers wearing pants must wear black socks.
  • Singers should not wear jewelry on performance days. This includes necklaces, bracelets, watches, or earrings that extend below the lobe (post-style earrings are acceptable.) Singers who arrive wearing jewelry will be asked to remove it; the Girl Choir program cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items.
  • Hair must be a natural color, or sprayed a natural color, for performance. Singers with longer hair should pull or pin hair back so that it does not obscure their face while on stage. Hair accessories should be small and the color of the hair.
  • No uniform return is necessary at the end of the season.
Choir Materials
  • Cantabile singers must bring a three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal. They are expected to complete weekly assignments, compiled in the Announcements section of this page.
  • Music is the property of the Community Music School. At the end of each semester, there will be a $3 fee assessed per each piece of lost or damaged music.
  • Singers new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Community Music School office at the cost of $10 plus tax.


Three photos: Cantabile students singing during a concert, students posing dramatically and trying not to laugh, Cantabile warming up backstage. The Girl Choir logo follows, the "C" stylized to look like a treble clef.