WOW – WHAT A GREAT FESTIVAL SEASON CANTANDO HAD IN 2017.
With over 30 adjudicators, over 15 different venues, 3 western Canadian locations, over 6500 students and some of the best performing groups in Canada, we had some great responses from our participants and performers.
"This was our first time attending this festival. Having heard so many great things about the festival, we finally had a chance to try it out. I can’t say enough on how refreshing the experience was. The adjudicators were fantastic. The non-competitive nature of the festival was supported by every instructor and was embraced by all the students and teachers involved. Thank you for an amazing musical experience and learning opportunity for my music students... I highly recommend this festival - high marks for sure!"- Kathy Fester, Heritage Woods Secondary School Port Moody, BC
"Thanks so much for such a fantastic trip. Of all the trips that I have taken my choir on, this was definitely the best. The hotel was a lot of fun, Whistler Village feels so safe, the scenery is memorable, the clinicians were excellent, the concerts were great, and the massed choir was such a positive experience. My students, and my parent chaperones, can't say enough good things. Thanks for all of your excellent communication in helping us organize this."- Jean-Marie Michaud, Seattle Youth Choir and Eckstein Middle School Choir
"Templeton had an excellent time at Whistler.. Well organized event, with friendly and passionate volunteer staff. The students enjoyed the accommodations and the music events (especially M-Pact performance). I really appreciate the process vs. outcome oriented philosophy the festival used to encourage student growth and music development. The clinicians were excellent. We had a phenomenal time and look forward to planning our trip with you next year. Many thanks!"- Alison Yau, Templeton High School Choir
"Just a quick note on how much we loved the festival and all the choral activities. The Mass choir was our favourite with 600 students rocking it out with M-pacts and Stevie Wonder. Overall, we had a great time at the Festival, as did all of our students! Thanks for everything"- Sarah Schaub, Archbishop Jordon Choir, Sherwood Park
"The Cantando Music Festival is a truly transformative experience in the educational and artistic development of young musicians. The combination of high caliber clinicians, adjudicators, and guest artists, along with the breath-taking backdrop of the festival locations themselves, are among the most impressive of any festival we've been a part of. We can't wait to work with them again!"- Jeff Smith, Artistic Director, M-pact
Our dates for 2018 are listed below (including our new festival in Puerto Vallarta) and we expect to get more info on these festivals in early summer. We have our usual slate of great guest performers and adjudicators so put Cantando at the top of your list for your festival destination next year.
Shelley Jagow ~ Gillian Mackay ~ Fraser Linklater ~ Angela Schroeder ~ Larry Gookin ~ Don Owens ~ Mark Lane ~ Jacquie Dawson ~ Dean McNeill ~ Ray Baril ~ Fred Stride ~ Carrie Tennant ~ Scott Leithead ~ John Chalmers ~ Jennifer Lang ~ Elroy Friesen ~ Dinah Helgeson ~ Graeme Langager ~ Jennifer Moir ~ Dominic Gregorio ~ Frank Lee ~ Jennifer Moir ~ Allison Girvan ...and more.