What Are People Saying?

"Attending a Cantando Festival must be on your To-Do list for this coming year! The music-making is incredible in both quality and quantity. You have to be here to experience everything around you, and that's what music is all about. If words were enough, we'd just read about music. Come to a Cantando Festival for an amazing experience you'll always remember with a smile"
- Jeff Nelson,  Indiana U. Professor, former Canadian Brass member and Guest horn soloist, 2013

"Between the musical excitement indoors,and breathtaking nature outdoors, Cantando is a fantastic place for a spring escape!"
- Dr. Gillian MacKay, Associate Dean, Graduate Education University of Toronto

"The University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble has performed at Cantando Festivals on several occasions, and we've always had outstanding experiences. The Winspear Hall in Edmonton is a sonic marvel, and our audiences have been enthusiastic and appreciative. Cantando is a great time for everyone!."
- Dr. Fraser Linklater, Associate Professor & Director of Bands University of Manitoba

"I had an amazing time at the Cantando festivals...the students were highly motivated ......The big band was top notch and I loved playing with them and The Royal Canadian Artillery Wind ensemble in Edmonton was great…..the UBC wind orchestra in Whistler was also terrific.   Definitely a wonderful  experience for me.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to perform with these high level ensembles."
- Eddie Daniels (clarinet soloist 2014)

"Cantando: an inspirational event highlighted by music, nature and new friendships."
- Allen Vizzutti (trumpet soloist 2013)

"The Cantando Festival is an outstanding performance opportunity for wind bands with receptive audiences of peers, adjudicators of distinction and a fabulous world-class concert hall. I look forward to taking my own wind group to Cantando so they can experience what I did."
- Jeremy S. Brown, Professor and Head of Music U of C

"The Cantando Festival must rank as one of the finest of its kind in North America. Excellent performance venues, including the superb Winspear Centre for Music, outstanding clinicians and very efficient organization have combined to make this one of the most attractive festivals for bands and choirs to attend anywhere."
Leonard Ratzlaff, AOE, CM Chair, Music Department U of A

"I appreciate the Cantando festival for the simple reason that it supports the musical arts unlike any other festival. The main goals are educational and musical; all ensembles work with North America's most sought-after adjudicators in clinics and in a non-competitive environment. All this all takes place in the beautiful acoustical setting of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in downtown Edmonton".
-William Street, Associate Dean, San Jose State College

"Our students had excellent adjudications, top-notch clinics, great concerts and had a great time overall"
- Cameron Friesen, Morden Collegiate

"Thanks for a wonderful festival - we had a great time and learned a great deal as always" - Mike Doogan-Smith, Smithers Secondary

"Thank you so much for a wonderful time at the Cantando festival, it was an experience we won't soon forget. The privilege of playing and conducting in the Winspear will always be a highlight for me" - Emily Friesen, Sisler High School

I had the pleasure of adjudicating at the 2005 non-competitive Cantando Music Festival where I had the delightful experience of hearing groups in the fabulous Winspear Centre for Music. I left the festival feeling uplifted and refreshed as did reportedly the groups who attended. Bravo, Cantando!- Dennis Tupman, Adjudicator

Just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work – we had a very enjoyable experience at the 2005 festival. My students came away very inspired which I am very pleased about. As you know, those things are crucial when trying to build a program. It was great to have such a warm reception as an orchestra and we are especially grateful for the string workshops and Tanya’s guest conducting session. I appreciate that you went out of your way to provide those activities specifically for us so once again, thank you” - Tanya Lamb, Manitoba orchestral director