For over forty years, the choir has become a highly respected group within the choral scene in Adelaide and maintained a reputation for high standards of choral singing, whilst having fun in achieving this.
Cantabile sing a mixture of music ranging from Jazz, Gospel, through to Classical and Baroque. Each year we perform a major work and have built up a strong relationship with soloists from State Opera, Adelaide Chamber Singers and members from the Norwood and Burnside Symphony Orchestras and Brass FX. Major works have included Gounod’s Messe Solennelle St Cecilia, Rutter’s Magnificat, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rutter and Puccini’s Requiem and Vivaldi's Gloria.
More recently we have performed the Adelaide premiere of Nicholas Buc’s choral and orchestral work, Mary MacKillop Mass.
Our lighter programs have been presented more recently as cabaret shows. These have been very popular, often selling out. The Christmas season has become a hive of activity from Lessons & Carols, which we present in a number of churches around Adelaide, to our very long association as the resident choir at the Burnside Carols in the Park.
OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR and CONDUCTOR
Denise Rothall is a graduate of Flinders Street School of Music and Adelaide College of the Arts, where she gained her Bachelor of Education in Music and Drama. She also holds an A.Mus.A. in piano.
While working as Music Coordinator at Marymount College, Denise’s passion for choral music grew. She attended a summer music school at Westminster Choir College in Princeton USA, and was hooked. She auditioned and was accepted to further her studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA where she completed a Master of Music degree, majoring in choral conducting, under the tutelage of Constantina Tsolainou and minor studies in orchestral conducting with Dr David Milnes.
Since her return to Australia, Denise has been invited to work with a number of choirs in Adelaide, including Adelaide Girls Choir, Graduate Singers, Corinthian Singers, Mt Lofty Singers and interstate as guest conductor with the Mozart Choir and the Warrnambool Symphony Orchestra.
Denise has also been invited to be a guest speaker by Kodaly Association, JSHAA Music Teachers, ANCA, Dalcroze Association and guest conductor, for the Royal School of Church Music SA Chapter.
In 2013, ANCA SA nominated Denise for a CEASA award in the category of Outstanding Educator for her work as the Music Director of the Catholic Schools Music Festival.
In 2016 Denise accepted the invitation to be part of a Conducting Mentoring Program, a new initiative by the National ANCA.
Denise is Music Director for the Catholic Schools Music Festival.
Meredith Wilson completed a Bachelor of Music at Adelaide University and an Advanced Certificate in Accompaniment at Flinders Street School of Music (Adelaide Institute of TAFE) in 1988. She is a piano teacher both in her own home studio and at various schools in Adelaide including Pulteney Grammar School and Kings Baptist Grammar School.
Meredith is a highly respected freelance accompanist who has had extensive experience including all levels of AMEB and SACE exams, University Performance exams, Young Adelaide Voices, Graduate Singers, Adelaide Cabaret and Fringe Festival events, and school performances such as recitals, musicals, choirs and eisteddfods.
Meredith enjoys her teaching and accompanying, as well as looking after and juggling the lives of her busy family.
She has accompanied Cantabile Singers since the beginning of 2009.