Cantabile Choirs of Kingston Offering $35,000 in Financial Aid to Members

Charitable arts organization receives a major gift and uses it to support its members 

Kingston, ON – In preparation of their 25th season, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston is thrilled to be the recipient of a major gift from the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul which, alongside generous gifts from private donors, will be used to provide financial assistance to local singers.  

$20,000 in Membership Bursaries 

“Whether you need just a little assistance for yourself or a bigger bursary for your family, we encourage our members, both new and returning, to apply for a bursary! 

After a year of rotating lockdowns and working limitations, individuals and families in Kingston have seen their livelihoods impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This past year has been difficult for many—especially when it comes to financial planning and security when you can’t predict what will come around the corner next,” says Cantabile’s Artistic Director Geoffrey Sirett. By amplifying the financial aid programs available to all new and returning members, the organization seeks to return to its history of fostering a welcoming, inclusive community that is accessible to Kingston residents of all ages. “At the heart of Cantabile is our mission to make the performing arts accessible to all, and we believe that membership fees shouldn’t prevent one from pursuing their passion. With our Membership Bursaries, singers can enjoy the experience of a full rehearsal and concert season without fear of financial burden. 

$15,000 in Graduating Scholarships 

“Many of our most dedicated members found their love of music in our youth programs, eventually chasing their passion for music at the post-secondary level.” 

Offering three children’s programs and two youth programs in addition to adult programming, Cantabile knows the importance of music education for young singers. “We see many of our younger members return year after year, moving up through our choir programs as they age and find their voice. With a focus on teaching the fundamentals of musical performance, our children’s and youth programs are a great way for kids and teens to find a lifelong passion for music,” claims Sirett. “In recognition of outstanding dedication and leadership within our choirs, each year Cantabile offers Graduating Scholarships to members who intend to pursue higher education in music, education, or healthcare, at the post-secondary level. 

Cantabile’s 25th anniversary season kicks off on September 7th and is accepting sign-ups from new and returning members through their new registration process. With in-person rehearsals and live concerts to look forward to this season, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston is ready for you and your family to join them for another year of amazing choral music. 

Founded in 1996 as a community choral organization, Cantabile has grown to offer a wide variety of musical education and performance opportunities for singers of all ages. Cantabile’s programs have been recognized internationally for innovation and artistry, and its performances often attract sell-out audiences. Cantabile supports the larger artistic community through the commissioning of new works and creating multi-disciplinary collaborations with Canadian artists. The organization aims to reduce barriers to the performing arts by providing bursaries to members in need of financial assistance, rehearsing and performing in accessible spaces, and ensuring an inclusive environment for individuals of all identities.