Special to Harker News Online from Susan Nace, Cantilena’s director. Listen to recordings of the performance by clicking on the links at the bottom of the article.
Cantilena earned their third unanimous superior (highest honors) at the California Music Educators Association regional choral festival held at Saratoga High School. Judges complimented the ensemble on their warm and inviting tone, excellent vocal resonance, exceptional blend, consistent intonation and rich quality (see the linked recordings of the songs at the end of this article). Adjudicator Catherine Smith, delighted to hear a women’s ensemble at the festival, commented on the strength of Cantilena’s sound with “strong women who sing.” In the sight singing portion, Travis Rogers, another adjudicator, praised Cantilena for their discipline and careful listening to each other. “You should be bursting with pride! What a wonderful representation you made for your school today, beautiful in every way: discipline, posture, alertness, attentiveness, taking responsibility for yourself for your own parts.”
Listen! Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit a traditional song arranged by William Dawson