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Meet Brian Stone of Cantabile in Boulder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Stone.

Brian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Cantabile began first as the St. Cecilia Singers in the late 1970s, incorporating as a 501(c)3 organization in 1989. At first, it was a small group of singers who met in each other’s homes. The musical leadership moved around the ensemble, and sometimes there wasn’t a specific director at the helm. At its heart, the St. Cecilia singers (named for the patron saint of music), and later Cantabile was always about creating community and connection between the musicians of the ensemble. The beauty, meaning, and importance of the music made was a by-product of this community between singers. Today, a large part of our work together is in continuing to foster those long-lasting relationships and to extend an invitation of that connection through music to our Boulder community. The ensemble now boasts a membership of approximately 55 singers who work deeply to connect to each other and music we present.

This is just my fourth year with Cantabile, but it sometimes feels as though I’ve been learning and growing with these musicians for much longer. I have always found deep joy in the relationships forged while making music, and in using music to spotlight and support specific ideals and good works in the world. I think my position leading Cantabile has always felt familiar in part because their roots are steeped in the same values I have come to love. The music we make in Cantabile is about more than just beautiful music; we make music to support each other, and the larger Boulder community that we serve.

Has it been a smooth road?
Cantabile has changed in many ways over the years. Through the growth of the ensemble, changes in artistic leadership, and of course, the shifting role of arts organizations in the 21st century, Cantabile has had to adjust and rethink their mission to stay viable. Behind all that has been a steadfast core of singers who have worked as the volunteer Board of Directors. In the face of any struggle, it is this group of individuals that changes every few years that has kept Cantabile on solid footing.

Recently, Cantabile was honored to receive a three-year grant from the Boulder Arts Commission to support our efforts in marketing and fundraising. This has alleviated one of Cantabile’s recent challenges in extending our visibility and reach in Boulder. Receiving this grant would not have been possible without the strong volunteer support from our Board of Directors.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Cantabile – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Cantabile is an auditioned 55-member choral ensemble dedicated to presenting high-quality performances of a wide range of music, ancient to contemporary, including classical, jazz, gospel, and folk music from many cultures. Our members are auditioned volunteers of various ages, backgrounds, and musical experience, and include trained musicians as well as skilled amateurs. We strive to bring our appreciation and love of music to Boulder County and to provide opportunities for both aspiring new professionals and seasoned performers. Our concerts include professional soloists and guest instrumentalists from around the Boulder and Denver metro areas.

Cantabile continues to evolve in our efforts to perform challenging and diverse music to enrich the Boulder County community. We offer performances at affordable ticket prices to reach a wide audience. Cantabile performs three concert programs each year and brings our music into libraries, senior residences, and other venues for free public outreach performances.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Music and the arts will always be supported. If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it has shown us the important role the arts plays in our yearning for human interaction. Artists of all kinds, and in particular arts educators are finding innovative and fascinating new ways to use the advancements of the 21st century, both intellectual and emotional, to better their outreach in their community. Artists are providing new ways to interact with their audiences and INVOLVE them in the art, and this is what will fuel the next generation of a change in the arts; the understanding that audiences want more than to sit and consume. They want to participate in the creation of beautiful and meaningful art, and through that participation, support it. Cantabile and I are ready to mount that challenge and are thrilled to be present to the art ahead of us.


  • Tickets to all concerts are $15 presale, and $20 at the door. More affordable pricing available for seniors and students.

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