Cantares Venezuelan Choir
The “Cantares” Venezuelan Choir is a non-profit organization created for promoting Venezuelan and Latin-American rhythms, both traditional music and folklore, through choral music. Cantares was established in June 2010, building on the long term choral experience of its founders. Our mission is to accomplish goals beyond just choral activities. Thus, we aim to promote Venezuelan-Canadian cultural exchange, ensuring the preservation of our identity through generations, by exposing young Venezuelan-Canadians to the Venezuelan traditional music experience.
Our activities will not be limited to occasional performances, but will include a thorough research of the Venezuelan and Latin-American music and rhythms. With this knowledge, we will organize workshop-performances in which this information can be disseminated to the general public.
The choir includes 24 members. Our conductor, Juan Sosa, has an extensive experience in choral directing. He studied at the Conservatory of Music of Valencia, Venezuela; and founded and conducted ¨The Columba Méndez Dorante¨ choir in Tinaco - Cojedes, Venezuela, for eight years. The choir is also honored by having the soprano Gloria Vargas as vocal coach. Gloria is a well renowned lyric singer, having graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, with a Master degree from the New England Conservatory of Music of Boston.
Since its founding, Cantares has participated in a variety of public events, such as the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Calgary Carol Festival and in the 2011 and 2012 Alberta Choral-Fest, which was organized by the Federation of corals of Alberta. In all these cultural events, the Venezuelan Songs Choir has received excellent feedback from a team of evaluators with extensive choral experience.
In 2011, Cantares was proud to share the stage with Ilan Chester, a Venezuelan musician, who was one of the winners in the Grammy Latino 2010. In 2012, Cantares performed the first Gala Concert for 400 people, in the John Dutton Theatre in Calgary. Also, in May, Cantares performed a concert for the benefit of the residents of Garrison Green Seniors Community and in July participated in the XV International Kathaumiwx in Powell River, BC, where it was represented Canada and Venezuela.
In Summer and Fall of 2012, “Cantares” was very active promoting cultural exchange by participating in multicultural activities in the city of Calgary, such as the celebration of Colombia Day on August 11, at Stanley Park, Mexico’s Independence Day on September 15, at the Chinese Cultural Centre, and at the "Alberta Culture Days” at the Mount Royal Conservatory" which was celebrated on September 29. The group closed its activities in 2012 by offering the first Christmas concert for 200 people, which was held on December 6 at the Calgary Scandinavian Centre.
Cantares is a mixed (female and male) SATB type choir, since it includes Soprano and Alto female voices and Tenors and Bass male voices.
Conductor: Juan Sosa
Vocal Coach and Soprano: Gloria Vargas
Assistant Conductor: Norka Marcano
Carolina Coto (leader)
María Esther Fernandez
María Fernanda Forte
Ana Sofia D'Aubeterre
Norka Marcano (leader)
Miguel Arturo Possamai
Juan F Cepeda (leader)