Cantare Children's Choir is a talented choir from the greater Alberton area on Gauteng's East Rand.

The Children’s Choir was founded in 1995 in collaboration with the Southern Gauteng Education Department.  The Cantare Choir has excelled as one of the best children’s choirs in South Africa and has international recognition.


Our outreach programme with 3 development choirs in Thokoza, Katlehong and Tembisa was established in 2004 with sponsorship from the National Lottery Commission.  In 2007 the Harmonia Girls’ Choir was established with girls from the Southern Gauteng Region and Greater Ekurhuleni.


We have a junior development group in Alberton from the ages of 6 – 10 years. 
The choirs consist of children aged between 10 and 18 from various schools in the Southern Gauteng District and Greater Ekurhuleni district. The choirs are selected from approximately 40 different schools in these regions. Currently, 210 choristers are part of our organisation. 79% of these choristers come from historically disadvantaged areas and participate in our development programme. We believe that we are the largest organisation of this kind in South Africa.
 

THE CHOIR OBJECTIVES

  • The choir’s mission is to provide musically talented singers, irrespective of their background equal opportunities to develop their musical talents to their fullest potential 

  • The Cantare Choir organisation is dedicated to identify and enrich singers from the Southern Gauteng region’s lives by teaching music and choral artistry in a joyful, caring, nurturing environment thus ensuring personal and social growth irrespective of their social- and economic circumstances  

  • To promote South African choral and heritage music worldwide so that  we are true ambassadors for our country and to unite languages and cultures through our music 

  • To promote the choir’s activities through participation in cultural-, corporate- and social events. 

  • To uplift the children from historically disadvantaged communities through different music experiences providing opportunities where they are taken from the townships to participate in workshops, concerts, national and international choir festivals to be worthy ambassadors of South Africa, broadening their horizons by building relationships and gaining experience.

  • To develop choristers’ talents through consistent quality training and education in choral music thereby giving them tools to become performing artists, future musicians and choral conductors.

  • Achieving excellence in choral singing by teaching choristers to strive to be the best in what they do. Children are introduced to and taught all genres of choral music and musical theatre.  

  • To teach children singing skills, music theory,  basic music knowledge and history and the playing of musical instruments used with choral singing (drumming and other percussions) 

  • To teach them traditional dances to enhance the traditional South African song and building bridges among the colourful diversity of our Rainbow Nation. 

  • To develop leadership skills, self-worth, teamwork, pride and appreciation of music among singers, parents, guardians and audiences.

  • To give the star of stars the opportunity to travel to Europe in 2020 to showcase the colourful traditional heritage of South Africa

  • It is our mission to make sure that this project continues as it makes a huge difference in the lives of the children in the communities we serve through grants, sponsorship requests, concerts and corporate functions to sustain and enhance the development of the Cantare choir and development choirs in the four townships

ABOUT THE CANTARE CHILDREN'S CHOIR

A Creative Ensemble