Cantabella Children's Chorus performs a holiday concert at Asbury United Methodist Church, December 2011.

After many performances during the December holiday season, Cantabella Children's Chorus is preparing for an exciting spring and summer. Rehearsals began last week in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin as more than 200 choristers from kindergarten through twelfth grade prepare new repertoire. This is Cantabella's twentieth season.

A once-in-a-lifetime summer is being planned for Cantabella's Honors Choir. This July, the choristers will travel to Cincinnati, OH, where they were invited to perform and compete at the internationally acclaimed World Choir Games (WCG). Also known as the "Choir Olympics," the WCG began in Linz, Austria in 2000. It is held every two years, and has previously been hosted in Austria, Korea, Germany and China. This is the first year the event has been hosted by the United States. Cantabella Honors Choir members, consisting of auditioned choristers in grades 6-12, have trained and practiced for hundreds of hours to represent the Tri-Valley community at this event. During the WCG, over 20,000 choristers representing more than 70 nations will gather together to sing and share their love of music before nearly 90,000 spectators.

Cantabella is hosting a "cruise-themed" fund-raiser to help send the singers to the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. An evening of good food, entertainment by talented young singers, dancing and auctions will be held at 6:30 P.M., Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Veterans' Memorial Hall, 522 South L Street, Livermore. The public is invited to attend. At the World Choir Games, singing together will bring nations together.

Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, call 925-292-2663.