Cantabile Music Festival

Region: Metropolitan South | Sydney
Years 3 to 6
Local arts program Public schools Music
Tags: Choral music, Inclusive opportunities

The Cantabile Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates the musical achievements of over 1000 students from public schools throughout Metropolitan South, Regional South and beyond. 

The festival showcases the choral skills of 700 primary school students from Years 3 to 6 who sing together as part of the festival’s Combined Primary School Choir. It highlights the musical talents of many primary and secondary students who perform in the orchestras, stage bands, small group items, ensembles or as accompanists to the choir. The festival’s repertoire reflects a wide range of genres ranging from classical to contemporary musical pieces.

Schools accepted into the choral component of the festival receive all music and professional development.

2023 program information

To apply

Schools are invited to apply for the Cantabile Music Festival Combined Choir by completing the Cantabile Festival 2023 application form.

Applications close on Friday 3 March 2023 (Term 1 Week 6).

Upon successful application, schools will be forwarded additional information to support their participation in the event.

Teacher workshop

Successful schools are required to attend a teacher workshop to learn the repertoire for the festival.

The workshop will be held on Monday 27 March 2023 (Term 1 Week 10) from 1 pm to 4 pm at Haberfield Public School.

Combined choir rehearsal

Participating schools are required to attend a preliminary rehearsal on Thursday 17 August 2023 (Term 3 Week 5) from 10 am to 1 pm at Salvation Army Congress Hall.

Performance date

Wednesday 20 September 2023 (Term 3 Week 10) at the Sydney Opera House.


The cost of participation is $30.00 per student. Payments will be processed from Friday 28 July 2023 through interschool journal.

Instrumental and vocal items

In 2023 performance opportunities are available for outstanding instrumental and vocal items at the Festival of Instrumental Music, Arts Alive Choral Festival, Festival of Choral Music, Cantabile Music Festival and Primary Proms. These opportunities are open to all public school students and can include music ensembles of all sizes, large or small – including soloists and choirs. To find out more and to apply, visit the Instrumental and vocal items page. Applications to be considered for a performance at the Festival of Instrumental Music must be submitted by Monday 24 April 2023. Applications for a performance at all other festivals close on Friday 16 June 2023.



Kate Walters
Luke Wallace
Arts Coordination Officer


Haberfield Public School
Bland Street
Haberfield NSW 2045

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Salvation Army Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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