Cantabile Music Festival

Region: Metropolitan South | Sydney
Years 3 to 6
Local arts program Music
Tags: Choral music

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.

2024 program information

To apply

Schools are invited to apply for the Cantabile Music Festival combined choir by completing the Cantabile Festival 2024 application form.

Applications close on Friday 1 March 2024 (Term 1 Week 5).

Upon successful application, schools will be sent 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 Wednesday 27 March 2024 (Term 1 Week 9) from 1 pm to 4 pm at Haberfield Public School.

Combined choir rehearsal

Participating schools are required to attend a preliminary rehearsal on Thursday 25 July (Term 3 Week 1) from 10 am to 1 pm at Salvation Army Congress Hall.

Performance date

Monday 19 August 2024 (Term 3 Week 5) at the Sydney Opera House.


The cost of participation is $30.00 per student. Payments will be processed at the end of Term 2 through interschool journal.

Instrumental and vocal items

In 2024 performance opportunities are available for outstanding instrumental and vocal items. These opportunities are open to all public school students and can include music ensembles of all sizes, large or small – including soloists and choirs. Applications for instrumental and vocal items will open in Term 1 2024.

Cantabile Music Festival committee members

The Cantabile Music Festival is currently seeking expressions of interest from teachers who are wishing to join our wonderful committee and work towards planning and delivering the Cantabile Music Festival 2024.

Committee members would be expected to:

  • attend committee meetings (held approximately twice each school term on TEAMS)
  • assist with the planning and delivery of the festival, as negotiated with the committee and program coordinator
  • attend the rehearsal day and concert day event.

Casual relief will be covered by the festival.

To express your interest in joining the committee, complete the Cantabile Music Festival committee member EOI by Friday 1 March 2024.


Kate Walters
David Collins-White
Artistic Director
Michelle Murphy
Arts Coordination Officer
Riverwood Education Office
0425 384 484


Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney NSW 2000

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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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