Meet the Director

 Chamber Choir
Cantabile of Skagit Valley

    In December of 2005, a small group of singers assembled to perform at the Habitat for Humanity Christmas Concert in La Conner, Washington. Out of that original group, Cantabile was formed. Cantabile is an adjective, meaning songlike, or in a smooth, flowing, lyrical style. 

    Today, Cantabile has grown to become a 20-member ensemble of auditioned vocalists gathered from the Skagit Valley area. The group performs Christmas and spring concerts of sacred and secular works. We enjoy performing classical music that has withstood the test of time, and experimenting with contemporary selections that challenge us and entertain our audiences. Our mission is to share our love of beautiful choral music with audiences throughout the Skagit Valley area and beyond.

    Cantabile’s purpose each season is to enhance the community’s enjoyment and understanding of choral arts through communicating the beauty of music. The group has been honored to support Skagit Opera, Skagit Valley Chorale, Skagit Symphony, and other performing arts groups, through members’ active participation in their productions and concerts. We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Anacortes Arts Foundation. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our inspiring concerts.

If you are interested in auditioning for our group, please contact our Executive Director, Jennie Bouma at 425-312-4565 or by email at cantabilechamberchoir@gmail.com  Please know that you are welcome to observe a rehearsal at any time by contacting Jennie Bouma. 

Our Director

Stephen Marshall-Ward joined Cantabile Chamber Choir as Music Director in the fall of 2012.  Dr. Marshall-Ward has multiple degrees in music, specializing in choral conducting, composition, and performance. He completed post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College and Southwestern Seminary.  In 2013, he received a Doctorate in Sacred Music through Oxford University’s Summer Program (England) and The Graduate Theological Foundation, working closely with his mentor, Bishop David Stancliffe, presenting a detailed analysis of Morten Lauridsen’s Midwinter Songs, performed December of 2012 by Cantabile.


As an educator, Dr. Marshall-Ward has taught at Seattle Pacific University and at Trinity Lutheran College, where he served as Chair of the Music Department.  As Music Director and Organist, he has served churches for more than thirty-five years.  He currently serves as Minister of Music and Organist at Seattle’s All Pilgrims Christian Church and as Accompanist/Assistant Choral Director at Bellevue’s Temple B’nai Torah.  His love for choral music has grown and developed over nearly forty years.  His greatest joy comes from bringing singers of all ages together and creating opportunities for making a difference in people’s lives through great music. 


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