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The Cantilena Women’s Choir was established in 2006 and has been conducted by Lana Bernardes since that time. Cantilena, in Portuguese, means "lightweight song", from the Latin word for "song" or "melody". Whenever possible, during concerts the members of the choir wear a pearl necklace to represent the significance of the activities pursued: each member of the choir is represented by one of the pearls, with the strand linking them all being the music - the main purpose of so much hard work to achieve artistic quality. As well as being an extremely feminine accessory, it also illustrates the quality, refinement, finish and musical beauty that Academia Concerto pursues. Equal voices choirs are not very common in Brazil and, therefore, require constant research to seek out repertoire, both in Brazil and abroad, also making arrangements of pieces for mixed voices. Today the group's repertoire includes major classical composers such as Bach, Handel, Pergolesi, Lotti, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Faure and Villa-Lobos, in addition to a wide-ranging repertoire in relation to periods and styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, Classical, Sacred, Spirituals, Opera, Pop, Folk, ‘a capella’ or with accompaniment. Some especial concerts already performed: Campinas Sacred Music Festival, “Ars Mvsica Sacra” Festival, Finamax Choir Festival, Sorocaba City Council Formal Women's Week, “Israel and the Paths of Peace” Festival, 1st Women’s Choirs Sao Paulo Festival, “Encanta Cruise” Choral Festival at Grand Teatro Mirasierra on the ship Grand Celebration and “Canta Inverno Vinhedo” Choral Festival. In September 2012 held a ten concerts joint tour in Brazil with Septemthillis Girl’s Choir from Slovakia by cities: Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. In September 2013 this group took part in the chorus of the opera "Joanna de Flandres" by Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes with Campinas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Victor Hugo Toro on stage with renowned opera soloists from Brazilian scene. Cantilena Women’s Choir occasionally performs with Camerata Vocal Male Choir, thus forming Academia Concerto's large mixed choir.
Lana Bernardes – Conductor - was piano student at Musiart Center, Resende – RJ, affiliated to The Brazilian Conservatory of Music, with Prof. Olga Tufik. She also studied with pianists Carlos Yansen, Lucy Guimarães, Rosemary Rogovski and Horatio Gouveia. Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Conducting from FIAM/FAAM University - Sao Paulo, with maestros Eduardo Fernandes, Abel Rocha and Sergio Assumpçao. Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy at University of Sorocaba. Since 2012 attends The Group of Philosophical Studies taught by Prof. Dr. Sidney Molina. She had her voice studies with prof. Elias Moreira da Silva and actually Prof. Marilane Bousquet. Worked as conductor of youth and children’s choirs, piano teatcher and music education professor. Since 2005 she is ahead of Academia Concerto along with maestro Altamiro Bernardes and in 2006 formed and conducts Cantilena Women's Choir. She is a member of Academia Concerto Chamber Choir and piano accompanist for Camerata Vocal Male Choir. In 2008 was pianist for Camerata Vocal for Poland Tour and the IV International Choir Festival “Mundus Cantat”, where she received three bronze diplomas. In 2011 toured across Poland as singer of the Academia Concerto Chamber Choir as guest choir at VII International Choir Festival “Mundus Cantat”. In 2012 did a joint tour with the Cantilena Women's Choir and Septhemthillis Girl’s Choir (Slovakia) by five Brazilian cities: Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Curitiba. In 2014 served as assistant conductor in the preparation and singer of Jovem Canto Youth Choir tour in Poland for the 7th International "Edmund Szymanski" Choral Festival in the city of Murowana Goslina, opened the Festival "Academia Cantat" in Gdynia and competed at the X International Choir Festival “Mundus Cantat”, receiving silver diploma in the three categories the group ran: Sacred Music, Secular Music and Gospel, Jazz and Spirituals.Back to the list of ensembles