The Calicantus singing school

The Calicantus choir has been active in Switzerland and internationally for some twenty years, both educationally and artistically. Its aims are to teach singing to the younger generations and organise cultural exchanges with choirs from all over the world.
Since the 1990s, in addition to its well-regarded technical achievements and wonderful sound, Calicantus has been a beacon, a lone voice bringing to Switzerland the charm of a specialist, little-known repertoire which ranges from Renaissance music to international folk, ethnic music, jazz, and pop.


Choral project: Calicantus - 150 children and teens between the ages of 5 and 15

Calicantus is a unique music school that has been active in Ticino for decades.


Calicantus & Little singers of Armenia, Ascona 2016
Calicantus & Little singers of Armenia, Ascona 2016


Any child or teen within the given age limit who wants to learn music is welcome to join the singing school without having to fulfill any requirements, such as undergoing a selection process or audition.

The choir also serves as a valid form of assistance for children in difficult situations or from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and it contributes to socialization starting with the youngest students, at 4/5 years.

Calicantus’ educational mission is expressed through the promotion of cultural exchanges and participation in a variety of festivals; the project also has an ongoing aim to develop a holistic approach to musical learning.



The Aim

The school is committed to upholding its values: collaborating towards a common goal, sharing, giving, and mutual respect.

In this sense, the singing school, particularly the Calicantus project, has been working for decades to provide an important service to the local community.

Places & Dates


24-28 September 2015, International Choral Competition in Rimini, Italy

28 March - 7 April 2018, the 15th International Festival Competition “Holiday of Spring” in Prague, Czech Republic

Summer music internships in Broc

5-19 August 2017

10-23 August 2019

Music tours

29 March - 1 April 2016Tour in Italy: Umbria, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna

13-14 May 2016, Fribourg, the 40th anniversary of the St. Michel Choir

27-31 May 2016, at the Collegio Papio Church in Ascona, and in Lugano with the Little Singers of Armenia

Concerts in Savigny, Gruyères and Broc

16 and 17 August 2017

17-21 August 2019