The female youth choir "Il Calicanto" consists of singers aged between 14 and 25 years. Born in 2000 as a children's choir, it has developed over time and today represents the youth group of the Estro Armonico Association. Over time, Il Calicanto has taken part in various events and festivals in Italy (Follonica, Teramo, Riccione, Rome, Vittorio Veneto, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Marostica, Sassari) and abroad (“Europa Cantat” festival in Utrecht in 2009, Turin 2012, Pècs 2015, Tallinn 2018). The choir has always ranked among the top places in choral competitions such as Riva del Garda, Quartiano (MI), Vittorio Veneto and Matera. Among the latest successes of the ensemble, there are the 1st place in two categories of the “Joseph Grima” choral competition in 2019, the 2nd place in the category of female choirs and 1st place in the category of folk music at the national choir competition of the Lago Maggiore, also in 2019, as well as the 1st prize in the category of amateur choirs at the “Schola Cantorum” international competition in Ravello and the 2nd prize in the category of youth choirs at the national choir competition ”AERCO – Turn on your voice” in 2020. The group also collaborates with the professional actress Cristina Recupito, who oversees the interpretative and choreographic aspect of the musical programme. Il Calicanto’s repertoire includes both sacred and profane polyphony compositions ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. It also includes pop and light songs, as well as folk songs (Neapolitan and not), and pieces of ethnic traditional music from all over the world.

The choir was founded and is directed by Silvana Noschese. The accompanying pianist is Andrea Donadio.





Sociologist, music therapist, psicofonia expert, music history teacher, choir conductor. She grew up on music and singing, always looking for new ways to give “body to the voice and voice to the body”. Over the years she has developed a project of vocality and chorality that tries to integrate and synthesize different experiences and skills: yoga of sound, voice and perineum, voice and sensoriality, singing and communication. In Salerno, she conducts the mixed choir Estro Armonico, the youth female choir Il Calicanto and the children's choir of the G. Verdi Theater. She was the scientific coordinator of the "Master for Operators in Music Therapy" of the Salerno Conservatory. Experiencing the "senses" of sound, voice and singing at any age has become one of her greatest passions. Her musical, vocal and choral opus is expressed in different areas: education, art, personal evolution and also in contexts of prevention and therapy. She leads groups of prenatal singing, family singing, and courses on «The Senses in Music» and on «Public Speaking» at schools, institutions and associations. The results of her research and intervention programmes are published in books and specialized journals. Former member of the Artistic Commission of the A.R.C.C. and of the Italian National Federation of Regional Choral Associations (Fe.N.I.A.R.Co.), she is now the artistic director of various choral events (Cantagiovani, Cori in Coro). She founded the "Choral School" in Salerno, a choral training programme for children, adolescents and young people, with the aim of educating them to sing well, communicate well and be ... well.


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