Schola Cantorum, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1605 W El Camino Real Ste 200 Suite 200 Mountain View CA 94040 USA

Mission: The mission of Schola Cantorum is to celebrate the joy of singing with our community: by performing choral music of all styles, including masterpieces and commissioned works; by educating and inspiring our singers and our audiences; and by encouraging community members of all ages to experience, appreciate and participate in choral music activities.

Schola Cantorum was founded in 1964 and has presented numerous world premieres including Libby Larsen s Missa Gaia, Mass for the Earth (1992) and Joseph Jenning s Walk With Me (1998). Schola presented the San Francisco Bay Area s first Messiah Sing in 1966.
Programs: Schola presents a season of eight performances each year featuring masterpieces from the choral repertoire, new works by major composers and works from different cultural traditions.

Our outreach programs include Summer Sings, a series of sing-along events for adults; Preludes, a pre-concert talks series; and our famous Messiah Sing, which has become a 34-year old Bay Area tradition.

Youth outreach programs include Kids sings, a summer series of weekly informal singing workshops for children, and Voices In Harmony, an in-school teaching and performance project. We also offer free concert tickets for high school students, free access to our extensive music library for over 50 community and school music groups, and at least one collaborative concert with a youth or community music group each season.

Schola welcomes just over 6,000 audience members each year to our concert performances and outreach programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a singer in Schola Cantorum Inc. in the San Francisco bay area and can highly recommend the audience experience and the singer experience to any potential member or attendee. The concerts offer music in a variety of musical genres over the course of a season and the singers show a high level of dedication to mastering each. It's also a tightly run organizational ship, making the most of its resources, as every non-profit must in these trying economic times.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Four years of concerts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have all members do more to get our audiences in the seats for the great concerts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I couldn't believe I made it into Schola! The best voices, disciplined singers, every rehearsal a voice lesson, and near professional-level performance. What more could one ask? Greg - director and conductor - likes to program and it shows. We continue to develop and improve. Dawn, our assistant director, accompanist, occasional composer and arranger has no peer. Both she and Greg make rehearsals productive and informative. What we produce from all this is exceptional. What more could one ask?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improved vocal ability

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a little more social time

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Rating: 5 stars  

Schola Cantorum , Inc. has a talented Stanford University music professor as its Director, and a wonderful pianist as its accompanist. This terrific group of 90 choristers have all been auditioned, and are very talented and musical. All music is provided. Schola has its own large library of chorus music.
Our programs are unique and always include challenging pieces for our choristers. There are also MIDI files for our home practice. Our Board of Directors is terrific, always providing good ideas for fund raisers, and giving of much time and effort on our behalf. Schola's member laws are fair and binding. Choristers volunteer time and ideas for fund raisers. We have a GREAT year- end party to celebrate our chorus and our success. What else could anyone want from a well organized chorus and beautiful concerts. This is why I have continued being a member for over 10 years.

For info on joining, or auditions, contact: info@scholacantorum.org

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feedback from friends and the audience...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouid LOVE to have orchestras and professional singers more often, so that we can perform large choral works.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a member of Schola Cantorum. Our group is more than just a singing group it is a vital part of our community and plays a key role, in keeping vocal music alive and making it accessible to a wide range of age groups. I have been a member for almost 10 years and I participate because as we explore the wide range of repertoire every year, I learn, I feel great sharing with my fellow singers, and I love giving the special gift of this music that might otherwise not be available to people, young and old to my friends and our supports who come back again and again to hear us perform. Every week at rehearsal, Greg, our conductor, teaches us something new about the music and our special ability to create something beautiful together so that we can, in turn, continue to give something beautiful to our world... and that's really what life is all about... each of finding ways to put something out there create moments that make others feel good, smile, and just feel good about the world and life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with additional funding so that they can perform more concerts... and do more educational outreach programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This choral group performs a wide variety of music styles, from hawaiian music to an all-russian program. It is invaluable to the community to have exposure to these treasured works of art.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the connection to community members at events like sing-alongs and the choral music festival for high-school singers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find some donors to create an endowment, to ensure the financial viability of the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I enjoy singing with Schola because our Director Greg Wait is outstanding as a director, and as an interpreter of all of the music which we perform. Our singers are selected for their fine voices and fine musical ability. Presently, we are preparing several fine works, among them, Durufle's Requiem, a mesmerizing peice. It is gorgeous! We will be at Stanford Memorial Church on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 8 PM, ...accompanied by an outstanding organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Sunday, our concert will be at the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, 4 Pm...again accompanied by Dr. Morgan. Schola is a great chorus, I think we are the BEST! Luz M. Guerra

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed being part of this chorus for many years. It is a group of very faithful singers, of a Dedicated Director Gregory Wait, of a terrific talented accompanist, and of our great Board Members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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