7:00 p.m. is the revised start time for for Schola Cantorum's next choral concert, on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The program is "Peace and Love," featuring Guillaume DuFay's mid-15th century mass, Missa se la face ay pale. A second performance will take place on Sunday, May 4 in Elmira. For details, click on Concerts, above. For audio samples from Schola's 2000-2001 recording of this Du Fay mass, click here.
About Schola CantorumSchola Cantorum of Syracuse consists of two performing ensembles: a small chamber choir, and a small consort of instrumental players (named Gamba Obscura). Both groups are devoted to the performance of early music, defined as European classical music from the Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque eras, prior to the time of J.S. Bach.
Schola Cantorum presents a series of concerts each year -- this year three performances by the vocal ensemble and two by the viol consort. Schola also sponsors a four-day workshop for singers each summer. Click on "Workshop," above.
DirectorBarry Torres, Music Director of Schola Cantorum, has served since 1998 as Director of Music Ensembles at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. In that capacity he teaches singing, and a course in 16th Century performance practice, in addition to directing the Laurentian Singers (St. Lawrence's 28-member select choir), the University Chorus, and the Gospel Choir and Band.
Mr. Torres was a founding member of Schola Cantorum of Syracuse in 1973. He previously directed the group from 1976 to 1980 and from 1991 to 2000. In the late 1990's he led Schola in recorded performances of two great 15th Century masses: Guillaume Du Fay's Missa Se la face ay pale and Jean Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum. He returned again as Schola's music director in 2009.
As a singer and player of early wind instruments, Mr. Torres has appeared with the Orchestra of Northern New York, with NYS Baroque, and as a member of Sonare. He is a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Music where he studied composition and music theory.
Consort MasterAlexander Rakov received his education in performance and conducting from Leningrad Conservatory and has dedicated himself to performing early music since the early 1970s. He performs internationally on viola da gamba and lute and has directed collegia at St. Lawrence and Syracuse Universities. He is a former director of the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum. As consort master of Gamba Obscura, he leads the musicians who perform with Schola's vocal ensemble in some of its concerts and who this year are presenting two concerts devoted entirely to instrumental music.
HistorySchola Cantorum of Syracuse began in 1973 as a collegium musicum at Syracuse University, under the direction of Donald Smithers. When Professor Smithers left the university in 1976, Barry Torres became director. Other music directors over the years have included Joyce Irwin, Bruce Campbell, Jay Hersher, Leonard Phillips and Alex Rakov. Barry Torres returned as director in 2009.
In 1982, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse incorporated as a non-profit organization, with a board of directors consisting of volunteers willing to work to sustain the performance of early music in Central New York. Since 1983, Schola Cantorum has been favored to receive grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as grants in some years from the Onondaga County Cultural Resources Council. However private donations have always been a major source of Schola's funding, and in these stringent times for government funding for the arts, private donations are of ever greater importance. Your contributions to Schola Cantorum of Syracuse are fully deductible for federal and NY State income tax purposes, according to the provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3) and NYS Charities Bureau (registration No. 14-73-08).
Schola Cantorum's performances are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.
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