Schola's first choral performance of the season, with a festive accompanying instrumental ensemble, will take place on Sunday, December 18 (a week before Christmas): Christmas at Lübeck, centering on music of Dieterich Buxtehude. For further information click on "Concerts," above.
About Schola CantorumClick to hear Schola Cantorum singing Du Fay and Lasso.
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is a chamber choir devoted to performances 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 three concerts each season, and sponsors a summer early music workshop for singers. Click on "Workshop," above.
Music DirectorBarry Torres, Music Director of Schola Cantorum, is Director of Music Ensembles at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. At St. Lawrence 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, the founding music director of Schola Cantorum in 1975, directed the group for many years and returned again in 2009 as music director. 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. 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.
HistorySchola Cantorum of Syracuse, under the musical direction of Barry Torres, emerged in 1975 as the community-based successor to an early music collegium that had functioned the previous three years at Syracuse University. After serving as music director from 1975 to 1980 and from 1991 to 2000, Mr. Torres returned again as music director in 2009. Schola has also been privileged to sing under the direction of Bruce Campbell, Jay Hersher, Leonard Phillips, Alex Rakov, and Joyce Irwin.
Since 1983 Schola has conducted an annual summer workshop, at which singers sing early music repertoire and develop the singing skills peculiar to early music ensemble singing. For eighteen years the workshop was led by Alexander Blachly, early music scholar and director of the ensemble Pomerium. Recent directors of the workshop have included Mr. Torres, Susan Hellauer, Amelia LeClair, and Kristina Boerger.
At various times in the past, though not at present, Schola has included an original instruments ensemble.
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse incorporated in 1982 as a non-profit organization. Its board of directors is a cadre of volunteers willing to work to sustain the performance of early music in Central New York.
Schola Cantorum could not continue without its strong base of season subscribers and private donors. Donations to Schola Cantorum of Syracuse are tax deductible pursuant to sec. 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and New York State law (NYS Charities Bureau registration No. 14-73-08).
Schola Cantorum's performances are presented with support from the New York State Council on the Arts.