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Would you care to sing for a long weekend this summer, learn some Renaissance repertoire, and polish up your small ensemble singing technique? If you are young, maybe for free? Schola Cantorum can help.

Schola Cantorum 2017 Summer Workshop for Singers

July 6 - 9 (Thursday through Sunday)
Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse
directed by Dr. Kristina Boerger

Director *** Repertoire *** Participants *** Venue and schedule *** Tuition and registration *** Free tuition for young singers *** References and audition *** Eating and sleeping ***

WORKSHOP COORDINATOR -- and the addressee for registrations -- and the one who welcomes any questions you may have:

Karen Nezelek
101 Shirley Rd
Syracuse, NY 13224
If you call, always leave a message!


Schola Cantorum was honored to have Dr. Boerger direct the Workshop in 2004, and further honored by her return as director many of the summers since then. Dr. Boerger received her formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter and holds a doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. She serves presently as Director of University Choirs at DePauw University. Her extensive activities and credits as singer, conductor, teacher, and choral arranger, particularly in the area of early music, are detailed at her elegant website, which definitely is worth a look (and a listen): KristinaBoerger.com (To return to this page, use the back button (<=) on your browser.)


For the 2017 Workshop, Kristina has chosen settings by Renaissance masters of texts from the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon), the Hebrew Bible's book of sexual love poetry:

Jacquet de Mantua, Veni dilecte mi (Come, my beloved)

Clemens non Papa, Ego flos campi (I am the flower of the field)
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Lassus, Osculetur me (Let him kiss me)
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Palestrina, Descendi in ortum (I went down into the garden)

Guttur tuum (Thy throat is like the finest wine)
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Schütz, Vulnerasti cor meum (You have ravished my heart)
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The Workshop is open to singers age 16 and older who have experience singing choral music. This is a convivial but hard-working workshop. Participants must be able to learn music and sing in time and in tune from a score. Participation is limited to 40 singers, on a first-come, first-served basis. Experienced singers from Schola Cantorum participate as informal section leaders.

Venue and schedule

The Workshop takes place again this year at Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Street & University Avenue (819 Madison St., Syracuse 13210). Knowledgeable singers love the acoustics of Grace's sanctuary. The church is just down the hill from Syracuse University, with plenty of places to eat and shop. The Workshop runs from 2 pm Thursday until about 6 pm Sunday, including a pot-luck supper on Saturday evening, singing as guest choir for the church's Sunday morning service, and a recital open to the public on Sunday afternoon. Singing at the Sunday morning service is in appreciation of the church's hospitality to us.

Thursday July 6:
2 - 5 pm
7 - 9 pm

Friday July 7:
9 am - noon
2 - 5 pm
7 - 9 pm

Saturday July 8:
9 am - noon
2 - 5pm
6 pm potluck supper

Sunday July 9:
9:30 am service
1 - 2:45 pm rehearsal
3:00 pm concert

Tuition and registration

Tuition is $185 if you register by June 20 ($210 (thereafter). High school, college and graduate students may apply for free tuition (see below).

Please print out and complete this registration form, and mail it, with your check, to Karen Nezelek. Call or e-mail Ms. Nezelek (see above) if you have any questions. Your check should be payable to Schola Cantorum. If you are a young singer requesting free tuition, please so indicate!

TO: Karen Nezelek
101 Shirley Road
Syracuse, NY 13224



City, State, ZIP: ____________________

Phone (home): _______________________

(work): _______________________

Email: ________________________

Singing part (S/A/T/B?) _____________

Free tuition for young singers

Free Workshop tuition is available to young singers, from age 16 through post-graduate. Schola is eager to give young singers exposure to the pleasures of singing early music. High school students (if in New York) should have attained at least Level 5 in NYSSMA solos. We may want to contact your music teacher or ensemble director for a recommendation.

Potentially interested young singers, or their teachers or ensemble directors, are urged to contact Ms. Nezelek.

Free tuition for young singers is through the generosity of donors to the Bruce Memorial Scholarship Fund. Dr. Kenneth Bruce, who died in 2002, had sung with Schola Cantorum for many years and was very supportive and helpful to young singers who joined the group.

References and audition

If this is your first time for the Workshop, give us details about your singing experience. Our contact with your singing teacher or ensemble director may help. But ask Karen Nezelek whether Schola may want you to submit a short audition recording.

An audition, if needed, would be to assess basic accuracy of pitch and rhythm, not voice quality. The recording may be either in mp3 format or on cassette tape, singing your own voice part, unaccompanied, on a choral piece that we would designate. The audition would be assessed by Barry Torres, director of Schola Cantorum.

Eating and sleeping

Housing and meals are on your own (apart from the Saturday potluck supper and the usual Sunday post-recital potluck reprise). Eating out in groups is one of the pleasures of this workshop, with the natives guiding the visitors to convenient and inexpensive local eating places.

Four hotels, in the $160 - $180 range for a double, are within walking distance of Grace Church. The Genesee Grande is one block away. The Park View, Sheraton SU, and Crowne Plaza are within half a mile. In the $180 - $200 range is the newly opened Hotel Skyler, 2 blocks away. You can Google to these hotels' websites, and also check them out on TripAdvisor.

Rooms for $100 or less are available at brand-name motels near the Carrier Circle Thruway exit. These include Ramada, Days Inn, Red Roof, Quality Inn, and Motel 6. From Carrier Circle to Grace Church is about a 20-minute drive (seven miles).

Free housing in the homes of Schola members may be available to young singers.

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