About Schola CantorumSchola Cantorum of Syracuse consists of two performing ensembles: a small chamber choir, and a small consort of instrumental players, The Severall Friends Consort, who perform on original instruments. Both groups are 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 a series of concerts each year -- this year three performances by the vocal ensemble and two instrumental concerts by the Severall Friends. Schola also sponsors a four-day workshop for singers each summer. Click on "Workshop," above.
Music 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, a founding member of Schola Cantorum in 1973, directed the group from 1976 to 1980 from 1991 to 2000, before assuming the directorship again in 2009. 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.
The Severall Friends ConsortThe core members of Schola's instrumental ensemble, The Severall Friends Consort, are Kate Cushing, Joscelyn Godwin, Alex Korolov, and Toby Weinberg.
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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