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Please attend the Sunday afternoon recital, July 31 at 3:00 pm, that will conclude Schola Cantorum's annual four-day Summer Workshop for singers.

The location is the acoustically blessed sanctuary of Grace Church, Syracuse, at the corner of University Avenue and Madison Street. The repertoire this year is from masses of Orlando di Lasso. Admission is free, but a free-will offering for the expenses of our generous host Grace Church will be gratefully accepted. For further information about the Workshop, click on "Workshop," above.

About Schola Cantorum

Click to hear Schola Cantorum singing Du Fay and Lasso.

Schola 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 Director

Barry 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.


Schola 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.

From Scholas earliest days, part of its program has been an original instruments ensemble, now performing two concerts a year as The Severall Friends.

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.

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