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Schola Cantorum's Summer Workshop for Singers

Kristina Boerger will return to lead the 2015 summer workshop, taking place from Thursday, July 30th to Sunday, August 2nd. We will be singing the absolutely amazing "Officium Defunctorum" by Tomas Luis de Victoria, also known as his Requiem Mass.

Kristina Boerger received her formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter and holds the doctorate in Choral Conducting & Literature from the University of Illinois. Having taught public-school choirs in the Midwest and served on the faculties of Lake Forest College, the Millikin University School of Music, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Carroll University, she is currently Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of Illinois.

During several New York seasons as director of AMUSE and the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, Boerger conducted premieres by Lisa Bielawa, Robert Dennis, Matthew Harris, David Lang, Elliot Z. Levine, and Yumiko Matsuoka; she directed Cerddorion in Bielawa's "Lamentations for a City" heard on A Handful of World, on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Other New York collaborations as a vocal ensemble director included projects with the Christopher Caines Dance Company, Dancing in the Streets, and Alarm Will Sound. Boerger also prepared the Collegiate Chorale in Giove in Argo, Alceste, and Verdis Requiem for performances with the New York City Opera Orchestra. Boerger's guest conductorships have included the Syracuse Schola Cantorum, the Five Colleges Consortium, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and Chanticleer. Her work in the 1990s as Founding Director of Champaign-Urbana's AMASONG is the subject of a highly acclaimed PBS documentary by Jay Rosenstein.

In New York, Boerger sang with the Western Wind and Pomerium, also performing with the Vox Vocal Ensemble, the choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, Early Music New York, Musica Sacra, and the Pro Arte Singers. She appeared in the 2006 and 2009 runs of Sir Jonathan Miller's semi-staged Bach Saint Matthew Passion at BAM. From her current base in the Midwest, she continues with Pomerium and VOX and has toured as a guest of The Rose Ensemble, also appearing with Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.

For more complete information, please visit www.kristinaboerger.com.

Participants *** Venue and schedule *** Repertoire *** Tuition *** Free tuition for young singers *** Housing and meals ***
Registration form *** Young singers application *** Young singers teacher recommendation *** Accommodations

Participants and Registration

The Workshop is open to singers age 16 and older who have experience singing choral music. This is a convivial but hard-working workshop. One must be able to learn music and sing in time and in tune from a score independently. To assess this skill a recording of you singing an excerpt unaccompanied will be required. This is not to assess voice quality but to check accuracy of pitch and rhythm (see "Audition Recording" below).

Participation will be limited to 40 singers, on a first-come, first-served basis. After 40 registrations, a waiting list will be kept in the event any early registrants find they must withdraw. Your payment will be your registration commitment. Full refunds will be available through June 15.

Venue and schedule

The Workshop takes this year at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, 812 North Salina Street, Syracuse, NY. The weekend runs from Thursday at 2 pm to Sunday at about 6pm, 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 Assumption's hospitality to us.

Thursday July 30:
2 - 5 pm
7 - 9 pm

Friday July 31:
9 am - noon
2 - 5 pm
7 - 9 pm

Saturday August 1:
9 am - noon
2 - 5pm
6 pm potluck supper

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


This summer's program will be the sublime Officium Defunctorum of Tomás Luis de Victoria, sometimes better known as Victoria's Requiem Mass.

This challenging and beautiful work will be an excellent follow-up to last year's workshop and will offer immense rewards in study and practice. In six parts throughout its length, for proper performance it definitely requires having an adequate number of singers. We would love all applicants to make a special effort to encourage your singing colleagues to come and join you for what will be an incredible experience.


Tuition is $185 for registrations through June 15, $210 thereafter. High school and college students may apply for free tuition (see below).

For further information, contact the Workshop Coordinator:

Timothy J. Beck
54 Norton Avenue
Clinton, NY 13323
917-392-1047 (evenings/weekends) timothyjbeck@gmail.com

Free tuition for young singers

Free Workshop tuition is available to a limited number of young singers, from age 16 through college age. High school students (if in New York) should have attained at least Level 5 in NYSSMA solos. The application process includes a teacher's recommendation. Schola is eager to give young singers exposure to the pleasures of singing early music.

We are especially looking for interested young Tenors!

Potentially interested young singers, or their teachers or ensemble directors, are urged to contact Schola's music director, Barry Torres, at


The application form for young singers (which includes Mr. Torres' mailing address and telephone) appears below.

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.

Housing and meals

Housing and meals are on your own. A list of nearby hostelries appears below. 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. (Free housing in the homes of Schola members may be available to young singers.)

Registration form

Please print out and complete the registration form that appears below, and mail it, with your check, to Timothy J. Beck. Your check for $185 ($210 after June 15) should be payable to Schola Cantorum. (If you are a young singer requesting free tuition, please so indicate!)

Timothy J. Beck,
54 Norton Avenue,
Clinton, NY 13323

E-mail: timothyjbeck@gmail.com

Phone: 917-392-1047 (evenings/weekends)



City, State, ZIP: ____________________

Phone (home): _______________________

(work): _______________________

Email: ________________________

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

Audition Recording

As stated above a short audition recording must be submitted. Please record yourself either in mp3 format or on cassette tape singing your own voice part unaccompanied on the Versa est in Luctum section from Victoria's Requiem:

Versa est in luctum cithara mea

et organum meum in vocem flentium.

You may either sing in Latin or on a neutral vowel. The tempo should be no faster than half-note = 46. (Note: 60 = one beat per second) Please remember that this is to assess accuracy of pitch and rhythm, not voice quality.

All auditions materials will be assessed by Barry Torres, director of Schola Cantorum. If there are any problems with the download or any questions, do not hesitate to email or call Timothy J. Beck.

Please mail with your application to Timothy J. Beck, or email an mp3, indicating your name so we can match it to your mailed application.

Young singers teacher recommendation

Teacher Recommendation
Schola Cantorum Workshop
Kenneth Bruce Scholarship

Name of applicant

How long have you known the applicant and in what context?

Please evaluate the student's ability as compared with others of the same age and experience:

1: Poor 2: Below Average 3: Average 4: Above Average 5: Excellent

Pitch control 1 2 3 4 5

Rhythm 1 2 3 4 5

Clarity of Tone 1 2 3 4 5

Sightreading 1 2 3 4 5

Expressiveness 1 2 3 4 5

Motivation 1 2 3 4 5

Interest/Curiosity 1 2 3 4 5

Please add any comments that may provide a fuller picture of the student's ability, skills, and interests.

Your Name


Phone Number


Nearby Hotels.

Price is for a double, but this price information may not be up-to-date. Each has a website. Google maps can lead you to others. Call the hotel for price confirmation and details. Early reservation is prudent.

B&B Wellington is a small bed and breakfast at 707 Danforth St., just a few blocks from Assumption Church. Rooms are $135 to $165.

Another small B&B is Barrington Manor, in a stately Tudor home on James Street, about a six-minute drive. Rooms at $139.

Numerous less expensive hotels (prices around $80) are located near the Route 81 exit from the Thruway (convenient to downtown), including a Ramada Inn, a Comfort Inn, and a Quality Inn.

Two of several upscale hotels in downtown Syracuse ($160 - $200), within 2 miles of Assumption Church, are the Genesee Grande and the Crowne Plaza.

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Web hosting for Schola Cantorum is generously donated by Syracuse Arts Net (CyberSolvers). Visit their website to see what's going on in the arts in Central New York.

Young singers application

To apply for free Workshop tuition (a Kenneth Bruce Scholarship), complete the following form and submit it to Barry Torres together with your teacher's recommendation.

Barry Torres
41 Farmer St.
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 323-8038





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