New Perspectives, Season 56, 2019–2020

As you know, the pandemic is affecting everything now, and it looks to do so for some time. Please know that Schola will be back. If a concert is possible on May 17th, we plan to present one, but unfortunately it will not be Elijah, which we still hope to present in the not too distant future. If a concert is not possible on May 17th, we will be back as soon as is possible.

We still plan to still have Summer Sings starting July 13 and going through August 17. We look forward to once again sharing the joy of singing with our members and friends. In the meantime we wish you all well and hope that you are enduring this with not too much difficulty.

Dan Morris, Executive Director

2019–2020 Season

Buddy James Welcome to an exciting new era in Bay Area choral performance! We invite you to meet our new Artistic Director, Buddy James, a longtime fan of Schola with fresh and exciting ideas for our 2019–2020 season.

Our audiences were thrilled with our first concert of the season, when we introduced them to Duke Ellington’s rarely-performed Sacred Concert. It’s infused with jazz, sacred themes and even includes tap dancing!

The holiday season concert is a fresh look at this magical holiday, with a performance of Kirke Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas, harp music and, of course, our delightful audience holiday carol sing-along!

Our third concert, titled Into the West, includes music from, and inspired by, the Great American West Coast. We’ll perform Whitacre’s charming Goodnight Moon, and Come to the Woods by Jake Runestad, based on the writings of John Muir. Also featured is the world premiere of a work by Eric Tuan, using text by this year’s winner of Schola Cantorum’s Poetry Contest, and much more.

Our final concert of Season 56 features a thrilling performance of Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. This massive piece, sung in English, features double chorus, four soloists and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum. You’ll be inspired to hear Schola’s confidence and power as the great oratorio choir audiences have come to love.

Community Events

December Gamble Gardens Caroling
December Messiah Sing
January My Favorite Things
May An Evening of Jazz in the Big Easy

New Orleans Jazz Join us for An Evening of Jazz in the Big Easy, a New Orleans-style Gala to benefit Schola Cantorum. Saturday, May 2, in Campbell.

Summer Sings

Join us this summer for our annual sing-alongs of beloved choral masterworks. You bring the voice; we supply the scores; our accompanist Dawn Reyen provides the 10-fingered orchestra; and a variety of local conductors stitch it all together. Monday nights from July 13 through August 17 in Los Altos. Stay tuned for full details and ticket sales.