About Schola Cantorum

Our Vision:  Schola Cantorum’s live performances inspire and transform audiences.

Our Mission:  The mission of Schola Cantorum is to connect the Silicon Valley community with the wonders of choral music through outstanding live performances, educational outreach programs, and collaborations with local artists.

Schola Cantorum is a unique choral arts organization with three exciting programs.

Its auditioned 80-voice chorus, under the baton of Gregory Wait, presents dynamic performances of choral masterpieces, new works by major composers and music from a wide variety of cultural traditions during the regular concert season.

Each summer, Schola Cantorum turns the audience into a choir with its series of participative Summer Sings, and in December, singers of all ages join together for Schola's annual Messiah Sing.

Schola Cantorum's Outreach Program takes small groups of Schola singers into schools, senior centers, parks and public places with enriching educational programs and participative sing-alongs.

Schola Cantorum is proud to offer three great ways to provide thousands of community members each year the opportunity to actively participate in the joy of singing.

The Ensemble Sings Verdi on YouTube

Schola Cantorum's Educational Outreach Program for Schools
Schola Cantorum offers a free enrichment assembly program for 5th graders, entitled "What is a Chorus?"  The 40-60 minute program uses 16 Schola adult choristers to demonstrate the four vocal voices -- soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone -- singing separately and together in harmony.  We use a variety of singing styles from classical music songs to spirituals, chosen for their appeal to the fifth grade age group. Several of the selections have a tie-in with 5th grade US History curriculum.  An essential part of the program is that it is participatory for the students, who will have the opportunity to experience first hand the joy of choral singing through familiar rounds like "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."  Our program may be customized by the school to best fit its needs.

For further information or to schedule a Schola Cantorum school assembly, please contact Dan Morris at (650) 254-1700 or

Historical Highlights

Founded in 1964 by the late Royal Stanton, the chorus has commissioned and performed numerous premieres, including works by Alva Henderson, Dirk Damonte, Joseph Jennings, Libby Larsen, Kirke Mechem and Theodore Toews.  Collaborations with more than 30 musical organizations have included the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Wesla Whitfield and Michael Greensill, Chanticleer, The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, Rejoice Gospel Ensemble, The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, The Whole Noyse, Menlo Brass Quintet, the San Francisco Symphony, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Redwood Symphony — a testament to the group's versatility and professionalism.

Schola Cantorum in collaboration with the Stanford University Office for Religious Life has organized musical tributes involving choral singers from across the Bay Area who together performed the Mozart Requiem under Gregory Wait's direction to standing room only audiences on the one year and ten year anniversaries of the 9/11 tragedy. 

Schola Cantorum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID 94-2597822.