Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, Inc.

PO Box 35189

Syracuse, NY 13235

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concerts presented  with support from the

New York State Council on the Arts


2020 Summer Workshops

for Singers and Instrumentalists

The 2020 Workshops will take place July 23 -26 (Thursday to Sunday).  The repertoire and other details have not yet been set.  Watch this space. The information below pertains to the 2019 workshops.  Arrangements for the 2020 workshops (other than repertoire) are likely to conform closely to what was done in 2019.

Schola has been conducting the singers workshop since 1983, and the instrumentalists workshop since 2018.

Period Instruments Workshop page

Workshops Registration page

    Director       Coordinator       Repertoire       Participants   
Young singers
          Tuition          Schedule          Eat/sleep


In 2019 Schola is again privileged to have Dr. Kristina Boerger direct the singers workshop.  A highly accomplished and vastly experienced singer, conductor and teacher of early music, Dr. Boerger is John N. Schwartz Professor of Choral Leadership and Conducting at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. She received her formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter, and the doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois.  She has directed the choral programs at Carroll University, the University of Illinois School of Music, and the DePauw School of Music.   Her performance activity in 2017 included a tour of Europe with the Rose Ensemble and continuation of her long-time connection with Pomerium.  Her extensive musical activities and credits, particularly in the area of early music, are detailed at her elegant website, which definitely is worth a look (and a listen): .

Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost (who perfom as Tropos) again will direct the instruments workshop.  More about Liamna and Daniel is on the Period Instruments Workshop page.



Karen Nezelek, the Workshop Coordinator, is the addressee for registrations. She welcomes any questions you may have:

Karen Nezelek
101 Shirley Rd
Syracuse, NY 13224

If you call, always leave a message!

Those considering the instruments workshop
should also contact Liamna Pestana:



To be announced.   (For the 2019 Workshops, the repertoire included sacred and secular works by Gibbons, Tallis, and Dowland.)


If you are considering the instruments workshop, consult the instruments workshop page.

The singers' workshop is open to singers of all ages (16 and older) who have experience singing choral music. 
This is a convivial but hard-working workshop. Participants must be able to learn music and to sing in time and in tune from a score.  Singers from Schola Cantorum participate as informal section leaders.

If this is your first time for the Workshop, give us details about your singing experience. Our contact with your singing teacher or ensemble director may help. We may ask you to submit a short audition recording, to assess not so much voice quality as basic accuracy of pitch and rhythm.  If a recording is needed, it may be either an MP3 or a cassette tape, singing your own voice part, unaccompanied, on a choral piece that we would designate. The audition would be assessed by Barry Torres, director of Schola Cantorum.

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Young Singers Tuition-free

Young singers and instrumentalists, age 16 through post-graduate, may be eligible to participate tuition-free, thanks to generous donors to the Bruce Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Dr. Kenneth Bruce, who died in 2002, sang with Schola Cantorum for many years and was very supportive and helpful to young singers who joined the group.  High school student singers (if in New York) should have attained at least Level 5 in NYSSMA solos.  


Tuition and registration

Tuition is  $250 ($225 for early birds who register by June 24), for either the singers workshop or the period instruments workshop.  High school, college and graduate students may apply for free tuition (see above).

  Call or e-mail Karen Nezelek (see above) to register, or if you have any questions. You may pay by check, or by Pay Pal or by credit card (click the "Paypal" tab, above).  A paper check should be payable to Schola Cantorum. If you are a young singer requesting free tuition, please so indicate!

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Venue and Schedule

The Workshops will take place at

Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Street & University Avenue
(819 Madison St., Syracuse 13210).


Knowledgeable singers love the acoustics of Grace's sanctuary. The church is just down the hill from Syracuse University, with plenty of places to eat and shop. The Workshops run from Thursday morning to Sunday evening, including a pot-luck supper 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 the church's hospitality to us.

9 am - noon
2 - 5pm
6 pm potluck supper

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

5:00 supper

9 am - noon

2 - 5 pm
7 - 9 pm

9 am - noon
2 - 5 pm
7 - 9 pm


Eat and sleep

Housing and meals are on your own (apart from the Saturday potluck supper). 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.

Sleep first choice:  Skyler Commons (aka Studio 118?), an upscale apartment house for SU students during the school year, offers AirB&B apartments during the summer.  A studio apartment is $75 per night.  This is less than two blocks from Grace Church.  Google Skyler Commons.

Four hotels, in the $160 - $180 range for a double, are within walking distance of Grace Church. Recently, Workshop singers have obtained favorable rates at one of these, the Hotel Skyler, 2 blocks away.  The Genesee Grande is one block away. The Park View, Sheraton SU, and Crowne Plaza are within half a mile. You can Google these hotels' websites, and also check them out on TripAdvisor.

Rooms for $100 or less are available at brand-name motels near the Carrier Circle Thruway exit. These include the Ramada, Days Inn, Red Roof, Quality Inn, and Motel 6. From Carrier Circle to Grace Church is about a 20-minute drive (seven miles).

Free housing in the homes of Schola members may be available to young singers.

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