2020 Summer Workshops
for Singers and Instrumentalists
4/19/2020: Due to the coronavirus emergency, Schola has cancelled
* its June 20 concert, and
* the July 2020 Summer Workshops.
In view of the coronavirus news and data as it has developed, there seems very little chance that a June concert or July singing workshop
(or any similar gathering) would be a good idea.
We hope that Schola's 2020-2021 season can begin in December 2020 as planned, and that we can have Summer Workshops in July 2021.
Schola has been conducting the singers workshop since 1983, and the instrumentalists workshop since 2018.
In 2020 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): KristinaBoerger.com .
Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost (who perfom as Tropos) are scjheduled again to 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:
101 Shirley Rd
Syracuse, NY 13224
If you call, always leave a message!
Those considering the instruments workshop
should also contact Liamna Pestana:
The vocal repertoire for 2020 is sacred music of Hans Leo Hassler (d. 1612) and the Missa "Au travail suis" of Johannes Ockeghem (d. 1497). The instruments workshop will include an introduction to early plucked instruments: lute, guitar, and vihuela.
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.
Participation this year in the singers' workshop is intended to be limited to 30 singers.
Although the Workshop concludes with what might best be termed an "open rehearsal" on Sunday afternoon, the emphasis of the Workshop is on developing skills.
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.
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!
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 rehearsal 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 open rehearsal
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.
2020 Alert!! Reserve early, for 2020. Two large-audience pop music concerts will take place in Syracuse during the four-day span of our 2020 workshop, and hotels are expected to sell out early.
Sleep first choice: Skyler Commons, two blocks from Grace Church, is an upscale apartment house for SU students during the school year. It offers AirB&B apartments during the summer. A studio apartment is $75 per night, and they have larger units up to quad size. (Contact some other workshop people and rent as a group?) Google Skyler Commons. Call 315-565-7555.
Sleep second choice: Skyler Hotel, across the street from Skyler Commons. If you reserve well in advance, the price appears to be in the range $139 to $145 for a double. Call 315-701-2613.
Four other hotels, in the $160 - $180 range for a double, are within walking distance of Grace Church. 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.