Our 2016-2017 Season

— All Things Bright and Beautiful —

Focusing on sustainable energy and clean environment.


Bright Energy

Saturday, November 19 (NYC) — Sunday, November 20 (NJ)

Human ingenuity knows no limits! Schola celebrates in song such inventiveness as takes us to sky and sea, powers our cities and countryside, and provides energy for all human endeavors. Whitacre’s popular Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, along with Greg Bartholomew’s To a locomotive in Winter and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Canticum calamitatis maritimae will be included.

Beautiful Synergy

Saturday, February 25 (NYC) — Sunday, February 26 (NJ)

Voices of Earth by Canadian composer Ruth Watson Henderson is the centerpiece of Beautiful Synergy, in which Schola rejoices through song in the marvel of nature’s order. Carl Orff’s lesser-known Laudes Creaturarum and Ola Gjeilo’s Across the vast Eternal Sky will also be included. Joining Schola will be the Cantorum Young Singers group, the Concert Choir from Mt. Olive HS, and a children’s choir.

All Things Possible

Saturday, May 20 (NYC) — Sunday, May 21 (NJ)

All Things Possible is a musical encomium to abundance! Espousing a “both and” philosophy, environmental health and sustainable energy are seen as complementary and possible, as well as necessary. Included will be Sheena Phillips’ Great Is Life and David Conte’s Dance.

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Bonus Concerts

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Sunday, November 13, NJPAC, Newark, NJ

Carols & Readings of the Season

Sunday, December 18, 5:00 PM, Montclair, NJ

Mix of audience carol sing and beautifully crafted choral holiday favorites.

In Memoriam: William E. Simpkin

William Simpkin

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William E. Simpkin, father of Schola’s Artistic Director and Founder, Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, concluded his battle with metastatic cancer of the liver on Monday, June 13, 2016. Bill was a multi-patented inventor in high-efficiency sustainable clean-air power generation and sought-after pianist. He would have been 90 on July 26, 2016.

In addition to his daughter, Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, published writer Peggy Little Simpkin; two grandsons and their wives: Patrick and Elise Terrell King; and Michael and Hannah Miller King, and their newborn, Isaiah Wesley King; and hundreds of grateful devotees of his deeply expressive ministry through music.

The family has named Schola Cantorum on Hudson as a designated organization for memorial donations in Bill’s honor. Schola’s upcoming season has long been planned to highlight the importance and viability of sustainable, safe, clean energy, which is Bill’s living legacy.

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