Our Mission

Our core belief, from which Schola’s mission emerges. is that music has a unique power to affect the human heart and soul. Music provides a compelling pathway for each of us to become fully aware, mindful individuals.

Schola is committed to excellence in all facets of its artistry and human interaction through:

  • Innovative programming and performance designed to touch lives,
  • Leadership through promotion and performance of new choral music, and
  • Vibrant creative engagement with young artists.

Background

Schola Cantorum on Hudson (Schola), an independent non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 by Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, and performs its full concert season in both Montclair, NJ, and Manhattan.

Its members have been drawn together by a shared love of great choral music and by dedication to the highest standard of performance of that repertoire. Schola Cantorum (literally “school of singers”) has a three-part mission of:

  • Musical performance,
  • New music advocacy, and
  • Choral music education/engagement.

Now entering its third decade, Schola boasts an internationally recognized new music advocacy initiative (ProjectEncore.org), multiple ongoing education and engagement programs, an impressive history of premiere performances, and an annual tradition of artistic collaboration with young artists.

Fundamental to Schola’s core values is the belief that music has a unique power to affect the human heart and soul, inviting each of us to become fully aware, mindful individuals. While rejoicing in and embracing all that technology makes possible, we believe that music has a role in keeping all of us connected in significant ways. Through choral music, we promote balance between the human experience and our increasingly virtual world. As we begin our third decade, we are committed to engaging and interacting with our community exploring the use of present and emerging technologies to enhance the concert and listening experience.