Education and Community Engagement
From its inception, the mission of Schola Cantorum on Hudson has placed education at its core. The same breath that blew life into the first SCH performance season also birthed its twin, educational programs. At no point has the work been about making pretty sounds or selling “ear candy” but rather building bridges and making an impact through skill development and meaningful experiences.
Schola’s Boards of Trustees, from the very beginning, embraced a vision that was long-range and broad-scale — a vision that meant bringing many along on the journey through education and outreach.
SCH was founded on the belief that music plays a vital role in every life. This philosophy informs all of our activities and is nowhere more evident than in our three education programs. Click on the buttons below to read more about our outreach programs.
It has always been central to Schola’s mission to nurture and develop the skills of its own members through educational offerings that cultivate a professional standard in musical skills, vocal development and performance technique. As a mix of professional and amateur musicians, the Schola umbrella covers a variety of performing ensembles. Acceptance into the Schola singing family represents a commitment to a singer that comes with opportunities for enlarging skills and the potential for upward mobility within the ensemble’s various performing entities. All soloists are drawn from within Schola’s professional element, and singers are always able to request an audition for these opportunities. This element of our educational program ensures the ongoing evolution of this marvelously diverse mix of singers.
Committed to the development of our singers, in January 2006, SCH took the innovative step of providing its members with weekly pre-rehearsal classes (6:40-7:20 PM, Mondays) in vocal technique and assertive sight-reading skills. These classes—always changing, according to need and interest. Note drill is offered for those singers who prefer to do their rehearsal preparation in group and/or with guidance.
Musical performance is about ‘presentation’ just as much as it is about vocal technique. The cast of Schola Sings Solo receives training with a well-known dramatic coach each year, in coaching sessions open to full membership for observation. Stage Director and Master Teachers David Ostwald, Chuck Hudson, and Dan Yates have worked with the cast.
Schola Cantorum on Hudson is accredited as a registered New Jersey Education Professional Development Provider. New Jersey public school teachers are eligible to apply for continuing education credits earned through membership and participation in our performances and educational programs.
On regular occasions, usually at dress rehearsals, Schola opens its doors to schools, churches, and other groups in the neighborhood in which it rehearses. There is no charge for these events that seek to cultivate a new generation of music participants.
On occasion, a local school or other arts organization partners with SCH in performance over and above yhe broadly collaborative relationship of the Cantorum Young Singers ensembles. This is another interactive means of seeking ongoing relevance within our community.