SCH Performing Ensembles
Performing Ensembles within Schola Cantorum on Hudson
Schola Cantorum on Hudson (SCH) is the critically-acclaimed 30-voice mixed ensemble which is the core of the SCH organization. Singing membership is a mix of recent college and conservatory graduates, well-qualified amateurs, and seasoned professionals, each of whom is selected by audition and interview.
SCH presents three primary concert series each season, each of which is performed at least twice — once in Manhattan, once in New Jersey. Repertoire represents a wide variety of musical styles that encompass Renaissance through newly-commissioned works, a cappella and orchestral repertoire, and through its Ethnic Celebration Series, music of many nations. Many SCH singers are active professional singers. All soloists for SCH concerts are drawn from the choir. Independent preparation of musical material is an expectation of SCH members.
Schola Repertory Singers (SRS) is a chamber ensemble of 16 to 20 voices selected from within the SCH membership on the basis of more extensive audition in sight singing, alternative intonations, and vocal flexibility. Singers participating in SRS are those interested in the challenge of additional, and often more intricate, musical material. This group has premiered a number of highly challenging compositions. Preparation is almost entirely independent, as rehearsal time is quite limited. SRS makes some repertoire contribution to most SCH concerts, and also takes on additional performing opportunities outside of the SCH season, and in a variety of locations. Most of Schola’s Repertory Singers are professionally trained.
Audition Requirements: Singers interested in this chamber opportunity will be asked to sight read at a more advanced level in their audition. It should be understood that members of this group works largely independently in terms of learning their music and will have additional rehearsal time beyond that of the full SCH membership — often preceding or following the full group on Monday evenings.
The Schola Sings Solo (SSS) cast of singers is the group of professionally trained singers from within SCH membership interested in solo recital presentation. The cast develops a traveling show each season, which is a blend of arias, art songs, and show tunes.
Designed to market and showcase Schola’s professional voices, and nurture and cultivate high-level solo performance skills, Schola Sings Solo offers its cast coaching in dramatic skills. Cast size is flexible, based on ability and interest in this additional unique realm of activity; typically ten to twelve singers.
Audition Requirements: Singers auditioning for the Schola Sings Solo cast need to have had professional vocal training and experience. Two contrasting songs and/or arias need to be presented in audition, through which presentational/acting skills are demonstrated. If selected to be part of the cast, a singer needs to be prepared for additional rehearsals independent of the usual SCH schedule. Memorization of selected solo and ensemble repertoire, in addition to some spoken and blocking elements, is part of this show.