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A Legacy of Choral Artistry
Since 1962…
 
For five decades, Schola Cantorum of Texas has consistently given highly regarded, powerfully expressive concerts, covering all periods of choral music repertoire. Schola has presented more than 430 concerts in cities across the United States and Europe, including performances in Germany, Austria, and London’s Royal Festival Hall. The choir has performed with former Speaker of the House of Representatives Jim Wright at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., and sung in Robert Shaw’s Festival of the Masses in San Francisco. In addition, Schola Cantorum has been featured on the programs of the Texas Choral Directors Association numerous times throughout its history.
 
Schola performs regularly throughout Tarrant County and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The choral music highlight of the Christmas season in Tarrant County is Schola Cantorum’s annual Christmas Concerts Series, attended by thousands in Fort Worth, Arlington, and Southlake.
 
What the critics say:
 
…The whole first half presented the 61-voice ensemble not so much as a
choir of voices but as a sort of virtuosic instrument, capable of a huge range of colors and effects…
 
…But what was really amazing was the taught powerful singing…
 
…A lovely and subtle performance…
 
…a spirited, assured performance…
 
 
A Model Legacy of Choral Music Leadership
In 50 years, Schola has had only four permanent conductors. This stability is a major factor in attracting and retaining talented singers. In its five-decade history, the 65-voice chorus has had a total of over 700 singers on its rolls.
 
From the beginning, Schola Cantorum’s directors have set high standards.
 
1962 – 1975, B. R. “Bev” Henson
Under the leadership of founding director B.R. “Bev” Henson, of Texas Christian University, the group drew singers from throughout the metroplex whose motivation was, in Henson’s words, “a genuine love of singing and a desire to perform the best in traditional choral music.”
 
1975 – 2000, Dr. Gary Ebensberger
Dr. Ebensberger, of the University of Texas at Arlington, expanded the choir’s repertoire and reach during his twenty-five year tenure. His talent for selecting choral music further developed and showcased the “Schola Sound,” a rich choral sonority for which the group is known, and brought international recognition and prestige to the organization.
 
2001 – 2007, Dr. Donald Bailey
Donald Bailey, head of choral studies at Baylor University until his retirement in 2008, was named music director and conductor in 2000. Dr. Bailey further expanded the literature and capabilities of the chorus, which lifted Schola Cantorum to new heights, including regular appearances at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.
 
2008 – present, Dr. Jerry McCoy
Director of choral music studies at the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music, Dr. McCoy is the first person to serve Schola as both singer and conductor. He credits his singing with Schola Cantorum in 1972 and 1973 with helping focus his career in choral music. In his five seasons leading Schola, he has introduced the choir to ever wider audiences through joint appearances with other performing groups including Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, SMU’s Meadows Chorale, and UNT’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Choir.
 
Schola Cantorum of Texas, the premier volunteer choral music performing organization in Tarrant County, operates as a self-governing 501(c) 3 charitable arts organization.

 

CONTACT INFO: PO Box 8235 • Fort Worth • TX 76124 • Tel.: (817) 485-2500 • Fax: (817) 485-0078 • Email: info@scholatexas.com