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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, singing all periods of choral music repertoire. Schola has presented more than 440 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 sang in Robert Shaw’s Festival of the Masses in San Francisco. Schola Cantorum has been featured on the programs of the Texas Choral Directors Association numerous times throughout its fifty three year history.

Schola's Recent Accolades:

2008 Mozart's Requiem in d Minor ( a performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Texas Ballet Theater) was hailed as an artistic triumph, and was credited with aiding in saving the Texas Ballet Theatre from imminent financial distress.

2009 Orff's Carmina Burana (a performance with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the SMU Meadows Chorale, and UNT A Cappella Choir) was listed in the Top Ten Classical Music Performances of the Year by the Dallas Morning News.

2011 Schola performed an invited concert for the Texas Choral Conductors Association's state conference held in San Antonio.

2013 Music for Those We Love (Schola's 50th Anniversary Concert) was listed in the Top Ten Classical Music Performances of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

2014 Performance of Deep River (a concert of African-American Spirituals) was listed in the Top Ten Classical Music and Opera Performances of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

2015 Schola served as guest artists for the regional conference of the American Guild of Organists held at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth.

 

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