- The Big Summer Sing!: 7/16/2013 at the Peace Lutheran Church 941 West Bedford-Euless Rd. Hurst, TX
- How The West Was Once: 10/13/2013 at the TBD
- How The West Was Once: 10/14/2013 at the TBD
- How The West Was Once - Schola's Annual Fundraiser/Dinner/Show: 10/26/2013 at the The Grand Hall at NRH Centre 6000 Hawk Avenue
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A Legacy of Choral Music Excellence Since 1962
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.
In more than four and a half decades of performances, the chorus has consistently delivered programs of musical excellence, covering all periods of standard choral music repertoire. Schola has presented more than 400 concerts in cities across the United States and Europe, including performances in Germany, Austria and London’s Royal Festival Hall.
The chorus 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. 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.
Outstanding Choral Music Leadership
In 49 years, Schola had only four permanent conductors. This stability at the top is a major factor in attracting and retaining talented singers. In its nearly five-decade history, the 70-voice chorus has had a total of just 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 baton 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. Head of choral music studies at the prestigious University of North Texas school 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 first two 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 and the Dallas Wind Symphony.