Although roses, chocolates and champagne play a big part in the art of romance, music is the food of love, according to William Shakespeare in “Twelfth Night.”
Terry and Dotty Hayes, happily married for 30 years, are current testimony to the statement. The Los Altos couple sing together in the Schola Cantorum chorus, and the strength of their relationship would suggest that couples that sing together, stay together.
Schola Cantorum is a 90-voice, auditioned adult chorus founded more than 45 years ago by the late Royal Stanton.
The critically acclaimed chorus began as a class at Foothill College and now rehearses each week at Los Altos United Methodist Church.
Terry, a tenor, is often seen onstage in local musical-theater performances. He met Dotty, an alto, while square dancing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when he was a student.
The Hayeses moved from the Boston area to Los Altos 21 years ago, “five days before the Loma Prieta earthquake,” and both worked in the high-tech industry.
“I spent my career in finance at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent and Intuit,” Dotty said. “Terry worked as a software engineer for Oracle and Netscape.”
“Terry joined Schola when we moved here in 1989,” Dotty said. “We didn’t really start singing together until I joined Schola in 1999, after our daughter was old enough to stay home alone in the evenings.”
“We are both retired, which means we have no spare time at all,” Dotty said. “Schola allows us to share our common interest in music. We especially enjoy the repertoire, which is varied and always interesting, and we have both grown as musicians.”
A number of Schola Cantorum singers live in the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills communities, and Schola Cantorum performs an annual Summer Sings series in Los Altos in July and August every year.
For more information, visit www.scholacantorum.org.