Schola Cantorum's Summer Sings Program creates community via music

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s Summer Sings Program, which brings together music-lovers to sing the works of the great composers under the baton of six top California conductors, is set to run 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 12 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program is designed for anyone interested in learning about the choral masterpieces and singing with a community, and for those who want to learn about Schola Cantorum.

“You’ll experience a variety of interpretations, leadership styles and repertoire – a unique situation for choral singers,” said Buddy James, Schola’s new artistic director.

Nonsingers are encouraged to attend as well.

“Even if you don’t know how to read music, you can be in the middle of the action in a live surround-sound experience,” James said. “But you may as well lend your voice. There are no wrong notes.”

In addition to citing the health and stress-lowering benefits of making music, Buddy pointed out another draw: “For one night, you can go on a date with some of the greatest composers ever, and there’s no commitment.”

Following is the schedule for Summer Sings.

• Monday: Eileen Chang, founder and director of the New Choir in San Jose and director and conductor of the Cantabella Children’s Choir Honors and Chamber choirs, will conduct Bach’s “Magnificat” and Schubert’s “Mass in G.”

• July 15: Lou De La Rosa, director of choral and vocal studies at West Valley College, will conduct Haydn’s “The Creation.”

• July 22: Schola Cantorum’s James, who also serves as director of choral/vocal studies at Cal State East Bay, will conduct Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Fauré’s “Requiem.”

• July 29: Scot Hanna-Weir, director of choral activities at Santa Clara University and artistic director of Santa Clara Chorale, will conduct Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”

• Aug. 5: Kristina Nakagawa, artistic director of Resounding Achord Productions in San Jose and choir director at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Willow Glen, will conduct Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

• Aug. 12: Ofer dal Lal, artistic director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir and director of WomenSing, will conduct Verdi’s “Requiem.”

Admission is $17 per program; students under 25 are free with ID. Cost-savings are available for all six Summer Sings.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1700, or visit


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