Westminster Schola Cantorum
James Jordan, conductor
Westminster Schola Cantorum is one of three curricular choirs at Westminster Choir College. Composed of all students in their second year of study at the college, this ensemble forms a vital link between the technique and artistry gained by students in their first-year experience at the college in the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performs with many of the world’s finest orchestras and is a cornerstone of the Westminster experience. The second year of ensemble performance study focuses on refinement of ensemble skills combined with choral literature appropriate to both the musical growth and artistic understanding of the singers in the ensemble.
Westminster Choir College is the only college in the world that focuses its program around a student’s choral experiences. Unique to this experience is students singing with their class for two years to not only build their artistry but to strengthen their sense of community and what it is to sing together. This vision was the core value of the institution’s founder, John Finley Williamson. Westminster Schola Cantorum is also the only curricular choir that annually tours in the spring. All students in this ensemble study with Westminster’s acclaimed voice faculty, the largest voice faculty in the world. In their second year of study, students may audition for Westminster’s small ensembles: Westminster Choir, Westminster Williamson Voices, Westminster Kantorei, Westminster Jubilee Singers and Westminster Concert Handbell Choir. Many of the singers in Schola Cantorum are also members of those ensembles.
The ensemble's 2018-2019 season includes a concert tour to Maryland and Washington, D.C., participation in Westminster’s annual An Evening of Readings and Carols concert, which is broadcast on WWFM The Classical Network and concerts on the Westminster campus. Its 2017-2018 season included a collaboration with Westminster Chapel Choir, performing Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes at the War Memorial in Trenton as part of Westminster's Transforming Space project, as well as a joint concert at Lincoln Center.
In past seasons, the choir has performed major works in the choral repertoire: Britten’s St. Nicolas, Duruflé’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Rachmanioff’s The Bells. This season, the choir adds Fauré’s Requiem to its list of major works.
Spring 2019 Tour
Saturday, March 16, time TBA
First Baptist Church
Sunday, March 17, 6 p.m.
Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Please check back for details.
Grammy-nominated conductor James Jordan is recognized and praised throughout the musical world as one of America’s pre-eminent conductors, recording artists, writers, music psychologists and innovators in choral music. He was described as a “visionary” by Choral Journal, which cited his book Evoking Sound as a “must read.” His more than 40 books explore both the philosophical and spiritual basis of musicianship, as well as aspects of choral rehearsal teaching and learning, and they are considered to be essential references in the conducting profession.