Schola Cantorum

Academy faculty

 Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith is Professor of Practice: Organ and Sacred Music. He was music director at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, in Washington D.C. and previously Canon Director of Music at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  Smith earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. He also studied at the Royal College of Music, London. Smith is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music.

Dana Marsh

Dana Marsh is Chair of the Historical Performance. He is also director of the Washington Bach Consort. His musical training began as a boy chorister at St. Thomas Choir School in New York and Salisbury Cathedral. He served as Director of Music at the Episcopal Cathedral in Indianapolis. Marsh holds a D.Phil from Oxford University, where he sang in the choir of New College.

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Audition requirements for Singers

Applicants should submit the following required materials, complete the registration form, and pay the registration fee:

  • Two solo songs, including one in a language other than English or Latin (Provide links to unedited recordings; YouTube preferred)
  • Reference letter from a professional musician
  • Reference letter from an adult mentor: clergy, teacher, or coach

Audition requirements for Schoenstein Organ Scholars

Two organists will be offered full tuition, room and board, underwritten by the Schoenstein Organ Co. Applicants should submit the following required materials, complete the registration form, and pay the non-refundable registration fee:

  • Organ work of Bach
  • Organ work of a composer born after 1800
  • Hymn, which may include improvised elements, if desired
  • Anthem accompaniment, ideally with choir
  • Reference letter from a professional musician
  • Reference letter from an adult mentor: clergy, teacher, or coach

Musical submissions (YouTube preferred) may be taken from live performances or may be recorded exclusively for this application.

Fees and deadlines

Fees

  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee - $70
  • Participant Tuition, room and board - $900
  • Auditor Tuition (no room or board) - $550

Deadlines

  • Application - March 15, 2023
  • Tuition & housing - June 1, 2023

How to apply

  1. Eligibility: Open to high school and undergraduate students, 16-years and older.
  2. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration form and pay only the Non-Refundable Registration Fee - $70. Please also submit the Participant Agreement Form.
  3. Audition requirements: Submission instructions - TBD

Registration open December 2022!