School of the Arts

Choral Ensembles: On Wings of Song

CSU, Chico Choral Ensembles Present Fall Concert, "On Wings of Song," Nov. 10

Dr. David Scholz directing a choir

The CSU, Chico Choral Ensembles present their Fall concert, On Wings of Song, featuring a variety of pieces from the repertoire including the “Four Pastorales” of Cecil Effinger, the “Zigeunerlieder” (Gypsy Songs) of Johannes Brahms, and “Three from Shakespeare” by David Dickau. Several traditional Australian songs and works by Vaughan Williams, Morten Lauridsen, Kirke Mechem, and Camille Saint-Saëns will also be performed.

Director of Choral Activities Dr. David Scholz directs the Acappella Choir and Chamber Singers, accompanied by Clark Minor, with Music and Theatre Arts Department Chair Dr. Bradley Martin directing the University Chorus, accompanied by Kevin Anderson, Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church. Joining the university ensembles on the concert will be the Chico High School A Cappella Choir under the direction of Jenise Coon. “O Love,” by Elaine Hagenberg will conclude the concert with the Chico High School A Cappella Choir joining forces with the CSU, Chico Acappella Choir. 

“I’m very pleased with the ensembles this fall,” Dr. Scholz said. “They really have a wonderfully blended sound this year, and we’re getting to the point where we are making great music together. We are pleased that Ms. Coon and the Chico High School A Cappella Choir have accepted our invitation to add their sound to our concert this fall.” 

On Wings of Song will take place on Saturday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre, Performing Arts Center, CSU, Chico. Tickets are available at the University Box Office or at the door.

Harlen Adams Theatre is located in the Performing Arts Center, room 144, on CSU, Chico’s campus. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call the box office for arrangements, 530-898-6333. More information is available online on the School of the Arts website or Facebook page.


About the Choral Ensembles

University Chorus

The University Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble open to CSU, Chico students of any major, faculty, and community members. This choral ensemble is directed by Bradley Martin, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member. The University Chorus sings a wide variety of choral music, including choral masterworks, and usually features piano accompaniment by Clark Minor, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

Acapella Choir

The Acappella Choir is an auditioned ensemble made up of about 60 to 65 CSU, Chico students of any major. The ensemble is directed by David Scholz, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member. The Acappella Choir performs a diverse repertoire of quality vocal music written anywhere from the seventeenth to twenty-first century. This diverse selection of songs can include anything from classical works to folk music. The ensemble is typically accompanied by Clark Minor on piano.

Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers is the most advanced auditioned choir. It is smaller than the Acappella Choir, containing approximately 20 members. Also directed by David Scholz, the members of the choir are CSU, Chico students of any major who are also in Acappella Choir. The Chamber Singers sing challenging choral literature in various styles. They perform a selection of songs from around the world that are teeming with depth and excellence. Their vocals are generally accompanied by Clark Minor on piano.

About the Directors 

Picture of Dr. David Scholz, portrait style

David Scholz is the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at California State University, Chico. He directs the Acappella Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches various music classes, including vocal studio instruction. He oversees the Chico Bach Festival, the Centennial Organ Recital Series, and co-coordinates Glorious Sounds of the Season. He is a faculty senator, on the Student Evaluation of Teaching Committee, chair of the department’s Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, on the Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship Committee, and is a member of the Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Board. Scholz has a BA in vocal music education from St. Olaf College, an MA in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and a PhD in conducting from the University of Minnesota. He was named Young Conductor of the Year by the Minnesota American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) (2003). Scholz is the director of the Chancel Choir at Bidwell Presbyterian Church and in 2010 founded the North Valley Chamber Chorale. He is a contributing author to Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volumes II, III and IV. Scholz is a member of the ACDA, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, California Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Kappa Phi. He and his wife Dara, a professional singer and vocal instructor, reside in Chico, CA with their son, Luka.

Picture of Department Chair Bradley Martin, portrait style

Bradley Martin completed his Bachelor of Music at University of Western Australia, his Master of Music at University of Michigan, and his doctorate at University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, he completed four years of post-graduate work in Russia at the Moscow State Conservatory. He has taught and worked at Western Carolina University, Oklahoma City University, Sydney Conservatory, and the Western Australia Conservatory of Music. Working as a repetiteur, he has collaborated with the Western Australia Ballet and Opera companies, the Australian Ballet, and Sydney Dance Company. He is proud to work and collaborate with such talented and dedicated faculty as those in the Music and Theatre Department at California State University, Chico.