School of the Arts

Choral Ensembles: And the Earth Sings

Choral ensemble singing in Kendal Hall

The California State University, Chico Acappella Choir and Chamber Singers present “And the Earth Sings” on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre in the Performing Arts Center of CSU, Chico. Poetry of nature will take center stage in this concert in works by Robert Schumann, Rene Clausen, Gwyneth Walker, and the Beatles, along with many others!

“Probably the most difficult song we will be doing is Alberto Grau’s ‘Kasar mie la gaji,’ or ‘The Earth is Tired,’” said David Scholz, director of choral activities at the University. “It is rhythmically complex and involves several different contrasting sections, not to mention there are hand claps and foot stomps included.”

Familiar tunes, such as “The Water is Wide” set by Minnesota composer Rene Clausen with clarinet, horn and cello obligato lines will also be sung.

“I’m so pleased with the choirs this spring,” said Scholz. “They’ve been working hard and with good humor. This is the first time this entire year that I’ll be able to conduct them in their own concert, as our fall concert was canceled due to the Camp Fire. Even though they were disappointed in not being able to sing that concert last semester, the members took it in stride and came back in the spring semester with renewed vigor.” 

Tickets for the concert are priced at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $6 students and youth, and are available at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333, or at the door.

For those who need special seating accommodations, please call 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts website and Facebook page.

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Story by David Scholz, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member


Earth Day

the Earth

CSU, Chico’s School of the Arts will present its annual spring choral concert, And the Earth Sings, on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. The concert pays tribute to Earth Day, which is annually celebrated on April 22.

Earth Day was established in 1970 and is globally acknowledged every year. It is a day of education about environmental issues, while also coming together to celebrate having clean air, land, and water.

The Environmental Protection Agency stated, “Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in national priorities followed Earth Day 1970. When polled in May 1971, 25 percent of the US public declared protecting the environment to be an important goal, a 2,500 percent increase over 1969.”

During the 1960s, the effects of the growing amount of pollution had just begun to grasp the attention of the American people. The publishing of “Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring and the 1969 oil slick fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River were the igniting events that helped to shed light on the situation. Silent Spring explains the dangers of contaminating our foods with pesticides, and the oil slick fire brought attention to the issue of chemical waste disposal. Before the occurrence of those two events, addressing environmental issues was not a part of the national political agenda. 

This led to a series of environmental legislation becoming adapted policies, including the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Following these, the Environmental Protection Agency was given the responsibility to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment.

When politician Gaylord Nelson was elected to the US Senate, he developed the concept of Earth Day. The new national holiday was announced at a Seattle conference in 1969, and received nationwide attention, and resulted in the enactment of the various environmental legislation.


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.

Acappella 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

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.

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.