Ariel Ramírez’s Gloria (from “Misa Criolla”).
The Santa Clara Chorale
The Santa Clara Chorale is a 90 voice auditioned choir dedicated to enhancing the skills of choral singers and extending the knowledge and appreciation of choral singing and its tradition to new singers and audiences. The Chorale brings together knowledgeable, amateur singers from a range of ages and backgrounds to study, rehearse, and perform major choral works. We strive for performances marked by excellence in singing, with engaging and innovative concert programming. The Chorale performs a four concert season and regularly presents guest artists and collaborates with other choirs and orchestras.
About The Santa Clara Chorale
Since 1962, the Santa Clara Chorale has brought the joy and beauty of choral music to singers and audiences locally and abroad. With a repertoire that encompasses the masterworks of composers such as Beethoven and Mozart, the challenging contemporary music of Eric Whitacre and Libby Larsen, and the diverse traditions of jazz, spirituals, gospel, Broadway, popular, and world music, the Chorale creates compelling performances that illustrate the broad spectrum of choral literature.
The Chorale regularly collaborates with local school and community ensembles in performance and outreach. In addition to annual performances with the Santa Clara University Concert Choir, recent collaborators include the Oxford Street Brass, the Jubilate Orchestra, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Miller Middle School choir, the Heavenly Voices choir, and Voices in Harmony. Notable past collaborators include the jazz greats David Brubeck and Vince Guaraldi, spiritual legend Jester Hairston, and a performance with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Beyond quarterly performances in the beautiful and historic Mission Santa Clara and other regular South Bay performance venues, the Chorale also shares its love of choral music internationally. The Chorale has performed under the baton of Sir David Willcocks at Coventry Cathedral in England, and has presented concerts in some of the world’s great performance venues in Israel, Poland, Russia, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Argentina. In June of 2016, the Chorale will continue its work as a musical ambassador on a musical tour to Spain.
Under the artistic leadership of its fifth artistic director, Scot Hanna-Weir, the Chorale continues to provide its audiences and singers with meaningful musical experiences. Through performing challenging and interesting repertoire, presenting exciting and innovative concerts, and connecting to the larger arts community, the Santa Clara Chorale continues to inspire by breathing life into choral music and creating art together.
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Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir
Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir is Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, where he oversees the choral program, directs the SCU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and teaches other courses within the music department. He is also the Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale where he leads the 90-voice auditioned ensemble in a five-concert season.
As a conductor, singer, pianist, and teacher, Hanna-Weir is known for his insatiable desire for artistic excellence and his deep connection to the personal joy of music making. Comfortable in a variety of genres and styles, he is a frequent collaborator as conductor, clinician, singer, and pianist with soloists, choirs, composers, and ensembles from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. As a 2014 conducting fellow at the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival, he assisted in the world premiere of Artistic Director Matthew Halls’s own reconstruction of Bach’s lost St. Mark Passion and also conducted members of the modern and period instrument orchestras, the OBF Vocal Fellows, the Berwick Chorus, and the University of Oregon Chamber Choir.
Hanna-Weir has prepared choirs for the National Symphony Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, the National Orchestral Institute under Asher Fisch, the Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, and the Maryland Opera Studio. Hanna-Weir also directed the vocal music program at Tecumseh High School in Michigan, where he led his choirs to consistent success at district and state choral festivals. He received his DMA from the University of Maryland, MM from the University of Wisconsin, and BME from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“I am always looking for new and exciting repertoire to program with my ensembles, and the opportunity to work on Shanti not only provides that, but also a tremendous opportunity for cultural exchange and fellowship. The Chorale is thrilled to be participating in this project.”
-Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir,
Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University