Free Christmas Music from Schola Cantorum of Texas and Texas Camerata

Schola Cantorum of Texas, with Texas Camerata, presents free “A Gift of Music at Christmas” concerts Dec. 5 in Arlington, Tex., Dec. 7 in Fort Worth, Tex., and Dec. 14 in Southlake, Tex. The concert features classical and traditional music of the season.

Online PR News – 01-December-2010 – – Fort Worth, Tex., Nov. 30, 2010 – Free Christmas music concerts are a long-standing tradition with Schola Cantorum of Texas. This year, Fort Worth’s premier choral music group has an extra surprise in its three “A Gift of Music at Christmas” concerts – a joint appearance with nationally acclaimed Baroque instrumental ensemble Texas Camerata.

The two talented groups join to present Vivaldi’s “Gloria” the first half of the concerts, titled “Gloria in Excelcis Deo!” Written for chorus, orchestra and three soprano soloists, “Gloria” is Vivaldi’s best-known sacred work.

Texas Camerata will augment its core group with several additional musicians to fill out the orchestra for these special performances.

In the words of musicologist David Crawford, “…the Gloria of the Mass, first sung by the angels in the New Testament, is dressed by Vivaldi in the trappings of a secular world that is both light-hearted and reassuring.”

All three Christmas music concerts are presented free of admission charge, at these times and locations:


• Sunday, Dec. 5 – Trinity UMC, 3321 West Park Row Drive, Arlington
• Tuesday, Dec. 7 – St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave., Fort Worth
• Tuesday, Dec. 14 – White’s Chapel UMC, 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd., Southlake

The second half is all choral music, featuring traditional and lighter Christmas music, including works by Malcolm Sargent, John Rutter, David Willcocks, Robert Young and C. L. Bass

Schola’s “A Gift of Music at Christmas” series is one Tarrant County’s most popular seasonal celebrations of Christmas music. The free concerts draws thousands each year to hear carols old and new and to join in a carol sing-along.

Dr. Jerry McCoy is the fourth music director in the 48-year history of Schola Cantorum of Texas. He is Director of Choral Studies and Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, where he conducts the renowned A Capella Choir, North Texas Chamber Choir and the Grand Chorus. Dr. McCoy teaches choral music studies and advanced choral techniques and guides an acclaimed choral program that includes more than 300 students. He currently serves as president of the American Choral Directors Association.

Alan Buratto is piano accompanist for Schola Cantorum. He holds degrees in piano performance from Washington State University and New England Conservatory, has done doctoral work in choral conducting at the University of North Texas and served as Artistic Director for the Texas Boys Choir.

About Texas Camerata

Based in Fort Worth, Texas Camerata is dedicated to performing the music of the Baroque and Classical eras with an emphasis on historical style. Texas Camerata has presented numerous concerts as part of the Boston Early Music Festival concurrent events series to rave reviews.The group’s programs combine a captivating mix of familiar and less well-known vocal and instrumental chamber music. More information at

About Schola Cantorum of Texas

Schola Cantorum of Texas is North Texas’ premier choral music performing group. Since its founding in 1962, the group has performed hundred of concerts to critical acclaim across the United States and Europe. Known for its rich, resonant sound and dedication to honoring the heritage of choral music, Schola Cantorum of Texas performs regularly throughout Tarrant County and the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex under the direction of Dr. Jerry McCoy. For more information, please visit


Archie Bailey
Schola Cantorum of Texas

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