In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Born in Chicago, and educated in the Lutheran School system there, Robert Scholz sang in school choirs and was inspired to become a choral director by the example of Gerhard Schroth. He studied piano beginning at age eight, and later took up organ. As a student at St. Olaf College from 1957-1961 he sang under Olaf Christiansen and Kenneth Jennings, and studied voice and piano.
He continued his education at the University of Illinois where he earned a Master of Music degree in musicology in 1967 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting in 1969. While at Illinois, Scholz conducted the University Chamber Choir and was Minister of Music at First United Presbyterian Church of Urbana.
Scholz taught at Campbell College in North Carolina from 1963-1965 and joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1968. At St. Olaf he currently conducts the Chapel Choir, the Viking Chorus, and the Chamber Choir. He also teaches voice, choral conducting and choral literature. He has directed many major choral works with the Chapel Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra.
Other duties on campus involve assisting in the planning of the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, founding the St. Olaf High School Summer Music Camp, and planning and directing Conferences on Theology and Music.
As a composer and arranger, Scholz's compositions have been published by Morning Star, Mark Foster, and Augsburg-Fortress. Many of his arrangements are heard in the annual Christmas Festival. In 1994 Scholz's edition of Johann Pachelbel's Magnificat in B flat was published by Mark Foster. Edited from a manuscript now located in Oxford, England, the work has never before been printed and is probably one of Pachelbel's most significant choral works.
Robert Scholz is well-known as a choral clinician and festival director. He has been active in ACDA of Minnesota, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Minnesota Composer Forum, Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
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Review: A collection of Sacred Choral Classics, Songs of Christmas, Ethnic Songs and African American Spirituals conducted by Robert Scholz fills this wonderful recording by the Viking Chorus of St. Olaf College. These pieces have been taken from many of their concerts, including their participation in the Christmas festivals. The recording begins with the first and final sections of William Byrd's Mass for Three voices. Other selections include compositions by director Scholz, such as "Set Me as a Seal" with piano and oboe accompaniment and the a cappella "All this Night." They also sing two selections is Swedish. This recording is a well sung variety of repertoire for men's voices.
Songlist: Mass for 3 Voices, Qui tollis , Haec est dies, The Cherubic Hymn , Cantique de Jean Racine , Nunc dimittis in Bb , Set Me as a Seal , The Shepherd's Psalm , All This Night , O Holy Child, Midnight Clear , Carols and Lullabies , Pa fjallet i sol , Domaredansen , What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor , Down by the Sally Gardens , Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme , Somebody's Calling My Name, Were You There , In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'
Review: The St. Olaf College Viking Chorus is a group of 60 first-year college men who have been organized to sing high quality music written for men's voices. They perform a program that includes motets, cantata movements, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, folk songs and the like. Included are 24 songs, from the title tune, Richard Farrant's "Hide Not Thou Thy Face," and Vivaldi's "Crucifixus," to Michael Cox' beautiful "O Holy Child," the folk songs "Down By The Sally Gardens" and " The Miller of Dee," closing with the lovely spirituals "Steal Away" and "Somebody's Calling My Name." Smooth, strong harmonies--this is powerful, inspirational spiritual music, sung with youthful energy by this wonderfully directed Christian male chorus. Great stuff!
Songlist: Rise Up, O Men of God, Hide Not Thou Thy Face, Crucifixus, If Ye Love Me, Haec est dies, O Blessed Are the Dead, Come, Let Us Worship, A Song of Joy, When Christmas Morn is Dawning, O Holy Child, Litany to the Holy Spirit, How Can I Keep from Singing?, Missa Salve Regina:, -Sanctus, -Benedictus, - Agnus Dei , Loch Lomond, Two Folk Songs for Male Voices:, -Down By the Sally Gardens, -The Miller of Dee, A Lovesong Trilogy, -Set Me as a Seal, -My Heart Is Like a Singing Bird, - A Red, Red, Rose, Were You There?, Steal Away, Somebody's Calling Me Name
If Ye Love Me
Review: Northfield, MN's St. Olaf College boasts many fine vocal and instrumental ensembles. The Viking Chorus, founded in 1935, is a group of 60 first-year student men who perform motets, cantatas and anthems, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, and folksongs. The 26 songs of "When Love is Found" are largely classical sacred music such as Hovland's "The Glory of the Father," Pitoni's "Adoramus te" (We Adore Thee), Byrd's "Agnus Dei," Petrich's "First Born of Creation," Biebl's "Ave Maria" (Angelus Domini), and Gretchaninoff's "Only Begotten Son," the title tune and "Our Father." The beautiful folk song "Down by the Sally Gardens," the sea shanty "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor," the Irish anthem "Danny Boy," the driving Israeli tune "El Yivneh Hagalil," and the spirituals "Were You There" and "Ain'-a That Good News" bring this very strong collection to a close. Some light accompaniment. A touching blend of sacred and secular music from this renowned ensemble.
Songlist: The Glory Of The Father, Adoramus Te, Adoramus Te, Christe, Agnus Dei , If Ye Love Me, First Born Of Creation, Cantate Domino, Psalm 36, All That Hath Life And Breath Prase Ye The Lord, Ave Maria, Song Of Peace, Agnus Dei , Only Begotten Son, Our Father, The King Of Love My Shepard, When Love Is Found, And Death Shall Have No Dominion, No MAn Is An ISland, Shall I Compare Thee, Down By The Sally Gardens, What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor, Danny Boy, El Yivneh HAgalil, Don't Be Weary Traveler, Were You There, Ain't That Good News
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