Assumption Becomes a Music Magnet School in 2019-2020
by Fr. Ted Ley, SM, DMus
It’s official! Assumption is becoming a Catholic Magnet School in the Communication Arts with a special focus on Sacred and Classical Choral Music, Pre-K through Eighth Grade. Mr. Vicente Bastidas joins the Faculty full-time as the Choirmaster. Every child going to Assumption will receive a music education second-to-none. There will be no raise in school tuition for this opportunity, thanks to generous benefactors. Ms. Juarez, the school principal, is working closely with experts to create the most up-to-date and exciting program in Education available to any child in the East Los Angeles area.
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Vicente Bastidas, at age nine, singing the soprano part of the complete Vivaldi Gloria in a Schola concert with orchestra.
Creating a True Choir School for Our Times, Part 1
by Fr. Ted Ley, SM, DMus
A “school choir” is not a “choir school.” There is a big difference. We knew we could create a worthy “school choir” at Assumption. That was already an answer to a prayer: We could help revivify a venerable school in a needy neighborhood. But more has happened!
In a choir school as distinguished from a school choir, the children’s general studies – the “Three R’s” – are to large extent taught through choral music preparation and performance. This holistic approach is closer to home schooling than to age-related classes. And like home-schooled students, youth in choir schools often excel in national standardized tests.
But the curriculum has to be “just right.” For example, Escolania Pacifica students have as their Science Lab, the Physics of Sound, Electronics and Communications. This type of lab utilizes Algebra and Geometry earlier than most middle school Science. The children of Assumption have run a campus radio broadcasting station for several years. We are now adding amateur radio, so more advanced students can pass the examinations and be assigned by the FCC their personal call letters and be able to join the American Radio Relay League.
Ways to contribute to our mission
Consider volunteering in the choir
Our choir is always looking for more singers. If you are interested in singing soprano, alto, tenor, or bass then please reach out to us either through email or phone call. At the moment, we sing at St. John Chrysostom in Inglewood on Sundays with practice starting at 10am and mass at 11:30am. In addition, we plan concerts locally and on the road. We are happy to accept new singers, so please feel welcome to inquire.
Make donations by mail
Despite the move to electronic payments, we still do accept checks. Checks should be payable to “The Schola Cantorum of the Pacific” and mailed to P.O. Box 171, Wrightwood, CA 92397. Since we are a 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations are tax deductible according to current tax laws. You will receive an acknowledgement letter that you can keep for tax purposes.
Make donations online
There are now two ways to make donations online. The first way is making one-time donations through PayPal and the second way is using PayPal to set up recurring donations. All donations through PayPal are also tax deductible according to current tax laws.
Share our stories to others and on social media
Unquestionably, one of the best ways to support us is to attend our events and show and tell your friends and family. Share this newsletter with others or leave it on your coffee table. And share our social media posts with others in your favorite social network. We appreciate all the exposure you can provide for us.
Shop through AmazonSmile
The details were first shared through our first quarterly newsletter. We are participating in AmazonSmile. Once it’s set up, you can shop regularly through Amazon and 0.5% of your purchases will donated to your favorite non-profit.
All details can be found on our website.