Welcome to the website of The Schola Cantorum of the Pacific, founded in 1976 to foster the educational and liturgical Music traditions of the Catholic Church in modern times. This site provides information on current activities of the Schola. The young adults of the Schola are available to present concerts tracing the history of Liturgical Music from earliest times to the present. A special ministry of the Schola is to assist with the Music Education of children in needier circumstances. The Schola itself is a regular cantoral ensemble whose current home church is Saint John Chrysostom Parish in Inglewood, California. The current choir school programs of the Schola are at St. John Chrysostom, and at Assumption School in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.
The Schola was founded by Fr. Ted Ley, SM, D.Mus. of the Society of Mary, the Marianists, and musical associates with the purposes of acquainting Catholics today with many dimensions of what the Second Vatican Council called the Catholic Church’s “treasure of inestimable worth” — its Liturgical and Sacred Music. The Schola itself sings “from Gregorian to Gospel.” Its members reflect the diversity of the Catholic populace of Southern California. United in their cultivation of Liturgical Music, they form a small Christian community in themselves. Fr. Ley continues to direct the Schola, assisted today by Vicente Bastidas-Elizondo.
The name, The Schola Cantorum of the Pacific, is an American registered trademark.