Labor of Love

Schola Live! My work is done, my task is o’er . . .

– John Henry Cardinal Newman


“Founded in 1998 by Director Emeritus John Renke, Schola Cantorum San Francisco (SCHOLASF) has caught the attention of audiences and critics in and beyond the Bay Area for its purity of sound, careful tuning, and fine blend of voices. Especially known for its interpretations of Renaissance polyphony, the group is equally at home in a broad range of choral styles, from Gregorian chant to contemporary works.

“The resident liturgical choir at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi until 2005, the ensemble was reorganized in that year as an independent, non-profit arts organization. SCHOLASF now offers its treasured gift of music for liturgies, concerts, and private events, as well as educational and community outreach programs, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The choir’s first two CDs, Pilgrimage: Music from the National Shrine of Saint Francis and This Christmas Night, have been critically acclaimed internationally, garnering praise for a sound ‘equal to the best of the mixed-voice choirs in Great Britain.’ Now available, Schola Live!, SCHOLASF’s third release and first live recording, features selections drawn from concerts recorded throughout the 2006-2007 season.”

A bio, like the one above, is a strange beast, and it is difficult to create one that says precisely what it needs to say, without saying too little or too much. I find it interesting to read bios by accomplished artists and ensembles that seemingly fall short of their greatness; and conversely, I can’t help but notice pretense in an extensive description.

While I sing professionally with ScholaSF, I am also a member of the board. One of board’s many achievements this year was the creation of this bio. I think it does the group justice in an unassuming, balanced way; although, I do think it may fall a bit short. This is a great group (not just because I’m in it), whose scope and potential occupies more than a few sentences.

So many strides have been made since the end of the 2006-2007 season, most visibly manifested in the recent release of Schola Live!, the group’s third CD. I was the project manager, which, in short, means I spewed commands and coordinated tasks to ensure all of the work was being done. That way, at the end of the process, it would all come together. It was a long, arduous process that, at the time, felt like an eternity. I only desired the finished product.

One major part of the process was figuring out which tracks were to be featured on the CD. We came up with a democratic solution: a listening party! Members of the group were invited to a singer’s home, and we listened to the entire 2006-2007 season during multiple sessions. A rating system was developed to include the highest rated tracks on the CD.

Michelle Clair (soprano and graphics designer for the CD) did some amazing work. She created an incredibly stunning CD jacket, tray card, and disc-print. The visual artwork undoubtedly matches the beauty of the CD’s aural contents, which is a difficult feat to accomplish, I must say!

Steven Massey (honorary member and another soprano’s partner) was key to making this possible. Not only was he involved in the act of recording our concerts, he also engineered the entire CD. For those of you involved in recording, you know well that good ensembles can quickly sound terrible if poorly recorded and engineered. The Schola is forever grateful for the countless hours Steven invested in the group.

Schola Live! was made available for sale in early December, and sold very well at our concerts in December and January. Of course, it continues to be sold on ScholaSF’s website, and at most ScholaSF concerts.

A couple of samples from Schola Live! are available below for your listening pleasure. If you like what you hear, please consider purchasing CDs by visiting ScholaSF’s website at

Ave Maris Stella by Trond Kverno   Rise Up, My Fair One by Healy Willan

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Grandpa Augie

Agosto Marino Adelio Scattini Thank you, Grandpa Augie. We will miss you and love you all the days of our lives.

August M. Scattini “Scat” or “Augie”, age 87 of Salinas went home to our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 18, 2007. He died peacefully at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital with his family and friends at his side. He was born on June 27, 1920 in Tenero, Switzerland and lived in Salinas for over 60 years.

At the age of 5, his family came to the United States. They settled in Greenfield, California. He attended Greenfield and King City Schools, graduated from King City High School in 1938 and attended Salinas Junior College, now known as Hartnell College. He became a United States citizen and served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, in Italy. “Scat” married the love of his life, ”Jo” Marquez in 1948.

He retired from Sears after 28 years where he managed both carpet and automotive departments.

August was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sacristan for daily Mass. He also volunteered his time for Meals on Wheels and Saint Vincent De Paul.

He loved his family and friends very much, always putting the will of God first. Because he was a person who made friends easily, “Scat” was known and loved by many.

He was preceded in death by parents, Vincent and Paulina, brothers, Arthur & Hugo 1 Scattini, daughter, Mary Ann Scattini and grandson, Jon Michael Scattini.

He is survived by his wife, Jo of 58 years;
Daughters, Paula (Randy) Parola, Catherine (Terry) O’Brien;
Son, Jon (Mary) Scattini;
Brother, Hugo (Theresa) Scattini;
Thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Thursday, August 23, 2007 from 1:00-5:00pm at Struve and Laporte Funeral Home-41 West San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901

Rosary was held on Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 7:00 pm at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel.

Mass was held at 10:00 am on Friday, August 24, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church- 22 Stone St., Salinas, CA 93901

Burial took place at the Garden of Memories Cemetery

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church, Sacred Heart School and the Saint Vincent De Paul Society.

(Obituary originally published 21 August 2007)


I was unfortunate enough to only have known Augie for a few years. I can’t speak much about him other than he was the sweetest old man I have ever known. I believe that the world is a dimmer place having lost him. He will truly be an asset to God in his heavenly kingdom.

Salinas has lost an important landmark with the loss of Scat. The stories of Scat will be passed down through the generations, and his Great Great grandchildren will be proud to be descended from him. I know that he looks down on his family as a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He may not have said it often, but it is obvious to see in the twinkle in his eyes how proud he was of his family.

I remember how he would light up an entire room simply with his presence. I am honored to have known this man, and I strive to be as faithful and joyful as he was.

Aug 26, 2007


To all the family: My best memories as a teen were being at the house and feeling very welcomed by everyone there. Great conversations with Scat, bbqs, watching the S. F. Giants games and feeling a true sense that someone cared. Scat was that type of person who always made time for all who came by. I will always remember his care, laughter and concern for others. My prayers are with you all.

Jeff Kirby
Aug 24, 2007
Salinas, CA


Dear Jo and Family: I am given 1000 characters in this guest book to express my feelings about your loss of August. If I but had enough words to fill a set of encyclopedias it would not be enough to do that. It is now 10:41 a.m. on August 14 and I am, in my own personal way, sitting in front of my computer saying goodbye to your loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. I am also saying goodbye to a very personal friend, really a brother who stood alongside of me at the organ in the Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield, with his brother, Arthur on the other side, gloriously singing Leonard’s Mass in E flat. Those were the days! And now they are gone. We had so much fun and pleasure in doing that very beautiful Mass many, many times. I just could not attend the Mass in Salinas today but hope that you will understand that my heart is filled with sorrow in your loss because it is my loss, too. I will remember August in my prayers as well as I will remember all of you so that God will give you the strength and courage to go on where August has left off. You have every reason to be proud of him and can be assured that he stands now at the right hand of the Father pleading your cause in everything you do. Bless you all. Wilmar Tognazzini

Wilmar Tognazzini
Aug 24, 2007
Morro Bay, CA


Jo and all your family, I pray that Augie’s void will entered with calm, peace and a certain understanding of Our Master’s Love.”

Carol Ann-Marie Chealander
Aug 22, 2007
Pacific Grove, CA


Dear Jo and Family ,

We are so thankful we took time to visit with you and Scat last year. You know how dear Scat was to our family. Hopfully we can attend the funeral. Please know our prayers are with you if we can’t make it.

God Bless.

Pete & Joyce Renebome
Aug 22, 2007
Stockton, CA


Our Condolences to the Family. I met Scat in 1980 at Sears. Very Kind Person.

Louis and Silvia Ortiz
Aug 22, 2007
Weslaco, TX


Scat will be truly missed by all of us. He always has a smile on his face when taking his walks around the block with Lily.

Our thoughts and prayer are with you all.

Mark, Lisa, Danielle and Cory McMahon
Aug 21, 2007
Mountain Home, AR


Hello all. Our thoughts and prayers from Washington are with you.

From Augie’s arguments about my “book learning” vs. his “common sense” (which we both enjoyed) to the wonderful ways in which he has helped out my mom, he will be remembered.

Augie, you were the last neighborhood father to leave us, so as Linny said, say hi to those who preceded you. Go in peace!

We love you all,
Don & Joyce

Don Hallstone
Aug 21, 2007
Bonney Lake, WA


You all know I love you very much.
Mary Ann has her Daddy now, and Little Jon has his Grandpa.
Rest in Peace Augie..say hi to Dad for me.
Love, Linny

Melinda Messner-Rios
Aug 21, 2007
Salinas, CA

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