Yale Schola Cantorum
David Hill, principal conductor
Masaaki Suzuki, principal guest conductor
Schola photo by Robert A. Lisak
October 2015 | review
Yale Schola Cantorum is a chamber choir that performs sacred music from the sixteenth century to the present day in concert settings and choral services around the world. It is sponsored by Yale Institute of Sacred Music and conducted by David Hill; Masaaki Suzuki is principal guest conductor.
Open by audition to students from all departments and professional schools across Yale University, the choir has a special interest in historically informed performance practice, often in collaboration with instrumentalists from Juilliard415.
Schola was founded in 2003 by Simon Carrington, and has worked with a host of internationally renowned conductors, including Simon Halsey, Paul Hillier, Stephen Layton, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Stefan Parkman, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, and Dale Warland.
In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the ensemble records and tours nationally and internationally. Schola’s recordings appear on the Delos, Gothic, and Naxos labels. On tour, Schola Cantorum has given performances in England, Hungary, France, China, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Japan, and Singapore. The ensemble will tour St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Riga, Latvia in the spring of 2016 and will tour to India in 2017.
Current season | Highlights of Schola’s 2015-2016 season include performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, and Pärt’s Passio with David Hill; Bach’s Lutheran Masses with Masaaki Suzuki; works by Buxtehude with founding conductor Simon Carrington; and a joint performance with the Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club with guest conductor Matthew Halls. The ensemble will tour St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Riga, Latvia in the spring of 2016.