Yale Schola Cantorum
David Hill, principal conductor
Masaaki Suzuki, principal guest conductor
Yale Schola Cantorum, founded in 2003 by Simon Carrington, is a chamber choir that sings in concerts and choral services. Supported by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with the School of Music, and open by audition to all Yale students, it specializes in music from before 1750 and the last hundred years. From 2009-2013, Schola Cantorum was under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki. In the fall of 2013, David Hill became the prinicpal conductor; Masaaki Suzuki remains affiliated with the group as principal guest conductor.
In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the choir records and tours nationally and internationally. Schola Cantorum’s live recording with Robert Mealy and Yale Collegium Musicum of Heinrich Biber’s 1693 Vesperae longiores ac breviores received international acclaim from the early music press, as have subsequent CDs of J.S. Bach’s rarely heard 1725 version of the St. John Passion and Antonio Bertali’s Missa resurrectionis. A commercial recording on the Naxos label of Mendelssohn and Bach Magnificats was released in fall 2009. Schola Cantorum has toured internationally in England, Hungary, France, China, South Korea, and Italy, and traveled to Athens and Istanbul in May of 2012.
During the 2011-2012 season Masaaki Suzuki conducted performances of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Juilliard415 in New Haven and New York. [2012-2013 highlights include performances of Bach Motets with Bach Collegium Japan and the NY Phil, Handel’s Samson, Bach’s Mass in B-minor with Juilliard415, and a concert tour of Japan and the Phillippines. In recent years, the choir has sung under the direction of the internationally renowned conductors Helmuth Rilling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Stephen Layton, Paul Hillier, Nicholas McGegan, Dale Warland, James O’Donnell, and Simon Halsey. Guest conductors in 2011-12 included Stefan Parkman, David Hill, Christopher Robinson, and Simon Carrington. Guest conductors for 2012-13 were David Hill, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, and Erwin Ortner.