Yale Schola Cantorum

David Hill principal conductor
Masaaki Suzuki principal guest conductor

Read about Schola Cantorum’s latest CD release from Hyperion

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 Yale School of Music and 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, Singapore, Spain, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and India. They will tour Scandinavia in 2019.

Photo credit: Robert A. Lisak

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2018–2019 repertoire includes major works by Ralph Vaughan Williams (Serenade to Music and Mass in G minor), Sebastián de Vivanco (Magnificat Octavi Toni),  George Frideric Handel (Alexander’s Feast), Ildebrando Pizzetti (Requiem), Hubert Parry (Songs of Farewell), J. S. Bach (selected cantatas), Judith Weir (In the Land of Uz), Franz Joseph Haydn (Nelson Mass)