The Yale Schola Cantorum, founded in 2003 by Simon Carrington, is a 24-voice chamber choir that specializes in music composed 1750 as well as from the last 100 years. It is supported by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with the School of Music and is open by audition to all Yale students. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the Yale Schola Cantorum records and tours nationally and internationally. The ensemble'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. The Yale Schola Cantorum has been conducted by Masaaki Suzuki since 2009.
The choir has recorded the Bach and Mendelssohn Magnificats for commercial release, under the direction of conductors Helmuth Rilling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Mariner, Stephen Layton, Paul Hillier, and Nicholas McGegan. The ensemble performed the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers in New Haven and New York and Bach's Mass in B Minor in New Haven, South Korea, and China. The Yale Schola Cantorum has also made tours to England, Hungary, and southwest France. Other repertoire to date includes works by Josquin, Manchicourt, Lassus, Willaert, Tallis, Byrd, Guerrero, Gibbons, Schütz, Charpentier, Purcell, Handel, Zelenka, Brahms, Bruckner, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Dallapiccola, Britten, Tippett, Feldman, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Sofia Gubaidulina, Berio, Steven Stucky, James MacMillan, and Yale faculty members Ezra Laderman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ingram Marshall, and Joan Panetti.
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