Director David J. Hughes has assembled an ensemble of singers who are all at home with the most complex polyphony in the canon of Western sacred music: early-music soprano Elizabeth Weaver; mezzo-soprano, teacher, and writer Judith Malafronte; multitalented high tenor and trombonist Terrence B. Fay; tenor Richard Dobbins, who got his start in ensemble singing in the Oxford Oratory Choir; and bass Charles Weaver, who teaches and performs widely on early plucked instruments and directs early opera.
On a weekly basis, the Schola performs a wide range of the greatest music written throughout the centuries for the Mass: late medieval and Renaissance polyphony, Baroque gems by composers such as Monteverdi and Charpentier, and even twentieth- and twenty-first-century works. For important feasts, the Schola also joins the combined choirs of St. Mary’s to perform large-scale music with organ and instruments, such as Mass settings by Mozart. The Schola made its professional recording debut in 2017 with Lux Fulgebit: The Mass at Dawn of Christmas Day, the world premiere recording of the 16th-c. Mass Christe Jesu by William Rasar.
The ongoing work of the Schola Cantorum is made possible by the benefactors of the St. Cecilia Society. For more information, please contact Tom Heckel, chairman, at (203) 570-7646 or email@example.com.
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