The Yale Schola Cantorum, founded in 2003, is a 24-voice student chamber choir specializing in music from before 1750 and from the last 100 years. Simon Carrington is the group’s founder and conductor; it is supported by the Institute of Sacred Music with the Yale School of Music. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven, New York, and Boston, the choir records and tours nationally and internationally. Schola Cantorum’s repertoire to date includes music by Josquin des Pres, Orlando di Lasso, Tallis, Schütz, Monteverdi, Bach, Charpentier, Stravinsky, Britten, Einojuhani Rautavaara, James MacMillan, and Yale faculty composers Ezra Laderman and Aaron Jay Kernis. In May 2005 the choir toured southern England, and in August the group was the featured chamber choir at the Monteverdi Choir Festival in Budapest. In February of 2005, a CD of Heinrich Biber’s 1693 Vesperae longiores ac breviores, recorded live in New Haven and New York City by Schola Cantorum with the baroque violinist Robert Mealy and the Yale Collegium Players, was released to great acclaim. Simon Carrington is director of the Yale Schola Cantorum and professor of choral conducting at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the School of Music, where he has also led the introduction of a new graduate voice track for singers wishing to specialize in oratorio, early music, song, and chamber ensemble. Professor Carrington was a creative force for 25 years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he co-founded while at Cambridge University. He now maintains an active schedule worldwide as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes all over the world.
Ian L. Howell
Steven Caldicott Wilson