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Schola Antiqua of Chicago

Schola Antiqua of Chicago is a professional early music ensemble dedicated to the performance of repertory before the year 1600. An ensemble that executes pre-modern music with “sensitivity and style” (Early Music America), Schola Antiqua takes pride in providing the highest standards of research, performance, and education as it highlights underserved repertories in the Western musical canon. Founded in 2000, the organization has received invitations to perform from festivals, libraries, universities, and other institutions across the Midwest. In 2006-2007, Schola Antiqua was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago. The ensemble is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute.

In 2012, Schola Antiqua received the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to historical performing practice. Its connections to the academic community can be seen in collaborations with scholars from around the United States. The ensemble has recorded music accompanying Theodore Karp’s Introduction to the Post-Tridentine Mass Proper, 1590-1890 (American Institute of Musicology, 2005), Margot Fassler's Music in the Medieval West (W.W. Norton, 2013), and the medieval art exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York.

Schola Antiqua has released four commercial CDs on the Naxos of America and Discantus labels, and much of the music has not received a modern recording. Music from these albums has aired on the national broadcasts of With Heart and Voice, Harmonia, and Millennium of Music and has received reviews in Early Music America, Fanfare, the Journal of Plainsong and Medieval Music, and Notes (Music Library Association). The group’s latest CD, Missa Conceptio tua: Medieval and Renaissance Music for Advent (Naxos of America, 2014) was named one of the best classical albums in 2014 by Culture Catch.