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Yale Schola Cantorum

This chamber choir was formed in 2003 by the conductor Professor Simon Carrington who had previously been a co-founder and singer in England with successful male ensemble The King’s Singers.

The choir, comprising 24 members who are students at the University, is given support from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music and has been conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, who previously founded Bach Collegium Japan 1990, since 2009.   Their repertoire includes music prior to 1750 by composers such as William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Thomas Tallis, and after 1900 by Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky and several students and faculty members from Yale.

It wasn’t long before they became acclaimed for their performances in cities such as Boston,New Haven and New York.  They have since performed concerts on a national and international level in countries that include China, England, France, Hungary and South Korea and sung in Miami and San Antonio at choral conventions.

More recently they have performed a concert of Baltic music, conducted by Paul Hillier, and given a concert for the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death where they were led by Nicholas McGegan.  They have also performed Bach: Mass in B Minor with the Yale Collegium Players.

They have made several recordings which include Magnificats in D Major by Mendelssohn and J.S. Bach, Heinrich Biber: Vesperae longieres ac breviores, J.S. Bach: St. John Passion (1725 version), Antonio Bertali: Missa Resurrectionis and Souvenirs de la France Profonde.