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The Schola Antiqua of Chicago welcomed as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago welcomed new artists-in-residence this month: the Schola Antiqua, a heralded Chicago-based early music vocal ensemble.

The Schola Antiqua will present a series of concerts, lectures and workshops at the University throughout the 2006-2007 school year, under the direction of medieval musicologist Calvin M. Bower, who is a visiting professor in the Department of Music at the University.

Supported by the Office of the President, and in partnership with the Department of Music and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the residency will involve students, scholars, and members of the community in the Schola’s mission to preserve, study, and interpret a largely-unexplored genre of medieval chant and early polyphonic music, which developed in Western Europe between the 9th Century and the advent of the Renaissance.

The first public concert of the residency, featuring the complete Ave Regina Celorum Mass of Guillaume Du Fay, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, November 10 in Rockefeller Chapel. It is a free event and open to the public.

Founded in 2000, the Schola Antiqua has performed a variety of programs at many secular and liturgical venues, including many Chicago-area churches, the Newberry Library, the Chicago Cultural Center, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Joliet, the University of Notre Dame and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. The group has been involved in outreach initiatives with local arts and language programs at Chicago secondary schools, and has recorded several chant sequences to accompany scholarly publications. Bower, a retired professor and co-founder of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, currently holds research and teaching appointments at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich and the University of Chicago.

The Schola Antiqua joins the Pacifica Quartet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Eighth Blackbird and fellow early musicians of The Newberry Consort on the professional artistic roster of the University of Chicago. In addition to the two scheduled concerts in Rockefeller Chapel this school year, members of the Schola Antiqua will provide live musical examples in seminars for graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Music and participate in interdisciplinary workshops in the Division of the Humanities and Divinity School, while also working with University vocal ensembles on authentic performance practice.

Details on all residency events can be found at
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