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Schola Cantorun, Toronto (Vocal Ensemble)

Founded: 1972 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Founded in 2012 by Daniel Taylor, the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum aims to present the brilliant early choral and instrumental repertoire from across the centuries to a new audience. The group's interpretations strive to recreate the original performances of musical works interpretations led by the energy and insights of the gifted students themselves - in the belief that historical performance ideals and knowledge of the old world are essential for creating music anew. The Schola Cantorum includes students from all levels of study (Bachelor in Music, Master in Music and Doctoral Candidates), with students representing many voice studios in the Faculty. Canada has many university choral ensembles, however the Schola Cantorum is the only large scale group using period instruments and historically informed performance practices to reveal the beauty of Baroque and early repertoire.

In 2012-2013, the Schola Cantorum made its inaugural performance with the famed The Tallis Scholars. The ensemble also performed and toured central Canada presenting George Frideric Handel's Coronation Anthems and recorded early German works including Dietrich Buxtehude's Jesu, meines Lebens Leben. In 2013-2014, the ensemble appeared in concert touring with the Gabrieli Consort, presented Purcell's Dido and Aeneas on four evenings to sold-out crowds and offered a reenactment of the coronation ceremony of King George II (also sold-out). Most recently, the group presented Heinrich Schütz' Musikalische Exequien in concert, accompanied by the Theatre of Early Music Orchestra, concert which lead to the production of the album "The Valley of Tears - La Vallée des Pleurs" (released 2015).

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is located in one of the worlds most vibrant, multicultural, arts-oriented cities. Based on publications and citations, the University of Toronto leads Canadian research universities in Fine Arts and Music.

Members of Schola Cantorum, University of Toronto:





Erin Cooper-Gay
Michele DeBoer
Rebecca Genge
Elizabeth Hetherington
Ellen McAteer
Julia Morson
Hannah Tarder-Stoll
Bronwyn Thies-Thompson
Agnes Zsigovics

Kristina Alexander
Rebecca Claborn
Kyle Guilfoyle
Simon Honeyman
Peter Mahon
Ryan McDonald
Jennifer Routhier
Jessica Wright

David Arnot-Johnston
Isaiah Bell
Charles Davidson
Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure
Rufus Müller

Alexander Dobson
Graham Robinson
David Roth
Geoffrey Sirett

Source: Liner notes to the album The Valley of Tears - La Vallée des Pleurs" (2015)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2016)

Daniel Taylor: Short Biography | Theatre of Early Music | Schola Cantorum, Toronto | Recordings of Vocal Works
Individual Recordings:
Cantatas BWV 131, BWV 152 & BWV 161 - Daniel Taylor

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