The Yale Schola Cantorum (Schola), a chamber choir made up of students from across all of Yale University’s departments and professional schools, and Juilliard415, the period-instrument orchestra of Juilliard’s famous historical performance program toured throughout Scandinavia this summer (May 24 – June 1). The group performed in Copenhagen, Lund, Västerås, Helsinki, and Oslo. Each location’s performance was open to the public, and comprised of Joseph Hayden’s Lord Nelson Mass, Paweł Łukaszewski’s Ascensio Domini, and Johann Christian Bach’s Grand Overture (Symphony) in D Major.
The Schola group performs sacred music from the sixteenth century to the present day in concert settings and choral services around the world. The ensemble is sponsored by Yale Institute of Sacred Music and conducted by David Hill; Masaaki Suzuki is principal guest conductor. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the ensemble records and tours nationally and internationally. Schola’s 2018 recordings on the Hyperion label featuring Palestrina’s Missa Confitebor tibi Domine and Fauré’s Requiem have garnered enthusiastic reviews. On tour, Schola Cantorum has given performances in England, Hungary, France, China, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, India, and Spain.