We should have known that things were looking good when Schola Antiqua's concert "Machaut's Musical Monuments" was rated the #3 event of the last weekend in April in the great city of Cleveland, Ohio (Taylor Swift was #9)! The founder and editor of clevelandclassical.com wrote this thoughtful review of our April 26 performance. To quote just a bit: "a better argument for the listenability of Machaut's music than Schola Antiqua gave would be difficult to imagine. The eight-voice ensemble (one female soprano, one countertenor, four tenors, and two basses) sang with an attractive straight tone and wonderful tuning, producing clear textures, fleet melismas, and dramatic dynamic contrasts, which brought welcome variety to Machaut's musical repetitions in sections of the Mass." Here is a clip from that memorable performance.
We are thrilled to announce that Schola Antiqua has received the 2012 Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society. The award, in honor of the founder of the New York Pro Musica, recognizes efforts between scholars and performers to foster outstanding contributions to historical performing practices. Schola Antiqua’s winning proposal, entitled “Sounding the Neumatized Sequence” and organized in collaboration with Prof. Lori Kruckenberg (University of Oregon), seeks to bridge the gap between the research discoveries of medieval musicologists and musical performances of the Latin plainchant repertory.