Artists-in-Residence: Schola Antiqua of Chicago
Schola Antiqua of Chicago is currently the Artists-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute, participating in the University Program in Catholic Thought, the core element of the Institute’s evangelical engagement of the culture of American higher education with authentic Catholic teaching and scholarly work. The University Program provides a framework for students and faculty at the University of Chicago to investigate the Catholic intellectual tradition in all its integrity, encounter outstanding Catholic scholars and leaders, and pursue the integration of intellectual work and study with their Catholic faith. Lumen Christi supports Schola Antiqua as the ensemble provides unparalleled offerings related to the foundations of Catholic liturgy and music. Michael Alan Anderson, the Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua and a graduate of the University of Chicago works closely with the Lumen Christi institute to deliver programming, organize symposia, and present workshops on the church’s great treasury of sacred music.
About Schola Antiqua
Schola Antiqua of Chicago is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of music before the year 1600. An ensemble that executes the pre-modern repertory with “sensitivity and style” (Early Music America), Schola Antiqua takes pride in providing the highest standards of research, performance, and education involving many underserved repertories in the Western musical canon. Founded in 2000 under the artistic leadership of Professor Calvin M. Bower from the University of Notre Dame, the organization has received invitations to perform from the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Chicago’s Newberry Library, the Chicago Cultural Center, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, the American Guild of Organists, and other institutions across the Midwest.
About the Artistic Director
Michael Alan Anderson was named Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua of Chicago in 2008, following the retirement of its founding Artistic Director, Calvin M. Bower. Having received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago, Anderson is a founding member of the ensemble and currently serves on the musicology faculty of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, specializing in sacred music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He has received numerous awards, including the Alvin H. Johnson American Musicological Society 50 Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the Whiting Foundation Fellowship (University of Chicago), and the Grace Frank Grant (Medieval Academy of America).
To listen to some of Schola Antiqua’s performances, please visit their Youtube Channel HERE.