Cultural Forum

About the Program

By creating a forum for deliberate discourse on the great institutions of our culture, and the place of Catholic Christianity in the development of these institutions, the Cultural Forum situates Catholic scholarship at the frontier of the question concerning culture. It fosters dialogue among the Church, academy, and public square as a means of renewing culture as called for by Saint Pope John Paul II. Events in this program have included discussions of law and culture, Catholic social thought and the economy, religion and secular culture in Europe, and school choice and Catholic education.




Vocal ensemble Schola Antiqua serves as the Lumen Christi Institute’s Artists-in-Residence. Lumen Christi supports Schola Antiqua in providing 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 Institute to deliver concerts and workshops on the Church’s great treasury of sacred music.


About Schola Antiqua

Schola Antiqua is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of music composed before the year 1600. Executing 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 University of Notre Dame Professor Calvin M. Bower, the group has received performance invitations 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 in 2008, following the retirement of its founding Artistic Director, Calvin M. Bower. Holding a PhD 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 the 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).


Read a review from the Chicago Classical Review of Schola Antiqua’s recent concert “A Mother’s Mother: Music for St. Anne” HERE.


To listen to some of Schola Antiqua’s performances, please visit their Youtube Channel HERE.