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 Morgan Library and Museum (New York City), the Chicago Cultural Center, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, the American Guild of Organists, and other institutions across the Midwest. In 2006-2007, Schola Antiqua was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago. The ensemble is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute.
Schola Antiqua won the 2012 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to historical performing practice. Its connections to the academic community can be seen in collaborations with scholars from around the United States. The ensemble has recorded music accompanying Theodore Karp’s Introduction to the Post-Tridentine Mass Proper, 1590-1890 (American Institute of Musicology, 2005), Margot Fassler's Music in the Medieval West (W.W. Norton, 2013), and the medieval art exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York.
The group has also released commercial recordings. In 2009, Schola Antiqua issued its first independent CD, Long Joy, Brief Languor, which contains the only recording of the Missa Quem malignus spiritus, one of the earliest “cyclic” masses known in Western music. The ensemble's second album West Meets East: Sacred Music from the Torino Codex features first recordings of music from an important fifteenth-century manuscript. In October 2011, Schola Antiqua released its third commercial CD entitled The Kings of Tharsis, which contains medieval and Renaissance music from the Feast of Epiphany. Again, much of this music has never been recorded. These recordings, all issued on the Discantus label, have aired on the national broadcasts of With Heart and Voice, Harmonia, and Millennium of Music and have received reviews in Early Music America, Fanfare, the Journal of Plainsong and Medieval Music, and Notes (Music Library Association). The group's forthcoming album of Advent music, including a first recording of Pierre de la Rue's Missa Conceptio tua, will be released by Naxos of America in October 2014.
Schola Antiqua of Chicago Foundation is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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, a medieval musicologist and emeritus faculty member from the University of Notre Dame. 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, and he specializes in music and devotion in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
As a conductor, Anderson was the Assistant Director of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir at the University of Chicago from 2001-2005 and has appeared as a guest conductor of the niversity of Notre Dame Glee Club. Besides his performances with Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Anderson sang baritone with the Chicago Symphony Chorus for three concert seasons, under the batons of Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, and others in venues from Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago to Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Anderson received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago in 2008 and is author of the book St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Awards include the Noah Greenberg Award (American Musicological Society), the Deems Taylor Award (American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers), the Alvin H. Johnson American Musicological Society 50 Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the Provost's Multidisciplinary Award (University of Rochester), the Whiting Foundation Fellowship (University of Chicago), the Grace Frank Grant (Medieval Academy of America), and several travel and research grants. Anderson has presented work at numerous conferences and has published articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music History, Early Music, Plainsong and Medieval Music, and Studi musicali. Since 2010, he has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the American Choral Review,
the semiannual journal of the organization Chorus America. He is also
on the Editorial Board for two textbooks published by W.W. Norton (The History of Western Music, 9th edition [ed. Burkholder] and Concise History of Western Music, 5th edition [ed. Hanning]).
About the Staff
Julie P. Brubaker has served as the Executive Director and Board Member of Schola Antiqua since its inception in 2001. Ms. Brubaker has an impressive background in Non-Profit Leadership, currently serving as the Director of Information Technology at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. She formerly worked as a non-profit management consultant at Deloitte & Touche as well as the Director of Information Technology at The Field Museum in Chicago. Ms. Brubaker was also the head of Brubaker Consulting, an executive technology and strategy consulting firm, serving the technology needs of Non-Profits, Museums, and Universities. Her list of clients includes Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Field Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, and Seabreeze Park.
Schola Antiqua's manager Matthew Dean, tenor, is an early and world music specialist, noted for his “reverent and beautiful tone” and soli that “[ring] through with clarity and soul” (chicagoclassicalmusic.org). As Artist in Residence at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel, he has performed arias in the Bach St. John and Matthew Passions, B Minor Mass, and Christmas Oratorio, for which he earned praise as Evangelist, and has ranged from Handel’s Messiah to the works of Max Janowski and Sven-David Sanström. As a founding member of Golosa Russian Choir, Dean has toured from Siberia to Ravinia and many points between.
Dean performs with Bella Voce, The Oriana Singers, Baroque Band, Cantate, and King Solomon’s Singers. He draws on his academic background in medieval Spanish art with Schola Antiqua and The Newberry Consort, with whom he was a featured artist at the Boston Early Music Festival in a cantigas program praised by The New York Times. His voice is highlighted on recordings on the Discantus, Sony, and Permelia Records labels, including a 2013 disc of the rediscovered works of William Carey Wright. A nonprofit development leader, Dean heads the Sounds of Faith initiative for Harran Productions Foundation and co-founded The Rookery men’s choir.