Schola Antiqua is a Chicago-based professional early music collective, which prepares and performs insightful programs of pre-modern music. A group that executes ancient repertories with “sensitivity and style” (Early Music America), Schola Antiqua takes pride in providing the highest standards of performance, balanced by research on historical musics and underserved repertories from before the year 1600. Founded in 2000, the organization has received invitations to perform from museums, libraries, festivals, universities, and other institutions across the country. The ensemble is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute and formerly a resident artist at the University of Chicago.
In 2012, Schola Antiqua received the 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) and Margot Fassler's Music in the Medieval West (W.W. Norton, 2013). It has further provided live and recorded music in connection with major art exhibitions at the Met Cloisters, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Newberry Library, and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York.
Schola Antiqua has released four commercial CDs on the Naxos of America and Discantus labels. Much of the music on these recordings has not seen a modern recording. The group's music has aired on the national broadcasts of With Heart and Voice, Harmonia, and Millennium of Music, and has been widely reviewed.
the artistic director
Michael Alan Anderson was named Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua in 2008 and is a founding member of the ensemble. He currently serves on the musicology faculty of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where he specializes in music and devotion in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Anderson is author of the book St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and received the PhD from the University of Chicago in 2008. He is a two-time winner of the Deems Taylor Award (American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for outstanding writing about music, and his achievements with Schola Antiqua earned him Chorus America’s 2016 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. Other awards include the Noah Greenberg Award (American Musicological Society), the Alvin H. Johnson American Musicological Society 50 Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the Grace Frank Grant (Medieval Academy of America), a Bridging Fellowship (University of Rochester), the Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award (University of Rochester), the Humanities Project award (University of Rochester), the Whiting Foundation Fellowship (University of Chicago), and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.