St Mary Schola Testimonial

St Mary Schola
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The St Mary Schola, based at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Falmouth, Maine, is a professional early music ensemble devoted to the performance of master works from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras. Composed of northern New England's finest singers and accompanying instrumentalists, this ensemble has gained a reputation for excellence and elegant chamber music, especially in the a cappella tradition.

The Schola presents enthusiastic audiences with literature that is seldom heard, including motets from such masters as Dufay, Victoria, Josquin Des Prez and William Byrd. There is often a special attention given to the great predecessor to Bach: Heinrich Schütz. The goals of the Saint Mary Schola are to provide the finest early music literature to New England audiences and promote professional vocal ensemble singing at the highest level.



Concert Dates for the 2017-2018 season!

Christmas Concert
"Christmas Pastorale"

The St Mary Schola under the direction of Bruce Fithian will present Christmas Pastorale concerts at times at dates and times listed below.

The program will begin with English medieval carols, a motet by Josquin and rousing works by Praetorius celebrating the season.

Following a serene 'Sanctus' by Monteverdi, a Bach Cantata aria, and an eloquent Dufay motet, the concert will end with the enchanting 'Pastorale sur la Naissance de Jésus Christ' by Marc Antoine Charpentier, which brings to life the story fo the shepherds and angels with period insturments and recorders. Tickets will be available for purchase online or at the door. The Dec. 10 concert usually sells out quickly.

December 8, 2017, 7:30 pm, Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland

You may purchase tickets online, or at the door.

December 10, 2017, 4:00 pm, Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth

You may purchase tickets online, or at the door.

December 12, 2017, 7:30 pm, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

You may purchase tickets online, or at the door.


Lenten Concert
'Masterworks of Lent'

This Lenten program will feature some sublime music by Gesulado: his ‘Tenebarae factae sunt’ from Holy Week. These motets feature some of his most daring harmonies that powerfully depict the last hours of Christ’s life. The Gesualdo pieces will be coupled with later masterworks that are in the
‘a cappella’ tradition: a sublime motet by Josef Rheinberger and the famous ‘Beati Quorum Via’ by C. V. Stanford.

Two great Bach cantata arias from ‘Ich habe genug’ and ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ and a Handel aria from ‘Theodora’ will also be included.

The final work will be ‘Jona,’ an early oratorio by the Italian master Carissimi.
‘Jona’ brilliantly brings to life Jonah’s story, complete with period instruments, sea storms and sea monsters.

Tickets will be available for purchase online or at the door.

March 9, 2018, 7:30 pm, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

March 11, 2018, 4:00 pm, Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth

March 13, 2018, 7:30 pm, Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland

March 18, 2018, 4:00 pm, First Church of Christ, Congregational,
North Conway, NH as a part of the White Mountains Musical Arts


Spring Concert
'Love Conquers All'

The St Mary Schola under the direction of Bruce Fithian will present 'Love Conquers All.'

This joyous concert will celebrate spring with rollicking Troubadour songs, enchanting medieval 'virelais,' rarely performed works by Landini and glorious Elizabethan madrigals by Thomas Weelkes.

Excerpts from a French 'cantate' by Montéclair accompanied by violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord and two huge madrigals of 'Love and War' will be sure to rouse your spirits.

There will also be a dramatic work by Marc Antoine Charpentier: 'Amor vince ogni cosa.' Presented in the original Italian, this light-hearted 'pastoral' features lively ensembles and arias about the imaginary pastoral love lives from the Renaissance.

Tickets will be available for purchase online or at the door.

June 1, 2018, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

June 3, 2018, Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth

June 5, 2018, Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland


Updated: 9/27/2017