St Mary Schola Testimonial

St Mary Schola
Karen Lewis,

The Saint 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 2016-2017 season!


Lenten Concert: "As Pants the Hart" 

This concert features some sublime music for the Lenten season. Bach’s poignant aria from Cantata 42 has ecstatic music for mezzo soprano, oboe, violin and strings as well as a rousing sinfonia for the instrumental ensemble.

There are two major master works by Lassus and Gesualdo with extraordinarily chromatic harmonies that are rarely performed.

Another Bach aria for bass, oboe and strings ushers us into the passion week.

The final works from the first half include a mysterious medieval setting of ‘Ave Regina Caelorum’ by Guillaume Dufay and an absolutely radiant five part setting of the famous ‘Ave Maria’ text by Palestrina.

The second half presents Handel’s Chandos Anthem number six, called ‘As pants the hart,’ based on the text from psalm 42. It begins with a vigorous sinfonia for oboe and strings and continues with a six part setting of the opening lines, with contrapuntal majesty equal to Bach’s great choral writing.

Handel’s genius for writing for the human voice includes some heartfelt arias and duets for soprano and tenor an a final vigorous fugue for the whole ensemble.

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Spring Concert: "A Musical Banquet"

The St Mary Schola's spring concert features joyous music that will make you want to pick up your fee and dance! The golden age of Elizabethan madrigals is celebrated with lively spring songs by Thomas Morley and John Dowland. Songs by the early baroque master, Henry Purcell and enticing French ‘airs de cour’ are also included, as well as a toe tapping ‘ballo’ by Monteverdi.

The second half of the concert will feature excerpts from Christoph Willibald Glück’s masterpiece, ‘Orfeo and Euridice.’ The stormy underworld scene is filled with great drama and, of course, the famous aria, ‘che farò senz’ Euridice.’ This music is rarely performed, so this is a unique opportunity to hear the enchanting music with some of northern New England’s best singers and instrumentalists.

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Updated: 3/3/2017