Atlanta Schola Cantorum is an auditioned mixed chorus of amateur and professional musicians who volunteer their time and talents. While most of Schola’s performances are a capella, some concerts include works accompanied by period instruments, organ, or piano.
Atlanta Schola Cantorum is open to new singers and conducts auditions periodically. Please send us an email.
Our music director
John Whitt holds a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, David Willcocks, Frauke Haasemann, James Litton, and Robert Porco. Whitt is organist and choirmaster at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta and a member of the Royal School of Church Music, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists.
News and Reviews
Religion of Music Redefines the Role of the Chorus at Piccolo Spoleto and Beyond (Leah Stacy, The Post and Courier [Charleston], 6/3/2012)
Early Music Celebrates Holiday Serenity – Atlanta Schola Cantorum and Play of Herod (John Lemley, WABE’s City Cafe, 12/9/2011)
Atlanta Schola Cantorum Brings Ancient Church Music to Life (Pierre Ruhe, AJC, 11/30/2009)
“Renaissance Rocks with Atlanta Schola Cantorum” (Pierre Ruhe, AJC, 5/7/2006)
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A long tradition
Founded in 1974 as part of Kelly’s Seed & Feed Theatre, Atlanta Schola Cantorum is the oldest independent chorus in Atlanta. Schola presented the first local performances (in the 1970s) of 12th-century mystic and composer Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum and provided the original casts for The Play of Herod.
Schola presents two sets of concerts a year (winter and spring) in the Atlanta area, with occasional concerts at other venues in the Southeast. Since the 1970s, the group has been invited regularly to perform in Charleston, S.C., for the annual Piccolo Spoleto choral festival and other occasions.