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
Our Director is Nancy Durance. She has previously sung with the Camerata Nova in Winnipeg, Canada and directed church, adult, and school choirs in Canada, Vietnam, and England. She has received a MMUS in Vocal Performance and Conducting from University of Surrey, UK, a BA in Music Education (Voice) from University of Regina, Canada, and a Performance Diploma in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, Canada. In addition, she has composed choral and piano works and over 80 sacred pieces.
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.