In the autumn of 2012, the Monastery founded the choral group Schola Laudis. The goal of the Schola is two-fold: to enrich the liturgical life of the Monastery and the Archdiocese of Chicago by the incorporation of the masterworks of the Renaissance composers, and more generally, to help introduce more people to the beauty of the Catholic liturgical tradition.
The glorious music of Palestrina, William Byrd, Victoria and Josquin is rarely performed outside of the concert hall today. The Schola always performs their sacred music in its intended liturgical setting, making it participatory prayer for all who attend. There is no admission fee for the liturgy.
As seems fitting, the Schola will begin and end this season with celebrations of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, the Patronal and Foundation feast day of the monastery, founded in 1988. The first celebration will be made up of pieces appearing on our debut CD, and the second will present a completely different program, a lovely testimony to the breadth of the Church’s storehouse of sacred music. This season has also seen the release of our third CD, Mass for Pentecost, which follows on our previous release, Mass for Ascension. Both feature Mass settings composed by Prior Peter. More information on ordering these CD’s may be found below.
Kevin Allen, conductor of Schola Laudis, is a well known composer of sacred music fusing the polyphonic style of the Renaissance with the harmonic richness of the modern. His works have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, and he is a sought-after presenter on sacred music.
Prior Peter, music director, has composed four settings of the Mass, used at the Monastery of the Holy Cross and elsewhere in the U.S. He is a regular teacher of Gregorian chant for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
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