The St. Thomas Aquinas Vigil Schola Cantorum is an SATB Quartet of professional singers who sing the 4:00 p.m. Vigil mass on Saturdays.
The mainstay of the Schola repertoire is a cappella sacred music, especially Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony by such composers as Byrd, Tallis, Palestrina, Victoria, de Lasso, Sheppard, Taverner, Gibbons and Purcell. Schola masses celebrate the earliest traditions of choral singing in the Roman Catholic Church and strive to preserve the important heritage of chant in the liturgy.
Membership in the Schola is by invitation. For more information, please contact Michael Conrady, choirmaster.
The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy; therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” (SC. 116).
The Vatican II constitution on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium