St Mary Schola Testimonial
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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 2015-2016 season!

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Advent Concerts: Today's Light

Dec.  8, 2015, 7:30 PM, First Parish Church, Brunswick, Purchase Tickets Here!
Dec. 11, 2015 7:30 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, Purchase Tickets Here!
Dec. 13, 2015 4:00 PM, Episcopal Church of St Mary, Falmouth, Purchase Tickets Here!

The program will open with the donkey's riotous processional form the Feast of Fool's, ecstatic chants from medieval Spain, luminous choral works from the high Renaissance by William Byrd and Monteverdi and invigorating pieces from the Baroque era, including Bach arias and Charpentier's Magnificat, complete with period instruments, lute, organ, and recorder.

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Lenten Concerts: Dixit

March  8, 2016, 7:30 PM, Cathedral Immaculate Conception, Portland, Purchase Tickets Here!
March 11, 2016, 7:30 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, Purchase Tickets Here!
March 13, 2016, 4:00 PM, Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, Purchase Tickets Here!

A rare performance of Handel's early masterpiece, Dixit Dominus, one of his most thrilling works, full of pulsating rhythms and remarkable range of expression, varying from intense choruses to heart rending arias. Complete with period instruments. The first half of the program will be dedicated to masterworks of the a cappella tradition.

Spring Concerts: Ode to Music

May   1, 2016, 3:00 PM, Nordica Auditorium, University of Maine, Farmington, Purchase Tickets Here! 
May   8, 2016, 4:00 PM, Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, Purchase Tickets Here!
May 10, 2016, 7:30 PM, First Parish Church, Brunswick, Purchase Tickets Here!
May 13, 2016, 7:30 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, Purchase Tickets Here!

The annual spring Schola concert will be dedicated to the praise of music's power to touch our hearts, with excerpts from The Ode to Music by Henry Purcell and G. F. Handel.

Updated: 11/23/2015