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Ensemble Scholastica

Founded in 2008 by musicologist Pascale Duhamel, Ensemble Scholastica is a female vocal ensemble based in Montréal, the only one that specializes in the performance of medieval plainchant and polyphony (circa 800-1300 A.D.). We study and sing from medieval manuscripts, but not only in the name of “authenticity”. We wish to share with listeners the true beauty and intricacy of medieval music, in particular medieval liturgical traditions, the very roots of Western music. Our audiences thus have the chance to experience the remarkable joy and complexity of medieval spirituality and culture. In recent years, Ensemble Scholastica has been involved with several projects, including collaborations with the baroque ensemble Les Idées Heureuses, with the goal of expanding its repertoire’s time frame. The music of New France will be a particular focus in the coming years: our ensemble is uniquely placed to explore this rarely performed repertoire. The ensemble is comprised of a selection of talented and dedicated vocalists, some of whom also play medieval instruments, from Montréal’s thriving early music community. We are currently directed by leading medieval music specialist Rebecca Bain.

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Ensemble Scholastica
January, 2017