Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire

a choir of early music

Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire is a 12-voice choir in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley area dedicated to the a cappella vocal music of the medieval, renaissance, and baroque.


Past Programs

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La Guerre: The Sound of Battles

Conflict is an old tune for humankind. Many a battle was fought through our history, shaping the fate of individuals, countries, and cultures. In "La guerre: The Sound of Battle", Schola Cantorum explores the fascination in war through works by composers and poets of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Superbi colli-Cosi se ben/Conversi | La guerre/Janequin | Je ne puis vivre/Busnoys | L'Ardito/Gastoldi | Alla guerra/Trombocino | L'homme armé/Anon. | Parce mihi Domine, Missa L'homme armé/Morales

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Rosa das Rosas: Music for Virgin Mary

The rose — an icon of the Virgin Mother in the Catholic church, yet also a universal symbol of love and beauty. This program examines the various ways such imagery is used in medieval and renaissance poetry.

Selections from Cantigas de Santa Maria | Vergine bella/Rore | Vergine saggia, Quand'io miro le rose, Qual momorio soave/Marenzio | Vergine pura, Vergine chiara/Palestrina | Ave Maris Stella/chant | Salve Regina, Ave virgo sanctissima/F. Guerrero

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Fire & Ice

This program explores the two contrasting imageries in sacred texts and secular poetry from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Lauda Jerusalem à 5, Se per avervi ohimè/Monteverdi | Tentavit Deus/Galli | Se'l chiar'almo splendore/Arcadelt | Poi ch'io non poss'Amore/Ferrabosco | La nuict froide et sombre/Lassus | Mignonne allons voir si la Rose/Costeley | Donna leggiadra e bella/G. Gabrieli | O dolce nocte/Verdelot | Fyre Fyre, April is in my mistress' face/Morley | Thule the period of cosmography, To shorten winter's sadness/Weelkes



Have fun! This concert features collection of music about drinking, gaming, and other pursuits of pleasure from England, Italy, France and Spain.

Ave color vini clari/Ponce | Trut avant il faut boire/Richafort | Changeons propos/Gombert | Adieu, ce bon vin/Dufay | Cingari simo, Madonna mia famme, Madonna io non lo so, Sepre mi ride/Willaert | Vicin, vicin, vicin/Anon. | Chi la gagliarda/Nola | Quando sarà mai quel zonorno/Bell'haver | Tutte le vecchie son maleciose/Di Maio | Non fu Venere/Agostini | Come, sirrah Jack, ho/Weelkes | Come let us drink, Once Twice Thrice, Down with Bacchus/Purcell | O yes has any found a lad?, Weep no more thou sorry boy/Tomkins | Oy commamos y bebamos/Encina


Dona Nobis Pacem

Music that were written during tumultuous time in Britain and Germany during the 17th century.

Agnus Dei à 4, Agnus Dei à 5, Defecit in dolore, Ad Dominum cum tribularer/Byrd | In manus tuas/Tallis | Aus der Tiefe, Verleih uns Frieden-Gib unsern Fürsten/Schütz | Ad Dominum cum tribularer/Haßler | Zion spricht der Herr hat mich verlassen/Schein


Out of Love for the Truth: Martin Luther and Music of the Reformation

The title of the program “Out of Love for the Truth” is a translation of the first few words (“Aus Liebe zur Wahrheit”) in the Ninety-Five Theses, which Martin Luther penned and published 500 years ago in 1517. The document pointed out the problems in the contemporary practice of selling indulgence, letters that could be purchased from the Catholic Church to essentially pre-approve sins. It sparked fierce debates, eventually leading to the Reformation and Protestant denominations.

Veni Redemptor Gentium, Veni Creator Spiritus/chant | Veni Redemptor Gentium, Nun /Praetorius | Veni Redemptor Gentium/Zaphelius | Komm Gott Schöpfer (Walter, Eccard) | Nacket bin ich von Mutterleibe kommen, Deutches Magnificat/Schuẗz | Magnificat/Haßler | Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (Praetorius, Resinarius, Schein, Schütz, Bach, Scheidt) | O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf/Brahms

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Background image: Initial from an Italian Antiphonal, ca.1500.