University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum
and the Theatre of Early Music
Daniel Taylor, Director
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The University of Toronto recently appointed Daniel Taylor to the position of Head of Early Music in their Faculty of Music. Daniel’s responsibilities include directing the Schola Cantorum Choir and Orchestra, which aims to present the brilliant early choral and instrumental repertoire from across the centuries to a new audience.
Founded in 2012, the group’s interpretations strive to recreate the original performances of musical works – interpretations led by the energy and insights of the gifted students themselves – in the belief that historical performance ideals and knowledge of the old world are essential for creating music anew.
The Schola Cantorum includes students from all levels of study (Bachelor in Music, Master in Music and Doctoral Candidates), with students representing many voice studios in the Faculty. Canada has many university choral ensembles, but Schola Cantorum is the only large scale group using period instruments and historically informed performance practices to reveal the beauty of Baroque and early repertoire.
The Theatre of Early Music (TEM), founded by Artistic Director and Conductor Daniel Taylor, are sought-after interpreters of magnificent yet neglected choral repertoire from four centuries. Their appearances include stunning a cappella programs, with practices and aesthetics of former ages informing thought-provoking, passionate and committed reconstructions of music for historical events and major works from the oratorio tradition.
Through their concert performances and recordings, the 10-18 solo singers offer a purity and clarity in their sound, which has resulted in invitations from an ever-widening circle of the world’s leading stages.
With Daniel Taylor, the Choir and Orchestra of the TEM are new visitors to the most renowned concert halls and festivals and are building an exciting discography in partnership with Sony Classical Masterworks.