Schola Cantorum (Paris)

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Schola Cantorum

The Schola Cantorum is a private music college opened in Paris in 1896 . The French composer Vincent d'Indy played a key role in its founding .


In the second half of the 19th century, the curricula of the Conservatoire de Paris increasingly focused on opera, so that “singer” became increasingly synonymous with “opera singer” and “composer” increasingly synonymous with “opera composer”. French composers who mainly focused on instrumental music, such as d'Indy's teacher César Franck , found it difficult to find acceptance in the Parisian musical scene.

The school was founded in 1894 by Charles Bordes , Alexandre Guilmant and Vincent d'Indy as an alternative to the Conservatoire de Paris and opened on October 15, 1896. Initially, Alexandre Guilmant, organist at the Conservatoire, took over the direction. In 1900 he was replaced by d'Indy, who remained its director until his death in 1931.

The facility was named after the choir of the same name at the medieval papal court. The Schola sparked a renewed interest in Gregorian chant and the music of the 16th and 17th centuries in France .

The building was initially in the Montparnasse quarter and since 1900 in a converted convent building in the Latin quarter . Michel Denis is currently (as of January 2020) director.


Graduates include Seth Bingham , Joseph Canteloube , Jean Daetwyler , Marin Goleminow , Paul Le Flem , Stefan Kagl , Joaquin Nin , Joaquín Nin-Culmell , Adrien Rougier , Albert Roussel , Erik Satie , Déodat de Séverac , Alexander Steinert , Guillermo Uribe Holguín , Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Edgar Varèse .

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