For more than 25 years the Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe has shared the sounds of sacred music masterpieces in the chapels, missions, cathedrals and basilicas of New Mexico and Colorado, and is known locally as “Santa Fe’s Sacred Music Ensemble” and "Santa Fe's favorite ensemble."

SCHOLA completed a ten-day performance tour of Italy in early 2013, presenting sacred music concerts and sharing its’ music ministry at the Benedictine Monasteries of Subiaco and Monte Casino, the Basilicas of Saint Anthony in Padua, Saint Mark in Venice, Holy Trinity in Florence and Saint Ignatius in Rome, and the Papal Basilicas of Saint Francis in Assisi, Saint Mary Major in Rome and Saint Peter in the Vatican. The tour culminated with Schola joining the Sistine Chapel Choir for the singing of a Papal Mass on the Feast of the Ephipany in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Schola’s maestro also had the distinct honor of playing the pipe organ for liturgies in the Basilicas of Saint Anthony in Padua, Saint Francis in Assisi and Saint Peter’s at the Vatican.

SCHOLA is heading to Ireland in celebration of its’ 25th anniversary! Performances in Dublin, Armagh and Galway are on the performance tour. Schola will have a workshop in Dublin with Michael McGlynn, composer of music for Riverdance and director of Ireland’s National Choir, Anúna.

The Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe was founded in 1990 by Dr. Billy Turney during his 25-year tenure as principal organist and Director of Music of Cathedral of Saint Francis in Santa Fe. Turney is a Santa Fe native and began his music studies with the Sisters of the Loretto Academy at a young age. He experienced the Sisters singing the chants of Vespers in the Loretto Chapel, an experience that helped shape his sacred music career. Turney studied Gregorian chant and polyphonic music of the Renaissance in Rome at the prestigious Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, and has the unique perspective of presenting this special sacred music in its’ intended context and environment. Read on article about Schola's maestro here.

The singers of SCHOLA

Eric Brunn

Pat Dolin

Kevin Graham

Trisha Lombardo

Jackie Mattos

Megan McGuiness

Catherine McLaughlin

Denise Moore

Warren Orr

Mackenzie Sawyer

Susan Smith

Lucinda Sydow

Susan Roller Whittington

Mestro Billy Turney



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Basilica of San Albino

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo, CO

Cathedral of Saint Mary, Colorado Springs, CO

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis

Fiesta de Santa Fe

Glorius St. Therese of the Little Flower Church

Loretto Chapel

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Museum of New Mexico

New Mexico Philharmonic

New Mexico History Museum

Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome, Italy

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM