About Schola

For more than 28 years the Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe has shared the sounds of sacred music masterpieces in the chapels, missions, cathedrals and basilicas New Mexico and Colorado locally, and Italy and Ireland internationally. Schola is known locally as “Santa Fe’s Sacred Music Ensemble” and "Santa Fe's favorite ensemble."

Dr. Billy Turney founded Schola in 1990 during his 25-year tenure as principal organist and Director of Music of the Cathedral Basilica 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 shaped his sacred music career. Turney studied Gregorian chant and polyphonic music of the Renaissance at the Vatican at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, and has the unique perspective of presenting this special sacred music in its’ intended context and environment.
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The singers of Schola:

Christina Blakeslee - alto/soprano

Eric Brunn - baritone

ej DuBoise - alto

Austin Fisher - tenor

Emily Graves - alto

Hannah Lyles - alto/soprano

Jackie Mattos - alto

Megan McGuiness - soprano

Denise Moore - soprano

Susan Roller Whittington - alto

Cindi Stetson - alto/soprano

John Stetson - baritone

Lucinda Sydow - alto/soprano

Tillmann Weißer - tenor


Maestro Billy Turney - baritone