The Schola Choir of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Ontario under the direction of Maestro Uwe Liefländer recently performed a program of choral music for the Christmas season at a concert at St. Hedwig Church.
Reflecting on the unfathomable mysteries of the Lord’s Incarnation, birth and triumph, the choir of nearly thirty voices performed complex works by Handel, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and other masters, as well as a few traditional carols, according to a release from OLSWA. You can watch and listen to them perform a beautiful rendition of “Ave Maria” below:
OLSWA president, Dr. Keith Cassidy, congratulated the students saying: “TheMusical Meditations for the Holy Season was an absolute delight. The level of the performance would not have been out of place in a professional setting. There was so much talent that it would be unfair to single out any individuals – but clearly national and international careers lie ahead for some. Maestro Liefländer put together an inspired program, and drew out the best efforts of a very talented group. We are very proud of the strong musical tradition at OLSWA.”
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy offers one-, two-, and three-year post-secondary programs in the classical liberal arts, within the light of the teaching of the Catholic Church. Music is an integral part of the liberal arts program. All students at OLSWA take Chorus in their first year, where they learn about the riches of the Church’s musical tradition, and personally experience the beauty of choral singing for the weekly Academy Mass. Students also have the opportunity to take a variety of voice, instrument, and music pedagogy classes taught by Maestro Liefländer, including the Ecclesiastical Schola class which performed at the concert.
Liefländer received his credentials from the famous Regensburg Academy for Church Music in Germany, and for the last several years, he has taught at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. He is the founding director/conductor of Canada’s Sacred Music Society. At Toronto’s World Youth Day in 2002, Maestro conducted the 500-member World Youth Day Choir for the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II.
You can watch more of the performance by clicking here.
Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.