11th Annual Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols

The Schola Pacis, Nashville’s unique male a cappella vocal group, will present its eleventh annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at Christ the King Church.  Special guests on the program include harpist Mary Alice Hoepfinger, organist Hildegard Cox, and community lectors.  Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service of nine short readings and carols, tells the story of the fall of man, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. It’s a truly beautiful and memorable way to meditate upon the Advent and Christmas season. Carols performed by the Schola Pacis this year will include “Still, Still, Still,” “The Three Kings,” and “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” Congregational hymns will include “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”

Christ the King Church (615-292-2884) is located at 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.  Safe and convenient parking is found both in front of and in back of the church. The church will open approximately 30 minutes before the performance is scheduled to begin.

Hailed by The Tennessean as “dynamic, joyful, and triumphant,” the Schola Pacis, now in its thirteenth year, is Nashville’s premiere male a cappella group and includes Nelson Berry, Gregg Colson, Dave Lybarger, Rick Seay, Chris Simonsen, and Matt Smyth.  The group specializes in a liturgical repertoire ranging in style from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony to modern masterpieces.  The Schola Pacis members sing all vocal parts from low bass to high soprano and perform regularly in local churches and venues throughout the city.  In November and December of 2014, the Schola Pacis is featured on the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ audio guide for its current exhibition, “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy.”

Schola to sing at First Presbyterian’s Christmas Concert

Schola Sings at First Pres 12/14/14 at 4pm

Schola Sings at First Pres  on 12/14/14 at 4pm

The Schola Pacis will appear at the Christmas concert at First Presbyterian Church this Christmas season. The concert, entitled Glory to God in the Highest, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, on on December 14, 2014 at 4 p.m.  Schola members Chris Simonsen and Matt Smyth regularly sing with the First Pres choir under the direction of Raphael Bundage.

Schola Records for the Frist Center

O-PetreEarlier this year, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts contacted the Schola Pacis and asked the group to record one of the illuminated manuscript chants being displayed in an upcoming exhibition. The chant commemorates the martyrdom of St. Peter (June 29th) and appears in the new exhibition at the Frist entitled “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Ranissance Italy.” The exhibition opens on October 31, 2014 and runs through January 25, 2015. The group’s recording can be heard on the exhibition’s audio guide. It will also play periodically in the gallery, providing ambient background for the exhibition.

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On August 9th, the Schola recorded part of the chant in Studio A at Ocean Way Studios on Music Row. The Schola (from left: Chris Simonsen, Gregg Colson, Matt Smyth, Nelson Berry, Riley Bryant, and Rick Seay) enjoyed bringing to life this 13th century text for the exhibition’s curator, Trinita Kennedy, who sat with the engineer during the recording.

Sanctity Pictured

The Schola will perform the chant at the Frist’s Member Preview Party on October 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. The group will also perform a number of chants live in the gallery during the Frist’s Family Day. The displayed chant and a number of other chants can be heard at 1:45pm and 3pm in the gallery while viewing the exhibition on November 16, 2014.

Lessons and Carols on 12/22/13

The Schola Pacis, Nashville’s unique male a cappella vocal group, will present a special tenth-anniversary Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, at Christ the King Church. Special guests on the program include harpist Mary Alice Hoepfinger, organist Hildegard Cox, and community lectors. As always, admission to this special holiday concert is free and open to the public.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service of nine short readings and carols, tells the story of the fall of humankind, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. It’s a truly beautiful and memorable way to meditate upon the Advent and Christmas seasons. Carols performed by the Schola Pacis this year will include “Still, Still, Still,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and “The Huron Carol.” Various carols will be sung in English, German, Latin, and Spanish. Congregational hymns will include and “Once in Royal David’s City” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Christ the King Church (615-292-2884) is located at 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 (click here for a map). Safe and convenient parking is found both in front of and in back of the church. The church will open approximately 30 minutes before the performance is scheduled to begin.

Hailed by The Tennessean as “dynamic, joyful, and triumphant,” the Schola Pacis, now in its twelfth year, is Nashville’s premiere male a cappella group and includes Nelson Berry, Gregg Colson, Dave Lybarger, Rick Seay, Matthew Smyth, and Chris Simonsen. The group specializes in a liturgical repertoire ranging in style from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony to modern masterpieces. The Schola Pacis members sing all vocal parts from low bass to high soprano and perform regularly in local churches and venues throughout the city. For ten years, the Schola Pacis has presented its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols as a holiday gift to the Nashville community.