Schola Floriana (Austria)
The Choralschola of St. Florian Monastery
Schola Floriana is a vocal ensemble consisting of twelve men of different age and lays emphasis on the oldest vocal church music, the Gregorian chant. It was founded in 1999. The home of the Schola is the monasterial basilica of St. Florian in Upper Austria. The monasterial library of St. Florian holds the oldest Austrian musical manuscript (a neumed version of the “Lamentations of St. Jeremy” from the 11th century). A most interesting feature is the combination of choral chant with organ music (alternatimpraxis). Besides contributing to monasterial liturgy in St. Florian on a regular basis the Schola performs in numerous other monasteries and churches along with concert halls in their home country and abroad. Recent tours have led to Israel, Italy, Poland and Germany. In addition to the dedication to Gregorian chant they have an ample repertoire of polyphonic literature for male voice choir.