The Schola Cantorum operates as a miniature music conservatoire at St. Finian’s College, Mullingar. Its purpose is to provide a specialised music education for girls and boys in parallel with their normal secondary school studies.
Following annual auditions in February of each year, scholarships funded by the Irish Catholic Hierarchy are awarded to talented young musicians to study in Mullingar. These are valuable scholarships which entitle the recipients to five years free music tuition at the Schola.
The award also entitles some girls and boys from further afield to accommodation grants so that they can reside with host families (Monday – Friday) beside the College.
While studying at The Schola Cantorum there is a strong emphasis on Church music. We have been providing a training ground for young organists and choral directors from all over the country since the establishment of this specialist school by the Irish Hierarchy in 1970. Our students take advanced studies in piano, organ, conducting and choral training, complimented with appropriate Associated Board Theory programmes. Students may also take an additional instrument or take individual singing tuition. All these supplementary music classes coincide with a normal secondary education in St Finian’s. Students are encouraged to participate in various choirs, instrumental and string ensembles within the school.
A new Schola Transition year programme has been successfully introduced since September 2012. Scholarship students have an opportunity over the course of one academic year to develop their interest in many other aspects of music, while continuing to study the core Leaving Certificate subjects.
Click above to view Peter Regan playing Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor
during the Schola Cantorum 40th Anniversary Concert
as broadcast by RTÉ on 02 January 2011.