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Term

SCHOLA CANTORUM

Definition

A place for teaching nd training in ecclesiastical chant, or a body of singers assembled for the purpose of rendering the music in church. Pope St. Hilary (461-68) probably inaugurated the first schola cantorum, but it was Pope St. Gregory the Great who established the school on a permanent basis. From Rome the institution spread to other parts of the Church.

See Also: PAPAL CHOIR