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Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is a centre of expertise in the study of historical music performance, from the early Middle Ages right up to the 19th century.  Here, teaching neatly dovetails with research and performance practice.

Highest standards of musical training

The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is the best known and largest institute for the study of Early Music. With some 70 lecturers and around 200 students, it brings music spanning a millennium (9th to 19th century) back to life. It provides the highest standards of tuition in Early Music, whether in the major subject, compulsory practical subjects and in terms of theory. It also offers an excellent learning and research environment, first-rate infrastructures and an array of performance opportunities for its students. Thanks to the solid practical and academic grounding they receive, students of Early Music leave the Schola Cantorum with the skills and knowledge the need to forge a successful career in music.


Feb 15, 2018

New Professor for aural training: Ralph Bernardy

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Feb 16, 2018

New Lecturer for Historical Trombone beginning September 2018: Catherine Motuz

to New Lecturer for Historical Trombone beginning September 2018: Catherine Motuz

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The Institution

The SCB was founded in 1933 by Paul Sacher (1906-1999), together with Ina Lohr (1903-1983) and August Wenzinger (1905-1996), as a private institute for teaching and research (‘Lehr und Forschungsinstitut’) in the field of Early Music. In 2008 it became part of the group of professional institutions of higher learning known as University of Applied Sciences and Arts FHNW (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW). Together with the Institutes "Klassik" and Jazz, it now makes up the Academy of Music and is based in the beautiful, historic campus of the Musik-Akademie Basel on the edge of Basel Old Town.

International students and teaching staff

Thanks to its renowned lecturers and talented students who come from many different countries, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is a multilingual, multicultural learning environment. The passion and intense interest of this international community of scholars and practitioners ensures that Early Music, with its many facets, continues to be a vibrant and relevant discipline.

Latest events

Concerts and events in cooperation with the Musik-Akademie Basel.

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The Institute offers two Bachelor and four Master’s programmes, each with an extensive choice of major subjects.

Studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

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The Research Department of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis conducts basic research in Early Music. It also supports the teaching and the musical production of the FHNW Academy of Music, holds international academic symposia and conferences, and edits its own publication series.

Historical Performance Practice

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Prizes, Publications and Partner

Network and Partners

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Publications and Projects

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Student administration

Studierendenadministration Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Ansprechpartner für alle administrativen Belange. Telephone : 061 264 57 42 E-Mail :

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Musik Leonhardstrasse 6 4009 Basel
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