Schola Cantorum Reykjavík was founded in 1996 by the conductor Hörður Áskelsson, cantor at Hallgrímskirkja. The choir’s repertoire is wide, ranging from renaissance to contemporary music. The choir gives regular concerts in Iceland and has given concerts in Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and France.
Schola cantorum has participated in recordings of works by the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (1899-1968) with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, as well as having recorded and performed with artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós and Swedish experimental band Wildbirds & Peacedrums.
Schola Cantorum was appointed Official Music Group of the City of Reykjavík for the year 2006 and nominated for the Nordic Music Prize in 2007. In August 2013 the choir gave an impressive concert with the works of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. This outstanding performance resulted in the nomination of Schola Cantorum for the Icelandic Music Awards 2013. The choir looks forward to many aspiring projects in the year 2014, along with the popular lunchtime summer concerts which the choir has given every summer since 2009 in Hallgrímskirkja.