The Escolania of the Archdiocese of San Cristóbal de La Habana is a project that brings together children and adolescents from the various faith communities of the Havana diocesan space, as well as others who, under a sociocultural premise, make up the vital community surrounding the Cathedral of Havana, in order to assume with excellence the interpretation of music in the liturgical practices of the diocese and other musical activities related to the Catholic Church. It is one of the actions managed by the Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center in response to the pastoral concern of fostering a spiritually and musically prepared Christian people, capable of serving in their faith practices with the greatest possible tools.
The progressive formation of these small musicians emerged from the Christian people and constituted in a new diocesan choir is one of the conciliar premises. As explained in the resolutions of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, it is an ordinance of the contemporary Catholic Church that the active participation of the faithful is facilitated through the institution called Scholae Cantorum. In this regard, article 114 of Sacred Music of said Council states: “The treasure of sacred music be preserved and cultivated with great care. Diligently promote the Scholae cantorum, especially in cathedral churches ”.
Founded and directed by the experienced choral teacher Mailán Avila, the Escolanía is ready to assume the most important festivities of the liturgical calendar in the diocese such as: Christmas, Holy Week, the Feast of San Cristóbal de La Habana, and related festivities. with the Virgin and the Saints.
Directed by: Mailán Ávila.
The Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center of the Archdiocese of Havana summons those interested in integrating the Escolania of the Archdiocese of San Cristóbal de La Habana. This choir is made up of children and adolescents, belonging to the faith communities of the diocese. Based in the SMI Cathedral of Havana, the Escolanía intends to serve in the liturgical offices and religious festivities of this and the other churches of the archdiocesan space. Its conformation responds to the need to be able to count on a group, which, even made up of small singers, participates with spiritual and musical expertise in diocesan sacred musical celebrations.