from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval music, either the choir or chapel of a cathedral or monastery, or a choir-school attached to such an establishment; specifically, the Papal Choir at Rome.
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- n. a school that is part of a cathedral or monastery where boys with singing ability can receive a general education
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The poor people of the hospital went first with a painted wooden cross; the seven stationary crosses, with three candles each and a retinue, followed, and then the bishops, priests, and subdeacons; finally came the pope surrounded by his deacons, with two crosses borne before him and the schola cantorum or choir following behind him.
Presbyter Mercurius is found on a fragment of an ancient ciborium, and several of the marble slabs which enclose the schola cantorum bear upon them, in the style of the sixth century, the monogram of Johannes.