The Musa Horti Chamber Choir was founded in 1989 by Marc and Peter Dejans. Today, it is a well-regarded, well-established choir and it performs regularly in Flanders, Belgium and abroad. Park Abbey, in Heverlee (Leuven), is both the home and the namesake of the choir – Musa Horti meaning ‘Muse of the Park’ in Latin. From the start, the choir has been conducted by Peter Dejans and is made up of some thirty singers.
The ensemble’s mission is to break new musical ground and to actively look for rarely performed, high-quality music, with a preference for a cappella literature. With this view, Musa Horti further strengthens its pro le in Flanders as a rst-rate choir performing new, never-before-heard choral music. The ensemble commissions Flemish composers reg- ularly, which has resulted in the recording of four CDs with music by Kurt Bikkembergs, Rudi Tas, Vic Nees and Sebastiaan Van Steenberge.
Recently, the choir collaborated with the renowned composers Sven-David Sandström from Sweden (2010) and David Gorton from the UK (2012). In December 2013, Musa Horti recorded the soundtrack for the movie Atlantic, which was composed by Flemish com- poser Piet Swerts. Through constant renewal of its concert repertoire, new compositions and frequent collaborations with composers, soloists and other ensembles, the choir endeavors to reach an ever-broadening audience.