The choir Santa Maria Maggiore, was born in October 1978 on the wave of the sixty-eight musical current at the time of fashion within the liturgical sphere. Established thanks to the impetus of the young priest, Don Pinuccio Lattuchella, it played an important role in musical promotion and evangelization in the local area.
Over the years, the group underwent numerous mutations, until the 80s, during which the choir was composed of about sixty elements, between 15 and 50 years of age. Continuing its evolution, the choir Santa Maria Maggiore, changed its constitution, establishing itself as "schola cantorum", led and directed by maestro Enzo Palumbo, flanked by pianist Alfredo Miglionico.
Reaching the 2000s, the now conscious musical reality of Pignolese, has undergone an internal mutation, reconstituting itself with a purely liturgical mold, following the address given by the then priest Don Rocco Piro and the master Giuseppe Montagna. This period saw its partial conclusion in 2013, to start the current constitution as a polyphonic choir, defined by the young organist Rocco Alessio Corleto.
From 2013 to today, in addition to a clear expansion of the repertoire, the choir has broadened its horizons, aiming at a more intrinsic musical dissemination on the territory, making the most of the forces offered by its native soil. Currently the choir is responsible for animating all the liturgical celebrations within the parish of Pignola, and collaborates with the other Lucanian dioceses for the enhancement and promotion of liturgical music, on the idea of the Second Vatican Council.
In 2014, he officially started the concert path on the national territory, reaching different destinations where he was able to tell the liturgical musical history with artistic excursus and diversified musical programs.
July 2014: Celebration in the Basilica of San Giovanni Rotondo, on the occasion of the anniversary of the beatification of St. Pio.
October 2014: Participation in the Pilgrimage Conference "Singing the Faith" in Rome
December 2014: Concert of sacred music, as part of the music festival "Note d'autore" promoted by the Pro Loco Circolo Culturale "Il Portale"
March 2015: Opening of the concert of the choir of the Diocese of Potenza, the final event of the diocesan musical liturgical formation course
June 2015: Solemn celebration in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, for the 50th Anniversary of the coronation of the effigy of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Pignola
April 2016: Concert for the spring solstice, UNPLI headquarters in Basilicata
October 2016: Participation in the "Jubilee of Chorales", held in Rome
On the wave of music, the choir promoted the first music festival "Un Soffio di Musica" and also began to undertake cultural exchanges with choral and musical groups from other nations of Europe. In particular, the following appointments should be remembered:
16 September 2017: 1st appointment of the review "Un soffio di musica"; guests the organist Roberta Lovallo, the flutist Rocco Russillo
7 December 2017: Memoria di donna, 2nd appointment of the "Un soffio di musica" festival; guests the musical group Liuoksinis of the Siauliai Gymnasium High School of Lithuania.
17 February 2018: Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo, concert held in the Cathedral Church of San Gerardo Vescovo in Potenza; guests the choir of the University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and the choir of the diocese of Acerenza.
27 May 2018: Regina coeli, Jubila, concert for the Feast of the Holy Trinity; guests the polyphonic choir "Mons. Perosi" of Pietragalla
From April to July 2019: Canticourm, itinerant festival of sacred music in the Mediterranean.
Currently, the choir is constantly engaged in all the solemn celebrations of the parish, and is in the process of starting a project with the comprehensive institute "G. Pascoli" of Pignola, to spread the culture of polyphonic music also among young people. He is in constant relationship with the regional polyphonic choirs and with some of them, he holds concerts and events of musical promotion, in the field of liturgical music and sacred music.