Collegium Musicum

Columbia University's esteemed Collegium Musicum is a classical music a cappella choir that specializes in sacred and secular vocal music from the medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary repertoires. Collegium Musicum incorporates vocal and instrumental performance practice techniques, improvisation, and gesture in bold, imaginative concerts inspired by historical performance practice. The Collegium Musicum is one of Columbia University's leading choral ensembles and has been a part of University life since the mid-1950s. The group is connected to Columbia's core curriculum, traditionally singing Josquin's Ave Maria...virgo serena for Music Humanities classes. Although in the past the Collegium has devoted itself to the performance of music of the middle ages and Renaissance -- that by composers like Machaut, Josquin, Palestrina, Ockeghem, Tallis, and Monteverdi -- in recent years the Collegium has broadened its repertoire to embrace works of all historical epochs, including 20th-century and contemporary music.

The 2019-2020 director of Collegium Musicum is PhD student Russell O'Rourke.

Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7:30-9:30 pm.

Auditions for the 2019-2020 school year are in 620 Dodge Hall, Wednesday, September 4th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm and Thursday, September 5th from 7pm - 9pm. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short solo (an excerpt from a larger work is fine). The audition will also include a bit of sight-reading from a choral work.

To reserve a 15-minute slot, sign up on the Collegium Musicum audition sheet posted outside the Music Performance Program office on the sixth floor of Dodge Hall. If you can't make it to Dodge, you can also write to Russell at rjo2114 [at]

 to sign up. Please do also contact Russell if you have any questions.

Collegium Musicum is open to all members of the Columbia community. It is listed in the course directory under the number UN1511 and can be taken as a 1-credit course by undergraduates. However, participants are not required to enroll to join.

For information about participating in Collegium Musicum, please contact Russell O'Rourke, rjo2114 [at]

Palestrina: Jesu Rex Admirabilis

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