About the Collegium Musicum

The Collegium Musicum is an ensemble of St. Olaf College students that performs music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras on historical instruments. Students in the ensemble learn to play and perform on instruments owned by the college – recorders, viols, sackbuts, lutes, cornetts, etc. Singers who perform with the group are drawn from the St. Olaf Chamber Singers/EMS. The Collegium collaborates with that vocal ensemble to present a concert of early music each semester and occasionally for other performances as well.

The Collegium presents its concerts in Urness Recital Hall on the St. Olaf College campus. Typically each concert has a thematic focus for the repertory each semester and it is reflected in the concert. Sometimes the repertory focuses on the music of a particular country or city (for example, “Music from Elizabethan England” or “French Music from the Early Sixteenth Century”), sometimes on the music of a particular composer (“Lassus and Music at the Bavarian Court,” “Music from the Time of Schütz”), sometimes on a more general theme (“A Musical Celebration of Spring” or “Music of Love and Lamentation”).

Membership in the Collegium Musicum is open to all students, both music majors and non-music majors. Students who are interested in performing in the ensemble should contact the director to arrange an audition and interview. If you are interested, but do yet not play an early historical instrument, you can learn in the ensemble. Students usually play the instrument most similar to their modern instrument.

Students who are considering coming to St. Olaf College and who are interested in early music performance are invited to contact the director via e-mail for more information or to answer any questions they may have about the early music ensembles.

Inventory of Early Instruments

Stringed Instruments and Bows:

  • Medieval tenor vielle (5-string, Bernard Lehman, 2000)
  • Vielle bow (H. Grabenstein, 2001)
  • Treble Viol (Buchsteiner)
  • Treble Viol (John Pringle, 1998, student model)
  • Treble Viol (Chinese, Wendy’s Viols, 2005)
  • Tenor Viol (Buchsteiner)
  • Tenor Viol (Joe Baker, 1997)
  • Tenor Viol (maker unknown)
  • Bass Viol (Paul Hart, 1979)
  • Bass Viol (Buchsteiner)
  • Bass Viol (7 string, Michael Plant)
  • Bass Viol (maker unknown)
  • Bow, treble (Mettal) #1
  • Bow, treble (Mettal) #2
  • Bow, tenor (L Seiffert)
  • Bow, tenor (Peretzal)
  • Bow, bass (Mettal)
  • Bow, bass (Springer)
  • Bows, treble, tenor, bass (maker unknown)
  • Baroque violin (Timothy Johnson, 2009)
  • Baroque violin (Lu-Mi, after Stradivarius, 2011)
  • 2 Baroque violin bows, snakewood
  • Baroque cello bow, snakewood


  • Thomas Prescott Renaissance recorders (Set of 9: S, S, G alto, F alto, T, T, Bassett in G, Bassett in F, Bass in C)
  • Kynseker Renaissance recorders (Set of 5: Sopranino,SATB)
  • Hopf Praetorius recorders (ST)
  • Mollenhauer Denner (Baroque) alto rec. #1 (grenadilla wood)
  • Mollenhauer Denner (Baroque) alto rec. #2 (grenadilla wood)
  • Sopranino (Baroque), Roessler
  • Sopranino (Baroque), Yamaha


  • Alto cornamuse, Castellano

Double Reeds:

  • Soprano Shawm in C (Joel Robinson, 2005)
  • Soprano Shawm in C (Joel Robinson, 2012)
  • Two Alto Shawms in F (Joel Robinson, 2005, 2007)
  • Tenor Shawm in C (Robert Cronin)
  • Bass dulcian (Moulder, 2003)

Other Wind Instruments:

  • Alto sackbut, Böhm & Meinl
  • Tenor sackbut, Frank Tomes (2002)
  • Tenor sackbut, Böhm & Meinl
  • Tenor sackbut, Egger (2007)
  • Bass sackbut, Egger (2007)
  • Bass sackbut, H. Monke
  • 2 Cornetti in G, C. Monk
  • Tenor transverse flute


  • Tenor lute, Larry Brown, after Hieber (1992)
  • Tenor lute, Cox, #1


  • Wartburg Single-Row Harp (1350-1450), Campbell
  • Folkcraft harp


  • Kelischek Minnesinger Hurdy-Gurdy


  • 12″ tabor, L. Fischer
  • tambourine
  • 12″ tabor
  • 12″ x 12″ Arbeau large tabor. Harms Historical Percussion
  • 12″ x 24″ bass drum