Collegium Musicum

About the Ensemble

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.

The Collegium presents concerts in Urness Recital Hall and Boe Memorial Chapel 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.

Performance Calendar

Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:15 p.m.
Urness Recital Hall

Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:15 p.m.
Spring Concert
Boe Memorial Chapel
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The Musicians
Viol Consort

Grayson Broesch, Omaha, Neb.
Yi Wynn Chan, soprano, Penang, Malaysia
Mark Fretheim, Garland, Texas
Jacob Gesell, Hartland, Wis.
Daniel Haakenson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Quan Higdon, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Abel Lifschutz, Eagle River, Wis.
Matt Mackenzie, Ithaca, N.Y.
Henry Paton, Duluth, Minn.
Jacob Rothermel, Leonardtown, Md.
Henry Spector, Los Altos, Calif.
Brodie Thiede, Plymouth, Minn.
Jamie Truax, Western Springs, Ill.
Henry Wisniewski, San Francisco, Calif.

Abel Lifschutz, soprano, Eagle River, Wis.
Yi Wynn Chan, soprano, Penang, Malaysia
Liana Cole, alto, Northfield, Minn.
Kayla Gephart, alto, St. Charles, Ill.
Colin Lang, tenor, Boxborough, Mass.
Henry Wisniewski, bass, San Francisco, Calif.

Wind Band
Colin Lang, alto shawm, Boxborough, Mass.
Kristen Diederichs, tenor shawm, Lake Elmo, Minn.
Jacob Ingalls, tenor sackbut, Nottingham, Md.
Jordan Ketcham, tenor sackbut, Horicon, Wis.
Naomi Brandt, dulcian, Albuquerque, N.M.