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 2017 director of Collegium Musicum is Evelyn Troester DeGraf, EdD.
Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7-9 pm in 405 Milbank Hall, Barnard College.
If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact Dr. DeGraf at drevelyndegraf [at] gmail.com.
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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 8:00pmSt Paul's Chapel, Columbia University
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 8:00pmSt. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University
The Collegium Musicum has been performing for the Columbia community for nearly sixty years. Founded in the mid-1950s, the Collegium was first conceived as an opportunity for graduate students in musicology to experience early music in a performance context that was tightly integrated with the academic curriculum.
Previous directors have founded or are currently directors of notable choral ensembles, including Capella Nova (Richard Taruskin), Pomerium (Alexander Blachly), and Anonymous 4 (Susan Hellauer, also director of the Collegium Musicum at Queen's College), and Eric Rice (the Collegium Musicum of the University of Connecticut). Historic recordings of the Collegium can still be found at Minstrel Records.
Lineage of Directorship
- Unknown - 1955–1969
- Noah Greenberg - 1957
- Harold Brown - 1958–1961
- Robert Croan - 1957–1958
- Stoddard Lincoln - 1958
- Henry Bloch - 1959–1962
- Cecil Isaac - 1959–1961
- Austin Clarkson - 1959–1961
- Peter Flanders - 1960–1962
- J Newman - 1961
- Hendrik van der Werf - 1962–1963
- Walter Hilse - 1965
- Kenneth Cooper - 1967
- Richard Taruskin - 1969–1971
- Alexander Blachly - 1971–1973
- Paul Hawkshaw - 1976–1977
- Robert Myers - 1977–1978
- Peter Lefferts - 1979
- Susan Hellauer - 1979–1981
- Lucy Cross - 1981–1982
- Mary Monroe - 1983
- Wendy Powers - 1983–1984
- Michael Rogan - 1985–1986
- Mark Ettinger - 1986
- Gregory Salmon - 1986–1988
- Angela Yeung - 1988–1990
- Susanna Lodato - 1993–1994
- Eric Rice - 1997–1998
- Ramin Arjomand - 2000
- David Lyczkowski - 2001–2003
- Ryan Dohoney - 2004–2005
- Michel Galante
- Sean Parr - 2006–2008
- Amber Youell - 2008–2009
- Michael Shaw - 2009–2010
- Mahir Cetiz - 2011–2013
- Matthew Ricketts
- Anne Levitsky
- Preston Smith
Evelyn Troester DeGraf
Eric Rice (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2002), is an Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. A musicologist and conductor, Dr. Rice is a specialist in the history and performance of music composed before 1750. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, notation, and historical performance, and he also serves as a member of the Medieval Studies faculty.more info...
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ramin Amir Arjomand is an Iranian-American composer, pianist, conductor, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. His composition teachers include Stephen Jaffe, Gheorghe Costinescu, Fred Lerdahl, Jonathan Kramer, and Tristan Murail. His concert music has been commissioned and/or performed by Speculum Musicae, So Percussion Ensemble, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Cassatt Quartet, TAK Ensemble, the Columbia Collegium Musicum, and numerous independent ensembles and soloists in venues throughout the United States.more info...
Ryan Dohoney (PhD, Musicology 2009) has been Assistant Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music since Fall 2013. Dr. Dohoney was previously Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas (2012–2013), and faculty fellow in music at Colby College (2011–2013).more info...
Michel Galante is the conductor of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. He has performed as principal, guest, and assistant conductor with orchestras and ensembles in the US, Canada, and Europe. His composition awards include Hertz, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and prizes from ASCAP and the Composer's Guild. He holds a DMA in composition from Columbia University, and is the director of the orchestra program at The College of New Jersey.more info...
Amber Youell is an Executive Team Member of Morningside Opera. She is a mezzo-soprano and 18th-century scholar who loves wigs and coloratura. In October 2012, she completed her PhD in historical musicology from Columbia University, with a dissertation on opera, fashion, money, and politics at the court of Empress Maria Theresia. For Morningside's 2009 production of Alcide al bivio, Amber constructed a performance score from manuscript and acted as dramaturg.more info...
Core Lecturer, Music Humanities
Mahir Cetiz is a Core Lecturer in Music Humanities. Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1977, he received his undergraduate degree in music performance in 1998 from Ankara State Conservatory, where he studied cello, piano and composition. Following his undergraduate studies, Cetiz earned his master's degree in composition from the University of Memphis (U.S.A.) and in conducting from Hacettepe University (Turkey). In the year 2000, he won a scholarship from British Council, which enabled him to continue his studies with Anthony Gilbert, at "Royal Northern College of Music".more info...
PhD Student in Historical MusicologyWebsite
Anne Adele Levitsky is a scholar and musician living in New York City. As an academic, she is interested in medieval vernacular song and Old French and Occitan poetry and narrative literature. Her dissertation focuses on singers and song in the Middle Ages, and seeks to understand the role of song and those who performed it in medieval communities.more info...
Director of Collegium MusicumGhostlight Chorus
Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf is the choral director and cantor at Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, as well as the founder and artistic director of the internationally-acclaimed chamber choir GHOSTLIGHT, an ensemble she guided to prize-winning performances at the 2015 International Chamber Choir competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. A versatile musician, conductor, and music educator, Dr.more info...
Collegium Musicum Winter 2015 concert
St. Paul's Chapel
Preston Smith, Director