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Collegium Musicum, The 

The Collegium Musicum is one of Columbia University's leading choral ensembles. While traditionally maintaining a lean, intimate chamber choir size of 16 to 40 members, the repertoire of the last 10 years of the Collegium has included ventures into such ambitious repertoire as the Brahms Requiem, in collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music choir and Columbia University Orchestra. 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. It soon developed into an ensemble featuring instruments as well as singers (with world renowned music scholar Richard Taruskin as its first gambist). The staple repertoire of the Collegium has been Medieval and Renaissance composers such as Machaut, Josquin, Palestrina, Ockeghem, Tallis, and Byrd as well as Baroque composers such as Monteverdi and Bach. The Collegium also has a commitment to perform works which are not frequently performed, as well as 20-th century and contemporary music. Recent examples of this are concerts featuring the works of John Cage and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. The Collegium has served as a springboard for former directors, some of whom have founded notable ensembles including Capella Nova (Richard Taruskin), Pomerium (Alexander Blachly), and Anonymous 4 (Susan Hellauer), and Eric Rice (the Collegium Musicum of University of Connecticut). Historic recordings of the Collegium can still be found at