Early and modern choral music at the University of Texas at Austin
An independent and extracurricular chorus at the University of Texas, Collegium Musicum is committed to bringing outstanding choral music to audiences both on and beyond our campus. We are one of only a few independent student-run choirs at UT, and offer one of the widest ranges of repertoire of any of the university's ensembles, spanning music from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century.
Unlike the curricular choruses, whose membership depends on class schedules and choice of major (and on tuition!), Collegium is open to singers all across campus, regardless of major. Our singers are undergraduates and graduates, studying the humanities, the sciences, business, medicine, and of course, music. Collegium is committed to excellence in performance, and sets a high standard in its audition process. In this way, we are able to offer a professional choral opportunity outside the confines of UT's Butler School of Music. Singers in Collegium Musicum may keep their membership indefinitely once they join, and most stay with the ensemble year after year.
A mixed (satb) a cappella chorus of about twenty-eight to thirty-two singers, Collegium Musicum focuses on chamber choral repertoire of particular historical or musical significance. A portion of each concert program is dedicated to early music: we have sung, among many others, the works of Monteverdi, Busnois, Tomkins, Finck, and music from as early as the twelfth century. From more recent periods, our repertoire encompasses secular works, motets, folk songs, spirituals, and glees by luminaries such as Schütz, Elgar, Homilius, Rheinberger, and Michael Haydn. Collegium proudly performs a wide variety of twentieth and twenty-first century choral music, including works by Kodály, Gjeilo, Polifrone, Quick, and P.D.Q. Bach. The choir performed a world premiere by the eminent young composer Caroline Mallonée in 2012. In addition, Collegium sponsors the New Choral Music Initiative, a competition for the composition of new choral music by students at the University of Texas at Austin, performing one new work each year.
Collegium rehearses Thursday and Sunday evenings, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, in the Music School's choral rehearsal room (mbe 2.106, part of mrh). We perform at least two concerts each year, sometimes in collaboration with other performance groups on campus.
Collegium Musicum was founded in 2010 by Bram Wayman, its first director and a graduate student in music composition, and Corinne McLeod. Originally the Renaissance Collegium Musicum, the chorus grew out of the sec's Madrigal Dinner Committee, which has performed an annual madrigal dinner at ut since the late 1970s. After its first year under the umbrella of the sec, the chorus became its own student organization in Fall 2011.
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Here you can read about the audition process. If you'd like to be notified when auditions open, Email us and ask to be put on the audition mailing list.
We welcome any ut student who is interested in choral singing to audition for Collegium Musicum. Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic year. The audition, which lasts ten minutes, consists of:
Collegium Musicum holds auditions at the beginning of each academic year and occasionally at the beginning of the Spring semester. Membership is offered indefinitely if you are admitted. To read more about membership in Collegium, please see our About section.
Auditions are scheduled in ten-minute slots over the course of a few days. Time slots are claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may sign up by:
If you cannot make any of the audition times but are still interested in trying out, please email us using the link above and describe your situation. Collegium Musicum guarantees an audition to every interested singer.
Please arrive for your audition at least ten minutes early. Outside the audition room, there will be an information card for you to fill out prior to your audition.
Collegium Musicum auditions and rehearses in the Butler School of Music. Signs will be posted to help you find the audition room, and there is a large building map posted in the main atrium on the ground floor, to the left of the Music Services Center.
If you would like to know more about the audition process, membership in Collegium, etc., please Email us.
Curtis Edward White (born May 14, 1995) is a tenor, composer, and choral conductor from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the 2008 he relocated to Houston, Texas to complete middle school and graduated from Cypress Ridge High School summa cum laude (with the highest distinction) and as a member Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society) high school chapter in 2013. While in high school, the young tenor excelled in the Texas Educator's Music Association All-State competition at the regional and area level, and the San Antonio Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival. Curtis is currently pursuing a B.M. in Voice Performance and a B.S.A. in Biochemistry at the University of Texas in Austin and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018. He has studied voice under Donnie Ray Albert and currently studies with Dr. Steven Brennfleck. During his stay at university, Curtis collaborated with prestigious vocal coaches including Rick Rowley, Nyle Matsuoka, Tamara Sanakidze, and more. He has also participated in masterclasses led by Dr. Kyung-Eun Na and Elena Portnaya. Curtis holds a section leader/soloist position at the University United Methodist Church and he has been championed for his performance of African American traditional spirituals.
James J. Hall (Assistant Conductor) is a pianist and verdi baritone from San Antonio, Texas, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He has performed solo piano for 15 years and has been singing for 5. He studied piano and music theory under many different teachers, the most notable being Dr. Elizabeth Gutierrez. He currently studies voice under Nikita Storojev. He has performed in several solo recitals for both voice and piano and has been singing with Collegium Musicum for 2 years. This is his first year as Assistant Conductor.
The New Choral Music Initiative is an annual contest, sponsored by Collegium Musicum, for the composition of new choral music. It is open to all students at ut. The contest is held each winter, and the winning piece is placed on Collegium's spring repertoire.
In the new music world, the opportunity for a composer's work to be put in a concert repertoire is extremely rare. Collegium believes strongly in the fostering of new choral music, however, and is dedicated to committing the same amount of rehearsal time and focus to new pieces as to any other music. Likewise, winning composers should expect to see their piece placed in the same performance context as the other pieces on the program. Winning composers will have their piece rehearsed thoroughly and professionally, and it will be performed on every concert Collegium gives that season.