Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum

Purpose Statement

Harvard's distinguished undergraduate mixed chorus, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, was founded in the fall of 1971 to coincide with the coeducational merger of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. The repertoire of Collegium draws on a diverse spectrum of a cappella and orchestral selections, including both sacred and secular works of composers such as Palestrina, Byrd, Dufay, Tallis, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Ravel, Britten, Barber, and more. The group garnered critical acclaim under its first conductor, F. John Adams, and in 1978, direction of the group passed to Jameson Marvin, who led the chorus to even greater heights. Currently, Collegium flourishes under the direction of Andrew Clark. In addition to historical masterpieces such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Handel's Israel in Egypt, Collegium has brought the works of modern and contemporary composers, including John Adams, Steven Stucky, Julian Wachner, to performance spaces both in Boston and abroad. In addition to its independent performances, Collegium regularly collaborates with notable performing groups both within and outside the Harvard community, including the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Period Orchestra of Boston.

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