Collegium made its annual trip to Lexington this past weekend to rehearse and perform in the newly renovated Hancock Church. A delicious dinner prepared by Collegium’s Foundation, games, a talent show, and fun times were highlights of the weekend. The choir wrapped up a successful retreat with a church performance, which received a standing ovation.
After much recruiting, publicizing, and auditioning over the past several weeks, the results are in- Collegium is proud to admit 28 talented new members this year!
Congratulations to our 2015-16 newies:
Tae Yeong Park
Welcome!!! So many amazing experiences, concerts, friendships, and memories lie ahead of you!
This past year, Collegium's Executive Committee took on the exciting task of rebranding the choir. In February, we assembled a special team (affectionately called Brandcorps) to spearhead the project, and, after half a year of brainstorming and negotiating, we are proud to present our new logo!
We owe a huge thanks to Opus Design, who took on our project pro bono and patiently walked us through the logo design process. Their inspiration for the logo comes from the treble clef, which Lily Robles and her design team deconstructed to represent the intersection of classicism and innovation that makes Collegium so distinctive. It is also (accidentally) a turn, which is a fun coincidence and further links the logo to the music that we are so passionate about.
Stay tuned for all of the new Collegi-apparel featuring our beautiful new logo! As always, you can access the store through the Store tab in the menu bar.
It's that time of year again. After several much-deserved months of break, our return to school is starting to feel more like a reality. Collegium members have more than just settling into their new rooms and catching up with friends to look forward to- we also get to welcome new singers!
All of us were newies at some point, from driven choir veterans to hopeful choir newcomers and everything in-between. Somehow, even with a group of musicians with such a diverse set of musical, academic, and extracurricular interests, the Collegium experience provides something for everyone. Looking for a group versatile enough to skillfully perform a Bach motet, a large-scale Brahms piece, and a Brazilian folk song in the same season? Or a social organization that gives you a new home on an unfamiliar campus? Or just a place to destress between classes? Collegium is so much more than just a group that sings, and we'd love to have the chance to show you why.
If you're even the least bit interested, stop by for a 10-15 minute preliminary audition, held Monday, August 31~Friday, September 4th from 7-10 p.m. in the basement of Memorial Hall. Don't know where that is? Find directions here. You can also find more information in the Auditions tab.
Years of planning and hours of rehearsal and prep culminated in an unforgettable international tour to Brazil this summer. We enjoyed performing in a dozen concerts, collaborating with university choirs, professional choirs and even a cultural center, making new friends, and sightseeing in four different cities. See what Collegium soprano Pamela Chen had to say:
Soon, we’ll be boarding the first of our flights back home. Even though our tour experience is now concluding, I remain excited for the next 40-something Collegiites who will explore and learn from a new country four years from now! I sincerely hope they’ll enjoy their experience as wholeheartedly as I have enjoyed mine, and that Collegium will be able to sustain and nourish its international tour tradition of musical collaboration and cultural exchange for many, many tours to come.
-Pamela Chen, '16
Check out our Tour Blog for more member-written entries detailing our three weeks in Brazil!
Collegium invites you to a fun, informal concert this Friday! Join us as we sing repertoire from our upcoming tour to Brazil, including Brazilian pieces as well as more traditional Collegi-fare.
The concert will feature Dr. Mariana Farah, Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kansas, an expert in Brazilian choral music.
Get your tickets ($10 for students/$20 for adults) now from a Collegium member or from the Harvard Box Office: https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/seatSelect.asp
Experience an unprecedented collaboration between the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Boston Children’s Chorus, and the Harvard Dance Project reflecting on the American Civil War.
Composer and classical guitarist Jeffrey Van will perform his lyrical setting of Walt Whitman war poetry for chorus and guitar, "A Procession Winding Around Me". The concert also features the New England premiere of David Lang’s "after stephen foster", a dynamic and immersive work for mixed chorus, children’s choir, and dance ensemble.
The concert marks the world premiere of several new works by Harvard student composers, including a setting of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s Hymn by Evan O’Dorney ‘15, the winner of Collegium’s inaugural Student Composition Competition. Holmes's poem was written for Memorial Hall’s cornerstone-laying ceremony in 1870, and its performance aims to bridge Harvard’s past and present.
The performance is the second program in a three-concert series entitled “Unfinished Work,” presented by the Holden Choruses and the Harvard Civil War Project that coincides with Brian Knep’s interactive art installation, Deep Wounds, in the transept of Memorial Hall. Battle Hymns is also a headlining event of Harvard’s annual Arts First festival (April 30-May 3).
Contact your favorite Collegium member for tickets: Students- $8 and $10 (SEF eligible); General- $20, $25, 30; VIP-$45
The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Radcliffe Choral Society present:
a fall concert conducted by Beth Willer and Joseph Fort
Join us for an evening of dazzling choral works presented by the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Radcliffe Choral Society, two of the most critically acclaimed choruses in the country. The annual fall concert is titled Requiescat, a term for a prayer or wish for the repose of the souls of the dead, as this concert marks the beginning of a year-long series reflecting on the Civil War. We invite you to enjoy a wide range of classic and modern works that span six centuries of music. Notable composers include Lang, Dunstaple, Byrd, Schumann, and Tomkins.
Saturday, November 1 at 8pm; Sanders Theatre. Tickets: students and seniors $10; general admission $20, available from choir members or at the Harvard Box Office (Holyoke Arcade, open 12–6pm, Tuesday-Sunday; call 617-496-2222 or visit www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice). SEF-eligible.
Join HRCM for an open rehearsal Tuesday, September 2 from 4:15 to 6:30 PM in Lowell Lecture Hall (north of Memorial Hall, across Kirkland Street). All welcome.
Come hear HRCM sing with the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Harvard Glee Club at a free-of-charge showcase concert on Saturday, September 5 at 7:30pm! Prospective members are especially encouraged to attend.