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Early Music Lab

Early Music Lab, is a music history elective offered through the Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory. It offers students an opportunity to experience Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque repertories through hands-on music making. The offerings of the Early Music Lab include Collegium vocale (a small vocal ensemble), and a section lutes and solo voices. An additional Early Music offering is CCM Vox antiqua - a select choir that is a collaboration between the divisions of Composition, Musicology and Theory and Ensembles and Conducting. 

Collegium Vocale

Dr. Matthew Peattie and Dr. Matthew Swanson, directors.

The Collegium vocale is a vocal ensemble that focuses on the intersection of scholarship and performance, with a special emphasis on early notation. The repertory ranges from chant to Renaissance polyphony. Concert programs have included presentations of Gregorian, Beneventan and Old Roman chant, a works from the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Laudario di Cortona, early polyphony from the Codex Calixtinus to Perotin, and polyphony by Machaut, DuFay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Tallis and Byrd, among others.

The Collegium vocale has collaborated on scholarly and practical presentations including "Scholarship and Practice in Early Choral Repertories" at a meeting of the American Choral Directors Association (2014), "Singing Nuance: Oral and Written Perspectives on Late-Ninth Century Notation," (2015), "Singing Beneventan Chant from Eleventh Century Notation" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (2017), and a CD recording of early medieval chant from southern Italy chant, Canto Beneventano

The Collegium vocale currently sings the Office of Compline on selected Sunday evenings at the Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park. For information about the Collegium vocale contact Dr. Matthew Peattie.

Lute Song and Renaissance Part-Singing

Rodney Stucky, Director

This lab explores the performance of solo songs with lute (or vihuela) and part-singing (including one-on-a-part songs and madrigals) of the 16th and early 17th centuries.  When feasible original notation will be used.

CCM Vox Antiqua

Dr. Brett Scott and Dr. Matthew Peattie, directors.

CCM Vox Antiqua is a select vocal ensemble that is a collaboration between musicology (Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory) and choral conducting (Division of Ensembles and Conducting). Each year, Vox Antiqua performs a program of Medieval or Renaissance music that is designed and prepared by students in a 5000/6000-level music history course. The Vox Antiqua project explores current issues in historically informed performance practice, and affords student the opportunity to perform from a variety of historical notations, examine primary source material in facsimile, engage with the scholarship of critical editing, and develop the skills to prepare editions for performance. Auditions for the select ensemble are typically held in during orientation week. For information about Vox Antiqua contact Dr. Brett Scott ( or Dr. Matthew Peattie (

In addition to the resources available through the CCM Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library, the Early Music Lab maintains a collection of English, French, German, Italian and Spanish instrumental and vocal polyphony; Baroque solo repertory; tutors and method books; research pertaining to early music; historic treatises in facsimile and in translation; and facsimiles of Renaissance prints and manuscripts.

Instrument Collections

Renaissance Collection

  • 10 Violas da gamba, including 6 by John Pringle, with bows by Harry Grabenstein
  • 16 Recorders, by Mollenhauer (“Kynsecker”) in various sizes from garklein to contrabass
  • 5 Sackbuts, by Frank Tomes
  • 5 Crumhorns, hand made by Richard Wood
  • 3 Shawms, by Joel Robinson and Robert Cronin
  • 1 Bass dulcian, by Leslie Ross
  • 1 Lute, by Alan Clark

Baroque Collection

  • 9 Recorders, including 2 altos by Von Huene (“Rippert”)
  • 1 One-key flute, by Hahn
  • 1 Violin, with bow by Harry Grabenstein
  • 1 Theorbo, by Michael Schreiner
  • 1 2-manual French-style harpsichord, by Ben W. Bechtel
Violas da gamba.








Treble, tenor and bass violas da gamba by John Pringle (after John Rose) with bows by Harry Grabenstein.


Recorders by Mollenhauer (“Kynsecker”) in various sizes from garklein to contrabass.

Lute and theorbo.

Lute by Alan Clark. Theorbo by Michael Schreiner.


Crumhorns handmade by Richard Wood.


Soprano and alto shawms by Joel Robinson, tenor shawm by Robert Cronin and bass dulcian by Leslie Ross.


Sackbuts by Frank Tomes.