The Dickinson Collegium is a select ensemble of about 24 singers open by audition to all Dickinson students as well as community members. Under the leadership of Professor Blake Wilson, the Collegium has earned a reputation for polished performances of challenging and varied musical literature, and the group’s annual Christmas concerts draw large audiences to the various Carlisle churches and on-campus venues where they perform.
The group explores a wide range of vocal chamber music from Renaissance madrigals to the music of living composers like Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, and Ugis Praulins. Recent concerts have included performances of Brahms' German Requiem, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and Handel's Messiah (in collaboration with the Choir and Orchestra), the Duruflé Requiem (spring 2016), Bach motets and cantatas, and Renaissance settings of texts from Vergil's Aeneid as part of an online edition of the Aeneid funded by a digital humanities grant from the Mellon Foundation. The concerts are frequently enriched by the participation of guest instrumentalists (harp, lute, recorder, harpsichord, organ, etc.), and there are many opportunities for solos and soloistic ensemble singing.
As a faculty-led Departmental Ensemble, the Dickinson Collegium is a forum not only for intimate and enjoyable music-making, but is a unique setting for the exploration of vocal technique, foreign languages, fine music literature, and finely-tuned group activity of the highest order. Collegium members take great pride in the group’s accomplishments, and find it one of their most satisfying activities at Dickinson. The group toured in Italy in 2003 and 2007, and produced CD recordings of both tours.
The Collegium rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:30, in Rubendall Recital Hall. Members agree to abide by a strict attendance policy.