Collegium Musicum

Upcoming Concerts 

Fall 2024 Concert Schedule will be announced soon!

Ensemble Information

Dr. Lindsay Johnson, Director

UMBC Collegium Musicum is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750. Open to all students with musical ability. Permission of instructor required.

Under the direction of Dr. Lindsay Johnson, the UMBC Collegium Musicum is a unique ensemble devoted to the performance of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. Members meet in ensembles of various sizes to study and perform period vocal and instrumental music. Students are given the opportunity to sing in a variety of conventional and extended vocal styles and to play on historical instruments from the UMBC Department of Music’s collection of instruments, including recorder, crumhorn, racket, cornetto, shawm, harp, guitar, drum, chamber organ, harpsichord, and Baroque violin, viola, and cello. We are also the recipients of a consort loan from the Viola da Gamba Society of America and have gambas available to learn. Emphasis in the group is given to the study of musical style, performance practice, singing and playing one-on-a-part, and excellence in ensemble performance.  This ensemble is designed for all students who are interested in performing and learning about the music and instruments of these periods.

The course samples sacred and secular music from expansive and culturally diverse European regions ranging from Andalusian Spain to pre- and post-Reformation Germany and England, as well as Western-styled music written and performed in the New World. Participants not only collaborate on a broad variety of music, but also have the opportunity to study the music’s cultural influences through the use of primary source materials. For the music major or minor, the course functions as a complement to the required period history survey courses; as an elective for the non-music major, it provides perspective on the history of European art music through performance within a cultural framework.


Scheduled rehearsals always take place in the Performing Arts and Humanities building. Given that the Collegium consists of a number of small ensembles, there is quite a bit of flexibility in scheduling rehearsals. In a majority of cases, the members of an ensemble decide when to meet.


Given that the Collegium consists of a number of small ensembles, there is quite a bit of flexibility in scheduling rehearsals and group practice sessions. In many cases, the members of an ensemble decide when to meet.

As in any ensemble, participants are expected to play their own instruments; however, the Collegium will provide “early” instruments to students where appropriate.


The Collegium Musicum generally performs one concert every semester and occasionally gives performances in various area locations and events.


If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Dr. Lindsay Johnson at (410) 455-2941 or by e-mail at