K-State Early Music Ensembles

The Early Music Ensembles are comprised of music majors, minors, and non-majors who enjoy and want to learn more about music from the 18th century and before. This includes music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical music periods (c.1100-1750).

To learn more about invovlement in the Early Music Ensemble or auditions (where necessary), contact Mr. David Simmons Wood.


Collegium Musicum Early Music Ensemble

Tu/Th 2:30-3:20pm
MUSIC490A/841A, 0-1 Credit, No audition required

K-State's longest standing early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum was started by Dr. Robert Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Keyboard, in 1975. Collegium Musicum is a vocal and instrumental ensemble devoted to the historically-informed performance of music written during the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods (c. 1100-1750.) Instruments of the historical period used when possible.

singers stand on stage with a screen projecting song translations above them

Madrigal & Motet Ensemble

Fall 2023 meeting time TBD
MUSIC490B/841B, 0-1 Credit, Audition required (students only)

Madrigal & Motet Ensemble (MaMo) was established in Spring 2020 and is a select, mixed-voice chamber ensemble specializing in one-on-a-part performance of repertoire from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century.

singers performing in front of a large altar

Recorder Consort

Fall 2023 meeting time TBD
MUSIC490B/841B, 0-1 Credit, Instructor permission required (no audition).

The Recorder Consort was established in Fall 2016 and performs music from all eras with a variety of recorder types and sizes from the K-State period instrument collection. Beginners and advanced players are welcome.

four individuals holding recorders

Period Instrument Collection

K-State is fortunate to possess a variety of replica period instruments representing the Medieval through Baroque periods. These instruments are available to K-State students and are also used in performances by the Early Music Ensembles. To learn about accessing period instruments, please contact Mr. David Simmons Wood.

Current collection includes:

  • Baroque and Renaissance Recorder (garklein, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, and great bass)
  • Baroque Flute
  • Baroque Violin
  • Baroque Cello
  • Cornetti and Cornettino
  • Crumhorn (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass)
  • Gothic Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Positive Organ
  • Rebec (tenor)
  • Renaissance Guitar
  • Vielle
  • Viola da Gamba (treble, alto, tenor, and bass)


2014-present: Mr. David Simmons Wood
2009-2014: Mr. Thomas Bell
1998-2009: Dr. Bruce Gbur
1976-1998: Dr. Sara Funkhouser
1975-1976: Dr. Robert Edwards