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K-State Early Music Ensembles

The Early Music Ensembles are comprised of music majors, minors, non-majors, and community members 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. 

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


Collegium Musicum Early Music Ensemble

Tu/Th 2:30-3:20pm, McCain 204
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 primarily during the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods (c. 1100-1750.) Instruments of the historical period used when possible. 

Madrigal & Motet Ensemble

Fall 2021: F 11a-12pm, McCain 105
MUSIC490B/841B, 0-1 Credit, Audition required (students only)

Madrigal & Motet Ensemble (MaMo) was established in Spring 2020 and is an auditioned chamber ensemble specializing in one-on-a-part performance of early vocal repertoire. 

Recorder Consort 

Fall 2021: Not meeting due to COVID protocols
MUSIC490C/841C, 0-1 Credit, Instructor permission required

The Recorder Consort was established in Fall 2016 and plays music from all eras with a variety of recorder types and sizes from the K-State early period instrument collections. Beginners and advanced players are welcome. Beginning in 2018, the Consort has also played host to the annual K-State Recorder Workshop. 

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 Wood.

Current collection includes:
  • Baroque and Renaissance Recorder (garklein, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, and great bass)
  • Baroque Flute
  • Baroque Violin
  • Baroque Cello
  • Cornetto and Cornettino
  • Crumhorn (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass)
  • 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