Collegium Musicum is Taft’s showcase choir. The group is open to all students by audition, and performs a repertoire that represents every major period of music history.
Vocalists accepted into the group are enrolled in course AM540, Collegium Musicum, in each semester that they perform with the showcase choir. AM540 is considered an advanced course in vocal and choral musicianship and incorporates group rehearsals. Students also learn to draw technical and stylistic inferences from the music studied in class.
Collegium Musicum enjoys a full performance schedule, both at Taft and around the world, including concert tours during spring break and in the summer. Most recently they have been the core vocal ensemble in an artistic residency program in Faicchio, Italy, called Living the Arts in Italy. The group has performed abroad in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, China, Spain, France, Austria, and Italy; domestically their concert tours have taken them coast to coast. While these concert tours are not required, they are an extraordinary opportunity for Collegium Musicum members, and an important part of the program.