Early Music America Announces Winners of Collegium Musicum Grant

9 Feb 2009

(SEATTLE, WA).  Early Music America is pleased to announce two winners of the 2008-2009 Collegium Musicum Grant: ¡Sacabuche!, an early music ensemble of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute under the direction of Linda Pearse, and the UNT Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers, an early music ensemble from the University of North Texas under the direction of Lyle Nordstrom.

¡Sacabuche! performs the beautiful and lesser-known repertoire of concerted vocal music with Baroque trombones (sackbuts) and organ.  Linda Pearse (director/Baroque trombonist) studied at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland and lived in Europe for over ten years before returning to North America, where she now currently teaches as an adjunct lecturer for the Indiana University Early Music Institute.  
The University of North Texas has one of the largest and most active Collegium programs in North America.  The most prestigious ensembles under this umbrella are the 30-piece UNT Baroque Orchestra and 26-voice Collegium Singers, whose members will be performing at the Boston Early Music Festival.  Lyle Nordstrom, the director of these ensembles, was co-director with Paul O’Dette of The Musicians of Swanne Alley and was the founder and artistic director of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  In 2000, he was a recipient of EMA’s Thomas Binkley Award for his work with collegiate ensembles at Oakland University and Clayton State College.  


The purpose of the EMA Collegium Musicum Grants is to provide $1000 toward the cost of bringing a college or university student early music ensemble to perform a Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival (odd-numbered years) or the Berkeley Festival (even-numbered years). The two winning ensembles will perform during the Boston Early Music Festival, June 7-14, 2009.  EMA will also provide publicity and other support for the concert.

Contact:  Maria Coldwell
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music.  EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support.  EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.  “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles.  For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.