The University of Arizona’s early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum, presents its spring semester concert on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The program, titled “Meine Freundin du bist schön” includes the concert’s namesake piece, a wedding cantata by Johann Christoph Bach, a pair of madrigals from Claudio Monteverdi’s 8th book, and a pair of motets by Heinrich Schütz.
Collegium Musicum includes singers from the Fred Fox School of Music, the university at large, and the Tucson community. This year the group performs under the direction of choral conducting doctoral student Jeff Vanderlee. Those interested in joining should contact email@example.com.
About the Conductor
Jeff Vanderlee is a third-year doctoral student in choral conducting with a minor in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer and Dr. Thomas Cockrell. The 2018-2019 academic year marks Jeff’s second and final year as director of Collegium Musicum. He is an active and diverse musician, performing with the Arizona Choir and Arizona Baroque, as well as accompanying with various high school and community groups across the Tucson area. Jeff also serves as choral director at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona.
Before his time in Arizona, Jeff worked as the director of the Crockett High School choir in Austin, Texas, and later assisting both choir and orchestra at Hill Country Middle School. Concurrently, he served as the director of music at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He also worked as a church organist, at the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank, New Jersey. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College.
Throughout his schooling and teaching career, Jeff has had a special connection with and affinity for early music. Performing in the Bach Cantata Project at the Butler School of Music, the Texas Early Music Project, and Ensemble Settecento provided him with formative experiences, which ignited within him a passion for performing and teaching music of the Baroque and Renaissance.
Being that this is his final semester with the ensemble, Jeff would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the singers and instrumentalists that have participated with Collegium Musicum over the past four semesters. Each concert program has been an absolute joy to realize, and he is grateful to his mentors for the opportunity to work with them.
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