WHAT WE DO
The Collegium Ladyes ensemble is comprised of approximately 16 singers and sings a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to traditional carols. Many of the Ladyes are professional soloists, music teachers, or choral musicians; all are experienced choral singers. We share a love of a cappella vocal music and are especially fascinated by medieval and Renaissance repertoire. The Ladyes rehearse and perform in an encouraging, respectful, and creative environment, and actively share our music with a wide audience in diverse venues.
The Collegium Ladyes began in early 2011 in collaboration with the student Collegium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. We have since branched out on our own as an all-women's early music vocal ensemble. Concerts have included music from this early repertoire (c. 1100-1600) as well as selections by contemporary composers such as Joan Szymko, Abbie Betinis, Linda Kachelmeier, John Tavener, and Daniel Pinkham. The Ladyes sing programs at a variety of Milwaukee-area venues. Our CD Knowing She Hath Wings was recorded in 2017.
The Collegium Ladyes is a women's a cappella ensemble based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our mission is to perform choral music in a broad spectrum of styles, ranging from medieval to contemporary. We reach out to a wide audience in diverse venues, conveying themes of beauty, peace, and unity through rich and expressive singing. We are dedicated to developing each singer's vocal and musical skills and studying relevant contextual and historical materials.