Collegium Musicum Choir

UNSW's 100-voice choir known as the Collegium Musicum Choir was founded in 1975 by Professor Roger Covell and Dr Patricia Brown, and has a long tradition of performing choral-orchestral works and Christmas programs at UNSW to a semi-professional standard. The choir's membership includes undergraduate students from across the university, as well as postgraduates, staff and members of the community - all are welcome.

The Collegium Musicum performs familiar repertoire including oratorios, masses, requiems and other sacred works, and secular works appropriate to a large choir. Repertoire has included Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem, and Orff's Carmina Burana. The choir also presents less familiar works but by important composers, to introduce both the singers and the audience to another side of choral music, including Tippett's Crown of the Year, Part's Berliner messe and Respighi's Lauda per la Nativita del Signore

The choir has a wonderful social aspect as well as focusing strongly on musical performance. It is a significant part of the cultural fabric of UNSW, bringing local and international students from across the UNSW School of the Arts and Media and the entire university together with staff and members of the local community to collaborate in public performance.

Members of Collegium Musicum Choir are eligbile for the Willgoss Choral Prize each year.



Time: 5:00-8:00pm Wednesday, during term 

Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

2024 Schedule can be viewed here

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please email prior to rehearsal starting


We will be accepting new members at the start of each program period.

REGISTRATION: Registrations for Program 2 2024 have now commenced.

Returning members: Please email for the registration link.

New Members: New members must organise a short voice placement prior to registration.
Please email to schedule this.

Email with any further enquires.

For the Voice Placement you need to prepare a simple song to sing unaccompanied, such as Scarborough Fair, Waltzing Matilda, a hymn, a Christmas carol, or a song in a language other than English!

Given the elevated risk of music ensemble activities, we encourage all members of our ensembles to be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19. Musicians are welcome to wear masks, and we require all ensemble members to adhere to UNSW’s COVID-19 Response:

If you are unwell with COVID-19 and unable to attend campus, an online stream of rehearsals will be made available to you upon request. Please note that this is intended to be a face-to-face activity, so members who attend more than two rehearsals via the online stream may not be eligible to participate in the performance, a decision made by the ensemble conductor.