It is inspired by those flourishing music societies of the 16th-18th centuries whose members included musicians, poets, antiquarians, philosophers and scientists. It is the discussions and works produced by these influential societies which have shaped the direction of music as we know it today.
Registration Form for 2016-17
The primary ensemble is the Nova Chamber Orchestra. This is open to all students in the School of Rhetoric, as well as advanced instrumental students from the School of Logic. Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Guardians are encouraged to mentor through participation.
Morning sessions will include a short discussion of a piece followed a read-through of that work. These pieces will be drawn from public domain scores of established repertoire. New music especially those works composed by the ensemble participants will also be given readings.
Members of the Chamber Orchestra are also encouraged to form select ensembles such as String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, Guitar Quartet, etc.
Further ensemble activities will include opportunities for Pep band, Pit orchestra, Jazz ensemble, Rock band, et al.
Public performances of the Collegium Musicum will be made throughout the year at school events. Special arrangements may be made for performances in local venues. All members must provide their own instruments.
Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest - This is a highly competitive academic contest which involves nearly 1,000 students from across the state. It is open only to School of Rhetoric students who forms teams of 3. All teams compete in Regional, Statewide, and College Bowl Championship, testing their skills on history, writing, and music identification. The MLC also presents a yearly scholarship to the winner of the Essay competition. The Nova teams will be coached by Nova parent & music historian, Christian McGuire, who wrote the study guides, tests, and judged the contest from 2004-2008.
All members of the Collegium Musicum are encouraged to volunteer and assist the Nova music faculty at concerts, room set up, promotion and other activities.
To learn more about the historical context of these societies, visit
Florentine Camerata (late 16th century Florence)- A pivotal moment in Music History as antiquarians, philologists, experimental scientists and music theorist / composers come together to discuss the performance of Ancient Greek drama and in turn invented Opera - laying the foundations of modern Harmony in popular music.
Collegium Musicum - Most notable is the Collegium Musicum of Leipzig, founded by Telemann and later directed by J.S. Bach. They performed their concerti and music dramas at Cafe Zimmerman.
Minnesota Music Listening Contest 2004-05 (rev. 2008-09),
Minnesota Music Listening Contest 2005-06,
Minnesota Music Listening Contest 2007-08
Principles of Orchestra (Interactive Online) by Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Treatise on Orchestra (Online) by Hector Berlioz
Petrucci Music Library - Online Scores in Public Domain
MASTER CLASSES and PRACTICE LINKS
Flute / Piccolo
Philharmonia Orchestra: Clarinet
Philharmonia Orchestra: Trumpet
Philharmonia Orchestra: Horn
Master Class with Sarah Willis of Berlin Philharmonic
Philharmonia Orchestra: Trombone
Philharnonia Orchestra: Bass Trombone