On June 16, 2017 at Early Music America’s annual meeting at the Boston Early Music Festival, Angela Mariani, Director of the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum, received the prestigious 2017 Thomas Binkley Award for “outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college collegium musicum.”
"Words cannot express how stunned, honored, and delighted I am to be selected as the 2017 Thomas Binkley Award Winner. This is especially meaningful to me as Tom was such
For approximately the last 40 years of the sixteenth century, the Italian city of Ferrara was ruled by Duke Alfonso D’Este (II). His reign was marked by religious conflict, war, and a serious earthquake; but his court was also famous for its extravagant patronage of arts and literature. In particular, Alfonso cultivated a musical team that included several virtuoso female musicians, all both singers and instrumentalists, directed by the court…
Dr. Angela Mariani, Director of the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum, has received Texas Tech's Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award in Social Science, Humanities, and Creative Arts Disciplines, Texas Tech University, 2017. Many thanks and deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Parent's Association and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Dr. Mariani on Historical Performance and Arts Practice Research:
"The term "Historical Performance" refers to a flourishing area of…
Dr. Angela Mariani, director of the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum, has received one of Early Music America's College Level Development Grants to support a workshop/clinic in 2017. Bob Wiemken of the famous Renaissance wind band Piffaro will come to Texas Tech in order to get Tech students "jump-started" on the new historical wind instruments that are being built for the Collegium Musicum. Our thanks and deep appreciation to Early Music America for their support!
The Italian trecento, or what we in English call the fourteenth century, saw a great flourishing of art, music, and literature--and unimaginable catastrophe, as the Black Plague took half the population of Europe (some have estimated that 60 per cent of Florence’s population died).
This was also the century of the poet Petrarch, of the artist Giotto, of composers such as Francesco Landini, who survived the plague, and of the writer Boccaccio (1313-1375). Boccaccio’s most famous work, the Decameron,…
With great thanks and appreciation to Director William Ballenger, we have the go-ahead to order a set of Renaissance wind instruments to create what was called a "Loud Band" -- two sackbuts, two shawms, and a dulcian. The instruments will be built for us, and we should have them all by next year. Exciting news! Now I need volunteers . . .