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School of Fine ArtsMusic Department

Eric Rice, Director

ERIC RICE began performing and studying early music as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College in the late 1980s. After a four-year career as a schooner captain and marine educator in New York City, he returned to his music studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in musicology and a certificate in medieval and Renaissance studies. While pursuing these degrees, he also studied conducting and voice, and he sang professionally in New York City churches that feature medieval and Renaissance repertoire in their liturgies. Rice was the director of Columbia’s Collegium Musicum for three years, and in that capacity he was nominated twice for teaching awards and received several university grants toward the production of the group’s first compact disc. During his second year (2002–2003) as a visiting professor at Brandeis University, he directed the Brandeis Chamber Choir. He continues to be active as a performer and scholar, and has received several grants in support of his study of Renaissance liturgy and performance practices in European churches. In his work with UConn’s Collegium Musicum, Rice seeks to create experiences that pique interest in the cultures of the distant past. The immediacy of historically informed performance not only presents audiences with unusual and sometimes unfamiliar sounds, but with richly evocative transmissions of political and cultural ideas. In addition to learning instrumental and vocal techniques of the past, collegium participants discover music’s role in various social milieux and explore the theoretical bases behind the compositions they perform.