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Bruce Bellingham


In Memoriam Dr. Bruce A. Bellingham
March 28, 1938 – January 3, 2010

Bruce Bellingham, Professor Emeritus of Music History at the University of Connecticut and founder and longtime director of the UConn Collegium Musicum, died suddenly on January 3, 2010. He was 71.

Bellingham was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. He taught at the Eastman School of Music before joining the University of Connecticut Faculty in 1974. He founded the Storrs Collegium Musicum in 1976 to promote the music and culture of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque eras and to perform on original or reconstructed instruments. An avid viola da gamba, violone, and double bass player, he served as president of of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, as an associate member of Early Music America, and as a double bass player for the New Britain Symphony. He also founded and conducted the Willimantic Orchestra. Bellingham published numerous articles on historical instruments and music iconography, and he was the editor of two important editions: one of forgotten bicinia, two-voice pieces used primarily for didactic purposes, and the other of four-voice fantasias of Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger (ca. 1575–1628).

Although he retired in 2003, Bellingham remained an active participant in the cultural life of the region. He lectured regularly at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, continued to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of Connecticut Landmarks, as president of the Willimantic Victorian Home Association, as chairman of the Hop River Chamber Music Series, and as a member of both the Willimantic Amphibian Jazz Ensemble and the New Britain Symphony. His death is a great loss for our university and our community.