The 2018 Miami International GuitART Festival presents a lecture by Dr. David Dolata at the WPAC Instrumental Hall. Dr. Dolata will tour the audience through the stunning variety of clever notational methods Spanish, Italian, and French guitarists created to convey rasqueado and/or punteado textures in both accompaniments and solo music for Baroque guitar.

The festival takes place from February 19th through 25th with daily concerts, master classes, lectures, competitions, and Luthiers Expo.

2018 MIGF FESTIVAL PASS is available to attend all festival events at a single reduced price. More info at MIGF website: migf.fiu.edu/tickets


Time11:00am – 12:15pm

VenueHerbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

AddressModesto A. Maidique Campus, 10910 SW 17 St.

Phone Number305.348.0496

Collegium Musicum Voice Major Adriana Ruiz named Early Music America Emerging Artist

FIU School of Music soprano Adriana Ruiz has been named an Early Music America (EMA) Emerging Artist. According to EMA, Ms. Ruiz was among six artists chosen to “represent the best of emerging early music talent from a very large pool of applicants.” Ms. Ruiz was the only singer chosen. As a result of her award, Ms. Ruiz will perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the prestigious Bloomington Early Music Festival at Indiana University, which houses one of the top early music programs in the country. Performances will take place in Auer Hall at the Jacobs School of Music on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 and will be live-streamed by IU Music and subsequently broadcast  by WFIU Public Radio. Click here to see the EMA announcement.

Ms. Ruiz recently studied with renowned early music soprano Julianne Baird and lutenist and Director of Tempesta di Mare Richard Stone at the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop in Philadelphia where she also performed on the workshop concert.

At FIU Ms. Ruiz studies with Dr. Vindhya Khare and has performed with the Collegium Musicum, most notably in the lead role in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She has frequently performed with lutenist David Dolata at FIU and in the community on behalf of the Miami Bach Society. In addition to her performances of Renaissance and Baroque music to the accompaniment of the lute and harpsichord, Ms. Ruiz has performed Medieval music while accompanying herself on the Medieval harp.

Audio tracks of some of Ms. Ruiz’ Collegium Musicum performances can be found here.  The five tracks at the top of the list feature Ms. Ruiz.

PBAU Schütz Christmas Oratorio

Here is a rare opportunity to hear Schütz’ Christmas Oratorio. The FIU contingent for this performance will include countertenor Edgar Sanfeliz-Botta and me on archlute. I hope to see you there.

David Dolata

Fall 2017 Collegium Musicum Update

Owing to curricular realignments and my spring 2018 sabbatical, Collegium Musicum will be on hiatus for 2017–2018. Though we will not be offering the course on an official basis, there are still many opportunities for you to participate in early music activities at FIU informally. For instance, the viol consort will continue to meet on its own, and our recorder players are continuing to meet as well. If you are interested in participating in either of these activities, please let me know so that I can put you into contact with these groups.

Collegium members and alumni will also be participating in concerts that include early repertoire both at FIU and in the community. In the coming days, these events will be added to our temporarily hidden calendar, but as a preview, here are a few dates for you to lock in:

Friday, October 28 at FIU: Soli Deo Gloria: An evening of music exploring the impact of the Reformation on choral singing around the world. All early choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Friday, November 17 at FIU: Grand Harmonie. Boston-based ensemble that performs classical period music on early instruments.

Tuesday, November 28 at Palm Beach Atlantic University: Schütz’s Christmas Oratorio with FIU faculty and collegium alumni joining our friends at PBA.

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David Dolata

Il Furioso releases Handel CD

We are pleased to announce that Professor of Musicology David Dolata and his group Il Furioso, have just released their third CD on the London record label Toccata Classics: George Frideric Handel, The complete ‘Amen, Alleluia Arias, HWV 269–77 with music by Church, Croft, Pittoni, and Anon.

This project was funded by an FIU Humanities grant and CARTA in collaboration with Boston University’s Center for Early Music Studies. Each of the recording’s 22 tracks is a first recording. According to Toccata Classics’ press release:

And would you believe that there was some unrecorded Handel? These nine ‘Amen, Alleluja’ arias use just those words as the basis for virtuoso vocal display – and when sung by a true male soprano, as here, the effect is electrifying.

Also performing on the CD is FIU School of Music faculty member Juvenal Correa-Salas. The recording is available in multiple formats at https://toccataclassics.com/product/handel-amen-alleluia-arias/?mc_cid=57a35f49a1&mc_eid=5e19fa81d5

Please spread the word on your favorite social media platform.

Andreas Scholl

For those of you who will be in the Boston area or have friends there who might be interested, David Dolata will be performing two concerts with renowned countertenor Andreas Scholl, his Il Furioso co-director Victor Coelho, and viola da gambist Laura Jeppesen. The full schedule of events sponsored by Boston University’s Center for Early Music Studies can be found below.

PBA Early Music Festival Concert II


The PBAU Early Music Festival presents Il Furioso, described by critics as “an early music power trio.” For this concert they are joined by rising star male soprano Robert Crowe in a performance of works from their latest CD for Toccata Classics, featuring the first recordings of George Frideric Handel’s complete “Amen, Alleluia” arias, along with stunning vocal works from 17th-century England and instrumental music for the theorbo and organ.

The show will be held in Helen K. Persson Recital Hall in Vera Lea Rinker Hall at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 students with ID; PBA students free.