The Augusta Collegium Musicum History

The Augusta Collegium Musicum was founded by William "Bill" Toole and a nucleus of students who had been members of the Augusta State University Chamber Choir. These students upon graduation were anxious to continue singing together the chamber choir repertoire, mostly Renaissance and Baroque. As ASU Chamber Choir, under William Toole, the appeared in concert in Washing, DC at the National Cathedral and in New York City at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Methodist, the Citicorp's Building, the Henry Street Settlement Music School, and at the Plaza of the Lincoln Center.

The Augusta Collegium now appears in numerous concerts each year throughout the Central Savannah River Area, covering a wide range of music. Of its present twenty five singers, seventeen hold degrees in Music. The ACM has a goal of musical excellence in performing not only well-known period works, but frequently works that would not be accessible to an amateur group.

William (Bill) Toole, the founder and director of the group holds the degrees BMus and MMus from Yale University. After Yale he joined the Robert Shaw Chorale, touring with Shaw and singing for many years with the Chorale on virtually every recording made by Shaw for R.C.A. Victor. After a four year stint with the radio/TV show, THE VOICE OF FIRESTONE on ABC, he applied to the Julliard School and received full scholarship for three years study in the Special Studies Program. He was a pupil of Hans Heinz, voice, and Sergius Hagen, vocal literature. Other artistic teachers were Donna Paula Novikova, Eva Gauthier, and at Yale Paul Hindemith and Quincy Porter in composition.

Mr. Toole served on the Julliard faculty, Pre-College department, teaching studio voice 1964-1982, at which time he joined the Augusta State University in Voice and Choral activities, retiring in 1995.He still keeps busy with artful painting and teaching private voice lessons from his home studio.



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