About Us

 

What does HRCMF do?

The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our chief purpose is to lend managerial and financial support to the Collegium. We do this in several ways:

  • Providing financial support for major works, such as the 2008 performance of Bach’s B minor mass
  • Helping to fund summer tours, including the 2011 tour to Germany and Austria
  • Subsidizing voice lessons for interested students
  • Upgrading the music library through the Katie Tucker ’94 Memorial Fund
  • Providing mentoring and other managerial assistance to the HRCM executive committee, tour committees, and special projects committees

We cannot provide any of these benefits to HRCM, however, without the financial support of our alumni and friends. Our goal in the coming years is to continue to grow our endowment, so we can better provide for the needs of the choir. With an alumni pool that now tops 1,000 members, we have a great opportunity to bring a new level of financial support and security to the Collegium.

HRCMF, Inc.

The Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Foundation, Inc. was established on April 11, 1978. Initial funding for the Foundation came from surplus funds raised for the Collegium Musicum’s 1976 Tour of Western Europe and from a $10,000 grant from the Harvard Lampoon originally made to the fledgling Collegium Musicum.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of high quality choral music. Specifically, the Foundation lends managerial and financial support to the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Harvard University’s student-run distinguished mixed choir. All alumni of the Harvard-Radliffe Collegium Musicum automatically become members of the Foundation upon graduation from Harvard University. The Foundation also serves as a network and resource for the growing number of Collegium alumni in the United States and around the world.

Trustees of the Foundation are the directors of the corporation and are responsible for its general oversight. The Trustees meet as an entire board six times each academic year, though much of the Foundation’s work is accomplished through the work of small committees. The corporation’s annual meeting is held in June of each year.

Articles of Organization

As stated under its original Articles of Organization, the Foundation serves seven specific purposes:

  • To assist the work of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum in all ways deemed proper by the Foundation and which are in furtherance of charitable and educational purposes;
  • To promote and encourage the composition, study, and performance of choral music of high artistic standards in the United States of America;
  • To promote and encourage deeper international understanding through the medium of personal and recorded performance abroad of choral music of high artistic standards;
  • To contribute from time to time to established musical organizations to promote and encourage the performance of choral music;
  • To promote and encourage research in the field of choral music and allied fields, and to assist lecturers, teachers, and students through grants-in-aid, scholarships, loans, and prizes;
  • To publish and disseminate, but not for profit, musical scores, articles, books, pamphlets, musical recordings, and other materials relating to choral music;
  • To obtain and maintain facilities in furtherance of any of the foregoing objects and purposes.