70 years Collegium Musicum


In the summer of 2022, the Collegium Musicum of RWTH Aachen University celebrated its 70th birthday! 

  The CM turns 70 Copyright: © Susann Warkentin & Esther Ruholl

For now 70 years, students and members of the university have come together to make music. To mark the occasion, there was an internal Collegium Musicum celebration to which active musicians, as well as alumni and former contributors were invited.

In addition, there was be a commemorative publication - a document that chronicled the CM's history to date.


The ceremony on 12th May 2022

Choir and orchestra on stage Copyright: © Kelvin Hoffmann

1952 - a year in which topics such as the ongoing Korean War, the reign of Adenauer or the coming into force of the European Coal and Steel Community were formative events - also brought with it a beginning of a musical community at RWTH Aachen University - the Collegium Musicum.

Seven decades have passed since that foundation. The anniversary celebration of this momentous occasion was duly celebrated on May 12, 2022, in Aula 1 of the main building of RWTH. In addition to some exciting speeches by former conductors, by the academic director Prof. Gries and former or current members, the orchestra and choir accompanied the evening with musical contributions. Solo contributions by the choir's vocal coaches as well as musical contributions by the Carbon-Quintet were also an auditory delight for all present.