Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Music Philology and Paleography in York

Project Description

This winter term, I will travel to York, United Kingdom in order to create a historically accurate transcription of a work from the Old Hall Manuscript. I will work closely with the faculty at the University of York to build a vocabulary in early music notation and history. I will work with NeumeMusic, a six-voice early music ensemble I direct, to create a concert performance of the transcription.

About Crispin Swank

Crispin Swank hails from St. Cloud, Minnesota, and is a third-year double-degree student with majors in classical guitar performance and politics. Crispin’s interest in early music began in Collegium Musicum Oberliniense under the direction of Professor Steven Plank. This summer, he studied medieval scores and notation using resources from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. He founded and directs NeumeMusic, an early music choir at Oberlin that specializes in the works of Josquin, Dufay, and Machaut. He frequently performs early music on the guitar and for voice. He is also the president and treasurer for the Oberlin Classical Guitar Association.