Research & Education


Katarina Livljanic is co-director of a Master’s programme in medieval music performance practice at the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. She directs this programme together with Benjamin Bagby, director of the ensemble Sequentia.

Professional Master’s Degree Programme ‘The Performance Practice of Medieval Music’

A professional master’s degree programme in ‘The Performance Practice of Medieval Music’ was created in 2005 at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). It is designed to respond to the needs of advanced-level musicians (mainly singers) who wish to complete their training with theoretical and practical instruction given within a university context. The programme’s implantation at the Sorbonne is justified not only by the presence of a team of instructors recognized for their professional excellence both as scholars and performers, but also by the possibility of collaboration with other academic departments teaching related disciplines, specialized schools nearby (École Nationale des Chartes, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris), and the Musée National du Moyen Age.

More information at the Sorbonne website.


In the context of our residence at the Fondation Royaumont, a masterclass A day in the life of a medieval cantor was held in June 2013. This work will be continued in 2014, including Parisian virtuosic musical repertories of the late XIIIth century. Our session will concentrate on the office of St Louis, composed to celebrate the holy king, canonised at the end of the 13th century.


  • Katarina Livljanić, singer, musicologist (maître de conférences at the University of Paris-Sorbonne), artistic director of the ensemble Dialogos
  • Benjamin Bagby, singer, harpist, artistic director of the ensemble Sequentia, instructor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne
  • Jean-Baptiste Lebigue, specialist in medieval liturgy, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS)

The course will culminate in a new creation by the ensemble Dialogos, whose singers will join course participants in a concert of the Fondation Royaumont musical season (20 September 2014, 5:30 pm).

The new programme will be focused on the office for Saint Louis in the context of polyphonic repertoires related to the king, and will also be related to the encyclopedic work Speculum majus by the Dominican friar Vincent de Beauvais (died in Royaumont in 1264), one of the most important intellectuals in St Louis’s entourage.Speculum Maius, a large interdisciplinary summa of XIIIth century western world, was the result of a long team effort (1240-1260) led by the Cistercian monks of Royaumont and the dominicans from St Jacques in Paris, at the urging of St Louis.

Dates: 3–9 May 2014