About us

Research has always been a key element of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis since it was explicitly founded as an “Institute for Teaching and Research in the Field of Early Music” in 1933.

Today the Research Department consists of permanent staff members, supported by colleagues from the teaching staff, and of research fellows of the projects. An important aim is to connect our research with current issues related to historical performance practice and thus to inform teaching at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as well as to interact with the international community of musicology. These efforts are documented by numerous research projects and cooperations and are also aided by the scientific advisory board of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Rolf Wissmann

Rolf Wissmann

Forschungsteam «Vicentino21»
Forschungsteam «Polifonia Sforzesca»


Rolf Wissmann studied musicology, history and German literature in Zurich (BA). After an internship at the Reger Werkausgabe in Karlsruhe he graduated in musicology at the University of Vienna (2017). His master thesis consists in a digital edition of selected works of the Viennese court composer Wenzel Raimund Birck (1718-1763).  His research interests include digital musicology and particularly digital music edition and encoding. He participated in several summer schools to improve his skills in the implementation of digital methods in the humanities. Since January 2018 he is a member of the research project “Polifonia Sforzesca” at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and especially responsible for the conception and design of the new research portal.