The Catholic University Musicology Colloquium was instituted in Fall 2005 as an important component of the graduate program in musicology.  At colloquium meetings, students are given the opportunity to meet guest speakers from around the country, who present their recent research and/or discuss important aspects of musicological research and the field of musicology in general.  CUA graduate students also have the opportunity to present their own original research.  Colloquium not only allows students to make important contacts with renowned scholars, but it also introduces them to important aspects of life as a musicologist.  In addition, it helps foster a sense of community among the students and faculty in the Musicology Academic Area.

Colloquium meets on Wednesdays from 11:00 until noon in Ward Hall, room 211. Click here for an archive of Colloquium meetings from previous years.


Spring  2019

January 23: Dr. Nicole Powlison (adjunct instructor, Catholic University), “Creating an Edition: Cabildo by Amy Beach”

February 6: Anna Brashears (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), “Now We Are Dead: Ethel Voynich’s Epitaph in Ballad Form and the Aftermath of Rebellion”

February 13: Felipe Dominguez (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), “The Clavichord: Every Keyboard Player’s First Grammar”

February 27: J. Mackenzie Pierce (Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University), “Trauma Reframed: The Ends of Musical Modernism in the Polish Bloodlands”

March 6: Dr. Ronit Seter (independent scholar), “Beautiful without the Arrogance of Beauty: Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin (2000)”

March 20: Dr. Maria Anne Purciello (associate professor of musicology, University of Delaware), “Docere, delectare, movere: Opera and the Commedia dell’arte in Barberini Rome”

March 27: Dr. Laura Youens (professor emerita, George Washington University), “The Other Josquin”

April 3: Dr. Evan A. MacCarthy (assistant professor of musicology, West Virginia University), “Erudite Eyes and Ears in Early Modern Italy”

April 10: Flannery Jamison (senior music history major, Catholic University), "'Say, Now You Lovely Social Band': Shape-Note Singing in the Antebellum South"

April 24: Kevin C. McDonald (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), “Iterations of Tin Pan Alley Exoticism in the Modern Jazz Canon”


Fall 2018

September 12: Dr. Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (adjunct instructor, American University), “Leonard Bernstein: Politics, Presidents, and Protest”

September 26: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (professor of musicology, Catholic University), “Who Sees the Erlkönig? Focalization and Meaning in Two Settings of Goethe’s Poem”

October 3: Dr. Natasha Roule (independent scholar), “The Tragédie en musique in Brittany: War, Propaganda, and the Locality of Opera in Seventeenth-Century France”

October 17: Dr. James Doering (professor of music, Randolph-Macon College), “Standards and Stereotypes: Finding Bach’s Place in Silent Era Film Music”

October 24: Dr. Roseen Giles (assistant professor of musicology, Duke University), “‘Rappresentare al vivo’: Style and Representation in Early Modern Italy”

November 7: Dr. Benjamin Binder (associate professor of music, Duquesne University), “Performance Matters in Heine: Reading, Translating, Composing, Singing, and Playing Heine’s ‘Schlechtes Wetter’”

November 14: Dr. Kenneth Stilwell (Catholic University alumnus, Ph.D. 2018), “Schumann’s ‘Das verlassene Mägdlein,’ op. 64/2 and ‘Herzeleid,’ op. 107/1: Between Naturalist Idealism and Idealist Naturalism”

November 28: Dr. Emily Bell (adjunct instructor, Catholic University), “Realism via Folk Culture: Mussorgsky’s ‘Hopak’”