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 at 11:00 am.  This year, we will alternate between meeting in person, in room 139 of Ward Hall, and meeting fully online, on Zoom.  If you would like to receive the link for the Zoom meeting, please send an email to Dr. Weaver ( Click here for an archive of Colloquium meetings from previous years.

Fall 2021

September 15 (in person): Dr. Karen Uslin (Director of Research, the Defiant Requiem Foundation), "Struttin' in Golden Slippers: Ferko String Band, Mummers Parades, and Musical Legacy in the City of Brotherly Love"

September 22 (online): Dr. Siv B. Lie (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland, College Park), "The Stakes of Refusal: Problems of Essentialism in Jazz Manouche"

September 29 (online): Dr. Alanna Ropchock Tierno (Auxiliary Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History, Shenandoah University), "A New Ordinary? Tropes in Lutheran Polyphonic Masses"

October 6 (in person): Dr. Matthew F. Reese (Lecturer in Musicology, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University), "'The Lion of the Musical Hour': Richard Strauss and the Americans, 1904"

October 13 (in person): Dr. August Sheehy (Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory, Stony Brook University), "Music before the Law: Gottfried Weber and the Sovereignty of Theory"

October 20 (in person): Dr. Kendra Salois (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, American University), "Extraction, Coloniality, and Analytical Complicity in Moroccan Heritage Pop"

October 27 (online): Dr. Vicki Stroeher (Professor of Music History, Marshall University), "Markers of Time, Diegesis, and Ritualized Action in Britten's Canticle IV, 'The Journey of the Magi'"

November 10 (online): Dr. Steven D. Zohn (Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music, Temple University), "The Cadenza as Calling-Card: Improvisatory Remembrances in Nineteenth-Century Autograph Albums"

November 18 (online): Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo (Professor of Musicology, University of Maryland, College Park), "Commemorating the Virgin Mary in Cambrai: The Motets 'Ave Maria ... Virgo serena' and 'Omnium bonorum plena': New Findings"

December 1 (online): Dr. James Steichen (Director of Individual Gifts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music), "Carefully Taught: Thoughts on Musical Canons and Musicology Careers"