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. 

Spring 2023

January 25 (in person): Dr. Kevin O'Brien (Ph.D. candidate, University of Maryland, College Park), "Towards a Methodology of the disciplina musicae sacrae"

February 1 (in person): Dr. Deborah Lawrence (Professor Emerita, St. Mary's College of Maryland), "Orality, Technology, and Liminal Spaces: How Music Streaming Mirrors Renaissance Transitions"

February 15 (in person): Dr. Mary Catherine Stoumbos (Instructional Coach, Catholic University's Center for Teaching Excellence), "Shaping Citizens in the Music Classroom"

March 1 (in person): Dr. William Watson (Washington, DC), "Network Analysis for the Aspiring Digital Musicologist"

March 15 (online): Dr. Dwandalyn Reece (Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture), "Musical Crossroads: Stories Behind the Objects of African American Music"

March 22 (in person): Dr. Elizabeth Massey (Adjunct Faculty, Towson University), "Teaching as a Content Novice"

March 29 (in person): Dr. Karen Leistra-Jones (Associate Professor of Music, Franklin & Marshall College), "(Re-)Enchanting Performance: Joseph Joachim and the Spirit of Beethoven"

April 5 (online): Dr. Natalie Zelensky (Associate Professor of Music, Colby College), "American Ambassador or Russian exile? Nicolas Slonimsky's 1962 USSR Tour and the Politics of 'Insider' Cold War Music Exchange"

April 19 (online): Dr. Arne Spohr (Associate Professor of Musicology, Bowling Green State University), "Colonial Soundscapes in Otto Friedrich von der Gröben’s Guinean Travelogue (1694)"

Fall 2022

September 21 (online): Dr. Janie Cole (Associate Lecturer, University of Cape Town), "Music, Power, and Foreign Encounters in the Christian Kingdom of Sixteenth-Century Ethiopia"

September 28 (in person): Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (Performing Arts Librarian, Towson University), "Creating a Digital Micro-edition of Selections from Mabel Dodge Luhan’s 'Whirling around Mexico'"

October 12 (online): Dr. Joseph A. Mann (Master Teacher, North Phoenix Preparatory Academy), "Vice and Virtue Versified in English Broadside Ballads from Henry VIII through Charles I"

October 26 (online): Peter Kohanski (Ph.D. candidate, University of North Texas), "Between Embodied Performance and Digital Media: Theorizing Carpatho-Rusyn Chant"

November 2 (in person): Dr. Katherine Preston (David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music Emerita, College of William & Mary), "'A Composer of Native Independence and Originality': George Frederick Bristow (18251898) and American Musical Nationalism"

November 30 (online): Dr. Fernando Rios (Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland, College Park), "Salvadoran Activist Musicians and the USCentral America Solidarity Movement in Washington, DC"

December 7 (in person): Dr. Anthony DelDonna (Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music, Georgetown University), "Una danza straordinaria: The feste da ballo Tradition in Early Modern Naples"