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.  Occasionally the in-person meetings will also be made available in a hybrid modality.  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 2024

January 17 (hybrid): Dr. Kip Lornell (Retired Adjunct Professor, George Washington University), "Musical Tourism and Authenticity"

January 24 (hybrid): Meghan Creek (Ph.D. candidate, University of Maryland, College Park), "Stomping Neckbeards and Stealing Power: The Rise of Antifascist Black Metal"

January 31 (hybrid): John Davis (Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park), "Suburban Wasteland: Punk in Montgomery County, Maryland, 19772002"

February 14 (online): Dr. Laurie McManus (Associate Professor of Music History, Shenandoah University), "The Uncanny Double: Sound and Trauma in Matthew Holness's Possum (2018)"

February 28 (hybrid): Dr. Gretchen Carlson (Lecturer in Music History & Culture, Towson University), "'Calling Your Name': Jon Batiste's Call for Unity and Social Justice through Boundary-Defying Jazz and Creative Collaborations"

March 6 (in person): Matthew Gabay (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "Pachelbel Comes Home—Or, Who Published Pachelbel's Hexachordum Apollinis?"

March 20 (in person): Dr. Christopher Booth (Adjunct Instructional Faculty, Old Dominion University), "Arvo Pärt on Screen: Theology, Trauma, and Transfiguration"

April 3 (in person): Dr. Micaela Baranello (Assistant Professor of Music, Temple University), "Opera About Opera: Staging Metatheater at the Met and Dutch National Opera"

April 10 (in person): Dr. Charles Youmans (Professor of Musicology, Penn State University), "Mahler's Convalescence: A 'God-Seeker' Confronts the Mature Nietzsche"

April 17 (online): Dr. Emily Abrams Ansari (Associate Professor of Music History, Western University), with Joel Martinez Lorenzana (Ph.D. student, Western University), "Music and Healing in Post-Civil-War El Salvador: The Possibilities of StudentFaculty Collaboration in the Humanities"


Fall 2023

September 20 (hybrid): Dr. Karen Uslin (Director of Research, the Defiant Requiem Foundation), "Facing the Outside: Working Views on Public Musicology"

September 27 (in person): Dr. Robynn Stilwell (Associate Professor of Musicology, Georgetown University), "From Cinematic Songwriter to Film Composer: Robbie Robertson and the Polyvalence of 'Cinematic'"

October 11 (in person): Dr. Stacey Jocoy (Music Specialist, Library of Congress), "Transnational Musical Flows: Celtic-Japanese Fantasy Soundtracks"

October 25 (hybrid): Dr. Matthew Franke (Master Instructor and Area Coordinator of Music History, Howard University), "Masks, Veils, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Twenty-Four Negro Melodies"

November 29 (hybrid): Dr. Jessica Grimmer (Archivist, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland College Park; Performing Arts Specialist, United States Copyright Office), "Music Education in the Capital of the Resistance: The Conservatoire de Lyon under the Nazi Occupation and Vichy Regime"

December 6 (in person): Dr. Christopher Campo-Bowen (Assistant Professor of Musicology, Virginia Tech University), "Visions of the Village: Ruralness, Identity, and Czech Opera"