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 continues to meet virtually this semester, on Wednesdays at 11:00 am 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 2021

February 3: Dr. David J. Rothenberg (Associate Professor of Musicology, Case Western Reserve University), "Mourning, Penitence, and the Sounds of Sorrow: Devotional Culture and Musical Style in the Long Fifteenth Century"

February 10: Dr. Alexander Fisher (Professor of Musicology, University of British Columbia), "Gleich als junge Nachtigallen: The Jesuits and Musical Catechesis in Germany, 1600–1650"

February 24: Dr. Beth Glixon (instructor, University of Kentucky), "A Father and Daughter Speak: Barbara Strozzi's Opus 1"

March 3: Dr. Mary Ann Smart (Professor of Musicology, University of California, Berkeley), "'Words are the Noises Humans Make': Listening to Accent and Sound in French New Wave Cinema"

March 10: Kevin McDonald (Ph.D. candidate, Catholic University), "Hearing the American Civil Rights Movement in the Music of Max Roach"

March 17: Dr. Laura Tunbridge (Professor of Music, University of Oxford), "'Molto espressivo...senza vib.': The Sonic Worlds of String Quartets"

March 24: Dr. Matthew D. Morrison (Assistant Professor, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University), "Blacksound and Intellectual Property in the Composition of Americana"

March 31: Dr. Ingrid Monson (Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Harvard University), "Max Roach and Randy Weston: Musicians' Archives and Reshaping Jazz History"

April 7: Gretchen Erlichman (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), "Das Volkslied, das Vöglein, das Vaterland: A Historical Analysis of Schumann's Settings of 'Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'"

April 21: Dr. Paul Schleuse (Associate Professor of Musicology, Binghamton University), "Bastardizing Gender: Canzonettas and Homosociality in Early Modern Bologna"

April 28: Miriam Trujillo (senior music history major, Catholic University), "Delicate Words: Finding the Romantic Fragment in Literature, Translating It into Music"

Fall 2020

September 16: Dr. Stephen Rose (Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London), "Protected Publications: Privileges for Printed Music in German-Speaking Lands, 1550–1650"

September 30: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Professor of Musicology, Catholic University), "Cyclicity in Schumann's Myrthen, op. 25: A Key to the Coherence of His Least Understood Song Cycle"

October 7: Dr. Jonathan Glixon (Professor of Musicology, University of Kentucky), "A Memorable and Joyous Spectacle: The Sound World of Foreign Ambassadors in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Venice"

October 14: Dr. Jane A. Bernstein (Austin Fletcher Professor of Music Emerita, Tufts University), "Printing Musical Spectacle: Cavalieri's Rappresentatione di anima, et di corpo (1600)"

October 21: Dr. Stephen Rodgers (Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship, University of Oregon), "Clara Schumann, Reading against the Grain"

October 28: Dr. Nicole Biamonte (Associate Professor of Music Theory, McGill University), "Analyzing Recorded Popular Music"

November 11: Dr. Valeria De Lucca (Associate Professor of Music, University of Southampton), "Parodies of Bellini's Operas for the London Stage"

November 18: Dr. Drew Edward Davies (Associate Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University), "Colonialism and Music in Habsburg New Spain"

December 2: Dr. Roger Freitas (Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music), "A Pope, a Cardinal, and a Musician Walk into a Palace: Games of Wit in Il palazzo incantato (1642)"