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 2022

February 2 (online): Dr. Rachel McNellis (Archives Processing Technician, Library of Congress), "Digital Preservation in Music Research and Composition"

February 16 (in person): Dr. Loren Kajikawa (Associate Professor of Musicology, The George Washington University) leads a discussion of his article "Leaders of the New School? Music Departments, Hip-Hop, and the Challenge of Significant Difference," Twentieth-Century Music 18, no. 1 (February 2021): 45–64; please read the article prior to attending the meeting

February 23 (online): Dr. Steven Saunders (James M. Gillespie Professor of Music, Colby College) and Dr. Alexander Dean (Editor, A-R Editions), "Critical Editions and the Business of Music Publishing"

March 2 (online): Dr. Joe Davies (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, Maynooth University and University of California, Irvine), "Hearing, Feeling, and Interpreting the Gothic in Franz Schubert's Music for Four Hands"

March 16 (online): Dr. Rebecca Cypess (Associate Professor of Musicology, Rutgers University), "Girolamo Frescobaldi's Fiori musicali: Music and Flowery Metaphors in Early Modern Europe"

March 23 (in person/hybrid): Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Professor of Musicology, Catholic University), "Defining the Holy Roman Empire in a Music Print: The Novus thesaurus musicus (1568) between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism"

March 30 (online): Dr. Michael Alan Anderson (Associate Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music), "Reconceiving Josquin's Ave Maria ... Virgo serena"

April 6 (in person/hybrid): Anna Brashears (Ph.D. candidate, Catholic University), "Shattered by Actuality: Russian Nihilism in Three Cantatas by Ethel Voynich"

April 13 (in person/hybrid): Natalie Barsoum (Ph.D. candidate, Catholic University), "Marie Jaëll and Victor Hugo’s Les Orientales"

April 20 (online): Dr. Candace Bailey (Neville Distinguished Professor of the Visual and Performing Arts, North Carolina Central University), "Imaging Black Gentility in the Post-Civil War United States" (Please note that this presentation, originally scheduled to be in person, will now be held fully online)

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 17 (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"