• 2023-2024

    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"

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

    March 20 (hybrid): 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"



  • 2022-2023

    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"

    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)"

  • 2021-2022

    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"

    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 the Grotesque in 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"

  • 2020-2021

    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)"

    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"

  • 2019-2020

    September 16: Professor (Fr.) Ignacio Ribera Martin (The Catholic University of America), "Aristotle's View of the Natural World and How We Come to Know It"

    September 23: Professor James McCrery (The Catholic University of America), "The Architecture and Acoustics of the Wiener Musikverein" 

    October 21: Gretchen Erlichman (Ph.D. student, The Catholic University of America), "The La Clayette Motets: New Perspectives on the Thirteenth-Century Motet and its Use in the Medieval Divine Office in France."

    October 28: Fr. Michael O'Connor, O.P. (The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), "A Theological Perspective on Present-Day Liturgical Music"

    November 4: Professor Guido Olivieri (University of Texas) and Professor Federico Gon (University of Vienna), "Domenico Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto: An Opera with Two Premieres"

    November 11: Dr. Mark Janello (Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), "Music Teaching in Neapolitan Conservatories in the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries: The Art of Partimento"

    November 18: Natalie Barsoum (Ph.D. student, The Catholic University of America), "Necessity is the Mother of Inventae: Designations and Devotions in the Publication of Natale Monferrato’s Motetti a voce sola, Op. 4."

    November 25: Dr. Kurt Poterack (Christendom College), "The Decline of Melody in American Popular Music"

    December 2: Dr. Sara Pecknold (The Catholic University of America), "The Merciful Doctor: Primicerio Tiepolo and Devotion to the Blood of Christ in Early Modern Venice"

    February 3: Dr. Sara Pecknold (The Catholic University of America), "Gaude Virgo: Devotion to the Joys of Mary in Art and Music"

    February 24: Matthew Gabay (Ph.D. candidate, The Catholic University of America), "All the Notes That Are Fit to Print: The First Two Centuries of Music Printing"

    March 30: Dr. Patrick Tuite (The Catholic University of America), "An Improbable Artaban: Robert Leigh and the Development of Katherine Philips's Pompey"

    April 6: Dr. Marta Robertson (Gettysburg Colege), "The Uncommon 'Gift to Be Simple': Japanese-American Influence in Appalachian Spring"

    April 27: Benjamin Shields (B.A. student, The Catholic Universty of America) presents his senior thesis

    May 4: Gretchen Erlichman (Ph.D. student, The Catholic University of America), "Nuns, New Orleans, and Nouvelles Poésies: The Ursulines and Music in Eighteenth-Century New Orleans"

  • 2018-2019

    September 12: Dr. Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (adjunct instructor, American University), “Leonard Bernstein: Politics, Presidents, and Protest”

    September 26: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (professor of musicology, Catholic University), “Who Sees the Erlkönig? Focalization and Meaning in Two Settings of Goethe’s Poem”

    October 3: Dr. Natasha Roule (independent scholar), “The Tragédie en musique in Brittany: War, Propaganda, and the Locality of Opera in Seventeenth-Century France”

    October 17: Dr. James Doering (professor of music, Randolph-Macon College), “Standards and Stereotypes: Finding Bach’s Place in Silent Era Film Music”

    October 24: Dr. Roseen Giles (assistant professor of musicology, Duke University), “‘Rappresentare al vivo’: Style and Representation in Early Modern Italy”

    November 7: Dr. Benjamin Binder (associate professor of music, Duquesne University), “Performance Matters in Heine: Reading, Translating, Composing, Singing, and Playing Heine’s ‘Schlechtes Wetter’”

    November 14: Dr. Kenneth Stilwell (Catholic University alumnus, Ph.D. 2018), “Schumann’s ‘Das verlassene Mägdlein,’ op. 64/2 and ‘Herzeleid,’ op. 107/1: Between Naturalist Idealism and Idealist Naturalism”

    November 28: Dr. Emily Bell (adjunct instructor, Catholic University), “Realism via Folk Culture: Mussorgsky’s ‘Hopak’”

    January 23: Dr. Nicole Powlison (adjunct instructor, Catholic University), “Creating an Edition: Cabildo by Amy Beach”

    February 6: Anna Brashears (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), “Now We Are Dead: Ethel Voynich’s Epitaph in Ballad Form and the Aftermath of Rebellion”

    February 13: Felipe Dominguez (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), “The Clavichord: Every Keyboard Player’s First Grammar”

    February 27: J. Mackenzie Pierce (Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University), “Trauma Reframed: The Ends of Musical Modernism in the Polish Bloodlands”

    March 6: Dr. Ronit Seter (independent scholar), “Beautiful without the Arrogance of Beauty: Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin (2000)”

    March 20: Dr. Maria Anne Purciello (associate professor of musicology, University of Delaware), “Docere, delectare, movere: Opera and the Commedia dell’arte in Barberini Rome”

    March 27: Dr. Laura Youens (professor emerita, George Washington University), “The Other Josquin”

    April 3: Dr. Evan A. MacCarthy (assistant professor of musicology, West Virginia University), “Erudite Eyes and Ears in Early Modern Italy”

    April 10: Flannery Jamison (senior music history major, Catholic University), “‘Say, Now You Lovely Social Band’: Shape-Note Singing in the Antebellum South” 

    April 24: Kevin C. McDonald (Ph.D. student, Catholic University), “Iterations of Tin Pan Alley Exoticism in the Modern Jazz Canon”

  • 2017-2018

    September 20: Dr. Alanna Ropchock Tierno (Auxiliary Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History, Shenandoah University), "Early Lutheran Perspectives of the Polyphonic Mass from the Johann Walter Choirbooks"

    September 27: Greg Martin (independent scholar), "The Record and How It Created a New Dialectic in Music: The Paradigm Shift Introduced by Recording Technology"

    October 11: Dr. Karen Uslin (Adjunct Professor of Music History, Rowan University), "Reviewing Music of the Abyss: The Terezin Music Critiques of Viktor Ullmann"

    October 18: Dr. Bonny Miller (independent scholar), "From Russia to Paris via New York: An Antebellum Fantasia"

    October 25: Dr. Angela Mace-Christian (independent scholar), "The Nocturne, the Lied ohne Worte, and the Development of the Character Piece in the Nineteenth Century"

    November 8: Dr. Teresa Gialdroni (Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Rome - Tor Vergata), "The Seventeenth-Century Chamber Cantata in Naples: A Historiographic Gap That Must Be Filled"

    November 15: Dr. Huib Schippers (Director and Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), "Music Sustainability: An Ecological Approach"

    December 6: Matthew Gabay (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Finding Nuremberg: Pre-Dissertation Journeys, Summer 2017"

    January 10: Dr. Amy Wlodarski (Associate Professor of Music, Dickinson College), "George Rochberg: The Long Road to Ars Combinatoria"

    January 24: Dr. Rebecca Cypess (Associate Professor of Musicology, Rutgers University), "Agency and Authorship in the Late Eighteenth-Century Salon: Two Case Studies"

    February 7: Dr. William Robin (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Maryland, College Park), "‘A New Romanticism?’: The New York Philharmonic’s 1983 Horizons Festival and the Composer in the Marketplace"

    February 14: Dr. Emily H. Green (Assistant Professor of Music, George Mason University), "Was Printed Music a Luxury Commodity in the Eighteenth Century?"

    February 21: Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (Lecturer in Musicology, CUA), "Neoclassicism, Psychoanalysis, and the Mythic Heroine in Martha Graham and Carlos Chávez’s Dark Meadow"

    February 28: Joy-Leilani Garbutt (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "Les Femmes Françaises et l’Orgue: French Organists, Composers, and Performers, 1872–1954"

    March 14: Dr. Erika Honisch (Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory, Stony Brook University), "The End of Harmony: Music, Sound, and Religious Pluralism in Early Modern Prague" 

    April 4: David Ottinger (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), “Form in Progressive Rock”  

    April 11: Dr. Eric Bianchi (Assistant Professor of Music, Fordham University), “The Miraculous, the Ordinary, and the Impossible: Athanasius Kircher and the Language of the Musical Modes”

    April 18: Peter Kohanski (senior music history major, CUA), "Water Parties, Fireworks, and Royal Public Image: Re-evaluating Handel's Instrumental Music in London"  

    April 25: Laura Curl (M.A. student, CUA), "Aesthetic Principles of Franck and Wagner in Henri Duparc's Mélodies" 

  • 2016-2017

    September 7: Dr. Marica Tacconi (Professor of Musicology and Associate Director of the School of Music, Pennsylvania State University), "The Service Books of the Florentine Cathedral: Art, Music, and Ritual in Late Medieval and Renaissance Florence (ca. 1150-1526)"

    September 21: Dr. Michael Austin (Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film, Howard University), "How to Make a Prison Video If You've Never Been to Prison: Representing the Incarcerated in Music Videos"

    September 28: Dr. Loren Ludwig, "'Marketh it well': William Bathe's Table (1596) and Experimental Practice"

    October 5: Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (adjunct instructor, CUA), "Mabel Dodge Luhan, Carlos Chávez, and Whirling around Mexico"

    October 12: Dr. David Andrés Fernández (Professor, Universidad Austral de Chile), "Plainchant Sources in Chile from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century"

    October 19: Dr. Lars Helgert (adjunct instructor, CUA), "Music Scholarship and Music Publishers: Common Problems and Potential Solutions"

    October 26: Dr. Sara Pecknold (Clinical Assistant Professor of Musicology, CUA), "Pretiosissimo sangue: Giulio Strozzi and the Sacri musicali affetti (1655)"

    November 16: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Professor of Musicology and Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, CUA), "Manuel de Falla, Roberto Sierra, Catholicism, Nationalism, and On Being from the Fringe."

    November 30: Dr. Esperanza Berrocal (adjunct instructor, CUA), "Ricardo Viñes and Enrique Granados: A Documented Friendship"

    December 7: Joseph Mann (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "'What built a World, may sure repair a State': Royalist Propaganda Music in the English Interregnum"

    January 11: Dr. Ralph Locke (Professor Emeritus of Musicology, Eastman School of Music), "Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru: Exoticism in a Metastasio Libretto as Set by Hasse and by Handel"

    January 18: Dr. Olga Haldey (Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Maryland, College Park), "'Bach is a Great Responsibility': The B-Minor Mass and Other Classics in the Maksimova-Vasiliev Film Fouetté (1986)"

    January 25: Dr. Anna Harwell Celenza (Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music, Georgetown University), "Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra"

    February 1: Dr. Matthew Franke (Lecturer, Howard University), "The Reception of Translated Opera: A Theoretical Introduction and Some Practical Examples"

    February 8: Dr. Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita (Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC), "Urban Convents and Music Networks in Early Modern Barcelona"

    February 15: Natalie Barsoum (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Sacred Music in the Liturgy in the Light of Tra le sollecitudiniMediator DeiSacrosanctum concilium, and the Writings of Pope Benedict XVI" 

    February 22: Lillian Blotkamp (Ph.D. candidate, Washington University in St. Louis), "'Heer vader hebt den ewigen loff': Liturgy in the Life and Song of the Devotio Moderna"

    March 1: Dr. John Edward Hasse (Curator of American Music, Smithsonian Institution), "Curating American Music"

    March 15: Janet McKinney (Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Trust Archivist, Library of Congress), "My Irish Song of Songs: Irish-American Identity in Popular Song and Musical Theater"

    March 29: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Professor of Musicology, CUA), "The Pleasures and Perils of Source Studies, with Examples from the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Centuries"

    April 5: Dr. Jacqueline Avila (Assistant Professor of Musicology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville), "Desire and Nostalgia: The Musicalization of Womanhood in Mexican Cinema (1931-1952)"

    April 19: Dr. Arne Spohr (Associate Professor of Musicology, Bowling Green State University), "Privileged Dependency: The Legal and Social Position of Black Court Trumpeters in Seventeenth-Century Germany"

    April 26: Christine An (senior, CUA), "Evidence of Gottfried von Strassburg and Schopenhauer in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde"

  • 2015-2016

    In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, all of the colloquium presenters in 2015 were alumni, faculty, or current students of the School of Music.

    September 9: Dr. Alexandre Abdoulaev (B.M. 2003, M.A. 2006; adjunct instructor, University of Delaware), "...So Shout and Feel It: Count Basie's Savoy Broadcasts and the Last Great Swing Revolution, 1937-38"

    September 16: Dr. Lars Helgert (M.M. 2001, Ph.D. 2008; adjunct instructor, CUA), "The 'Horst Wessel Lied' as Nazi Imagery and Displacement in Two Later Works by Lukas Foss"

    September 30: Dr. Charles Downey (M.A. 1994, Ph.D. 1998; Chair, Fine Arts Department, St. Anselm's Abbey School), "Filling the Void: How Musicologists Should Take up Where Newspaper Critics Leave off"

    October 7: Dr. Sara Pecknold (M.M. 2009, Ph.D. 2015; adjunct instructor, CUA), "In medio maris: Venice, San Pietro in vincoli, and Barbara Strozzi's Motets to Saint Peter"

    October 14: Christopher Bowen (M.M. 2011; Ph.D. candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Smetana's Apotheosis: Critical Polemics in Early Twentieth-Century Prague and the National Theater's 1000th Performance of The Bartered Bride"

    October 21: Gregory Thomas Martin (M.M. 2008; faculty member, Capital City Public Charter School; Ph.D. student, CUA), "The Record and the Creation of Hip-Hop Culture: How Technology Helped Create an African-American Musical Style"

    October 28: Lillian Blotkamp (B.M. 2011; Ph.D. candidate, Washington University in St. Louis), "Eumelio: A Music Drama in the Context of Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Education"

    November 4: Dr. Geraldine Rohling (Ph.D. 1996; Archivist, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception), "The Todtenbruderschaft: The Art and Music of Remembrance"

    November 18: Dr. Jeanice Brooks (Ph.D. 1990; Professor of Music, University of Southampton), "Listening as Redemption in the Aftermath of WWI"

    December 2: Dr. Robert A. Baker (Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory, CUA), "Progressive Forms: Pitch, Time, and Notation as Manifestations of Progressive Growth in Selected Works by Henri Dutilleux"

    December 9: Dr. Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011; adjunct instructor, American University), "Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts as Subtle Social and Political Activism"

    January 13: Dr. Fernando Rios (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland, College Park), "The Politics of Folkloric Music, Ethnicity, and Region in La Paz, Bolivia: Eastern Lowland Music, the Duo Las Kantutas, and the Populist Villarroel Government (1943-1946)"

    January 20: Dr. Dianne Lehmann Goldman (Lecturer, University of Maryland, College Park), "Intertextuality in Late-Seventeenth-Century Latin Villancicos for Mexico City Cathedral"

    January 27: Joseph Mann (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "Redefining a Monument: The Purpose of Thomas Mace's Musick's Monument"

    February 3: Dr. Bryan McCann (Professor of History, Georgetown University), "Vitor Ramil and the Milonga of Southern Brazil"

    February 10: Thomas Rohde (Ph.D. student, CUA), " 'Rasga o coração': Brazilian Nationalist Representation in the Text and Musical Setting of Heitor Villa-Lobos's Choros No. 10"

    February 17: Dr. Alanna Ropchock (Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University), "A Few Days in the Life of a Renaissance Mass: The Sources of Josquin's Missa de Beata Virgine"

    February 24: Dr. Jeffrey Kurtzman (Professor of Musicology, Washington University in St. Louis), "The Catholic Reformation and the Arts in Italy: Some Observations on Common Themes and Issues in Music and Painting"

    March 9: Dr. Robin Williams (M.M.S.M. 2008), "The Choral Music of Msgr. John Edward Ronan: Catalogue of Music Manuscripts, Contextual Examination, and Online Database"

    March 16: Dr. Allan W. Atlas (Professor Emeritus, City University of New York), "Vaughan Williams in the New York Crossfire: Olin and Harold vs. Virgil and Paul"

    March 30: Dr. Katherine Preston (David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music, College of William and Mary), "In Search of an Audience: English-Language Opera in Late Nineteenth-Century America"

    April 6: Anna Brashears (M.A. student, CUA), "Beyond Healing: The Limits of Nature, Creativity, and Wandering in Robert Schumann's Kerner Liederreihe, Op. 35"

    April 13: Dr. Honey Meconi (Susan B. Anthony Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, Professor of Music, University of Rochester), "Caveat Cantor: Manuscript Differences in Hildegard's Songs"

    April 20: Dr. Emily Bell (adjunct instructor, CUA), "Honegger and Stravinsky: Stylistic Intersections"

  • 2014-2015

    September 17: Dr. Robert C. Provine (Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, College Park), "Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Sound Recordings of Korean Music"

    October 1: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, CUA), "Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe"

    October 8: Dr. Carol A. Hess (Professor, University of California, Davis), "Aaron Copland in Latin America during the Cold War: Cultural Diplomacy and the Memory of the Good Neighbor"

    October 15: Dr. Angeline Van Evera (Independent Scholar and Ph.D. alumna, CUA), "Schubert, Well Temperament, and the Conception of Key: Defending the Transpositions in Winterreise"

    October 22: Dr. Tim Carter (David G. Frey Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "From Scenario to Musical Play: New Light on the Creation of Carousel"

    October 29: Dr. Karen Ahlquist (Associate Professor, The George Washington University), "Listening to 1876: Themes in Musical Reception at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition"

    November 5: Dr. David Larkin (Lecturer in Musicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), "'One of the past': Richard Strauss's Self-Image and the Dynamics of History"

    November 12: Dr. Bonny H. Miller (Independent Scholar), "Telling Her Story: Writing the Counterpoint of Augusta Browne's Life in American Music and Letters"

    November 19: Dr. Jorge Torres (Associate Professor, Lafayette College), "The Rhetoric of Melody: Aspects of French Lyricism in Seventeenth-Century pieces de luth"

    December 3: Dr. Laura Youens (Professor Emerita, The George Washington University), "The Canterbury Festival and T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral"


    In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, all of the colloquium presenters in 2015 were alumni, faculty, or current students of the School of Music.

    January 21: Dr. David Hildebrand (Ph.D. 1992; Adjunct Instructor, the Peabody Conservatory), "Two National Anthems? Music and Parody during the War of 1812 in America"

    January 28: Kevin Frecker (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Brahms's Vier ernste Gesänge: Biblical Romanticism"

    February 11: Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (Clinical Assistant Professor of Musicology, CUA), "Carlos Chávez and Modern Music"  

    February 18: Dr. Elise Kirk (Ph.D. 1977), "Perspectives on American Opera"

    February 25: Dr. Anthony DelDonna (Ph.D. 1998; Associate Professor of Musicology, Georgetown University), "Cantatas in Honor of San Gennaro: Early Modern Martyr, Miracle Worker, and Musical Protagonist"

    March 4: Dr. Matthew D. Morrison (M.A. 2008; Faculty Fellow, New York University), "Improvising and Scripting Identity in American Popular Music"

    March 18: Dr. Denise Gallo (Ph.D.1997; Provincial Archivist, Daughters of Charity Province of Saint Louise), "Crafting Verdi's Librettos from Foreign-Language Literary Sources." This presentation was offered in conjunction with the School of Music's production of Verdi's Rigoletto, part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

    March 25: Rachel McNellis (B.M. 2011, M.A. 2014; Ph.D. student, Case Western Reserve University), "Inscribing the Marian Feasts: An Immaculist Interpretation of Guillaume Du Fay and Gilles Carlier's Recollectio Festorum Beatae Mariae Virginis"

    April 8: Christopher Booth (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "Mise-en-scène, Mozart, and the Unlikely Lutheran Chorale in Pawlikowski's Ida"

    April 15: Dr. Andrew Simpson (Professor of Composition and Theory, CUA), "Neo-Hellenic Identity and Resistance in Mikis Theodorakis's Operatic Antigone"

    April 22: Joseph Mann (Ph.D. student, CUA), "'Take them all and hang them one by one': English Church-Music Pamphlets as Political Propaganda, 1640-1643."

  • 2013-2014

    September 9: Joseph Mann (Ph.D. student, CUA), "John Dowland's A Pilgrimes Solace as Morally and Musically Instructive"

    September 16: Thad Garrett (CUA Music Library Assistant) presents on recent changes to the CUA Libraries website and electronic resources

    September 30: Dr. Emily H. Green (Assistant Professor, George Mason University), "'By the Author Him-, Her-, or Itself': The Story of Music's Circulation in the Late Eighteenth Century"

    October 7: Sara Pecknold (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "Tongues of Men and Angels: Barbara Strozzi's Motets to Saints Benedict, Jerome, and Anthony"

    October 21: James Steichen (Ph.D. candidate, Princeton University), "George Balanchine's First Ballets in America: The Stories of SerenadeAlma Mater, and Transcendence"

    October 28: Matthew D. Morrison (Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University), "Sound in the Construction of Race in Nineteenth-Century America"

    November 4: Kevin Frecker (Ph.D. student, CUA), "The Second Vatican Council and Gerald Near's Missa Orbis Factor"

    November 11: Dr. Matthew Mugmon (Assistant Professor, University of Arizona), "Copland, Mahler, and the Hidden Ancestry of American Music"

    November 18: Gregory T. Martin (Capital City Public Charter School; Ph.D. student, CUA), "From Formula to Fanfare: How Music Education Moved from a Science to a Performance-Based Curriculum" 

    November 25: Rachel McNellis (M.A. student, CUA), "Du Fay and Carlier: The Recollectio Festorum Beatae Mariae Virginis as Theological Commentary on Marian Devotion and Iconography in Late Medieval Cambrai"

    December 2: Tom Rohde (Ph.D. student, CUA), "The Projection of Identity and Nationalism in the Brazilian Modinha"

    January 13: David Ottinger (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Music as Confrontation: Fin-de-siècle Vienna in the First Movement of Mahler's Third Symphony"

    January 27: Dr. Laurie McManus (Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University), "Brahms's Operatic Overtures"

    February 10: Dr. Aaron Ziegel (Assistant Professor, Towson University), "An American Opera Abroad: Arthur Nevin's Poia(1910) and the Berlin Press 'on the Attack'"

    February 17: Dr. Ellen Welch (Assistant Professor of French, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Ballets of Peace: Dance and Diplomacy at the End of the Thirty Years' War"

    February 24: Daniel Boomhower (Head, Reader Services Section, Music Division, Library of Congress; Ph.D. candidate, Case Western Reserve University), "Fixing Bach: Manuscript Transmission of the B-Minor Mass in Late Eighteenth-Century Berlin"

    March 3: Dr. Stephen Husarik (Professor, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith), "A Comic Interpretation of the Cantus Firmus in Beethoven's Große Fuge, Opus 133"

    March 17: Topher Booth (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Preexisting Music in Art Film: Meaning, Characterization, and Expectation"

    March 24: Dr. Pamela Starr (Professor, University of Nebraska - Lincoln), "Cold War/Cold Peace: Howard and Horner's Take in Apollo 13"

    March 31: Philip Messing (B.M. student, CUA), "Making Them His Own: Musical Quotations in Shostakovich's Fifteenth Symphony."

    April 7: Dr. Charles Youmans (Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University), "Of Skyscrapers and Tone Poems: Strauss and Mahler in the USA"

    April 14: Tom Rohde (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Adaptation, Cultural Hybridity, and Identity in the Music and Poetry of Catullo da Paixão Cearense during Rio de Janeiro’s Belle Époque (1900-15)"

    April 28: Sara Pecknold (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), with Robin Smith, soprano and keyboard, and Diana Vieira, alto, "Madre d'amore: A Lecture-Recital about Redemptive Motherhood, Featuring Music by Barbara Strozzi and Giovanni Felice Sances"

  • 2012-2013

    13 September: Joseph Mann (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Both Scholars and Practitioners: The Pedagogy of Ethical Music Scholarship in Thomas Morley's Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke"

    27 September: Dr. Georgia J. Cowart (Professor, Case Western Reserve University), "The Performative Opera Audience in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries"

    11 October: Dr. Carol Marsh (Emerita Professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro), "The Elusive Baroque Polonaise"

    18 October: Dr. Jesus Ramos-Kittrell (Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University), "The Privilege and the Strategy: Race, Music, and the Church in the Construction of 'Calidad' in New Spain"

    25 October: Dr. Kip Lornell (Adjunct Instructor, George Washington University), "Turning Black into Gold" (presented in connection with the CUA production of Finian's Rainbow

    15 November: Dr. Stephen Thursby (Adjunct Instructor, George Washington University and the University of Maryland, College Park), "'Steht alles in der Partitur': Gustav Mahler's Aesthetics of Opera Production and his Work with Alfred Roller and Anna von Mildenburg in Vienna"

    29 November: The Alturas Duo, “‘El vuelo de tu alma’: The Creative Process of Chilean Composer Javier Farías” 

    6 December: Topher Booth (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Self-Imagery and Resilience: A Hermeneutic Analysis of Jewish Sound in Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2"

    January 10: Rev. Prof. Dr. Piotr Nawrot (CUA alumnus, musicologist, and SVD missionary), "The Jesuit Reductions: The Infusion of Indian Elements into Jesuit Musical Practice in Latin America during the Baroque"

    January 17: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Professor and Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music), "Singing Praises to Mary in a Foreign Land: A Salve Regina attributed to Victoria in Puebla, Mexico, and Marian Devotions in Colonial New Spain"

    January 31: Sara Pecknold (Ph.D. candidate, CUA) with Charles Humphries, countertenor, and Jeremy Filsell, harpsichord, “Tuos misericordes oculos: Transformative Beholding and Barbara Strozzi's Salve Regina (1655)”

    February 7: Kenneth Stilwell (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), “The Morphing of Madness: Heartache and the Imago Ophelia in a Late Schumann Song”

    February 21: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Associate Professor, CUA), “The Early Modern Music Print as Diplomatic Act: Andreas Rauch’s Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)”

    February 28: Dr. Michael Ruhling (Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology), “An Examination of Haydn’s Creation in Light of Edmund Burke’s ...Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

    March 14: Topher Booth (Ph.D. student, CUA), "A Transformation of Aesthetics: Implications of the Tristan und Isolde Prelude in Lars von Trier's Melancholia"

    March 21: Dr. Todd Decker (Assistant Professor, Washington University in Saint Louis), “Who Should Sing ‘Ol’ Man River’?”

    April 4: Dr. Anne Walters Robertson (Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Music, University of Chicago), "Royalty, Celebration, and Attribution in a Fourteenth-Century French Motet"

    April 11: Caitlin Miller (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Sister Gregory Duffy: An Asset to the Abbey and the Theater"

    April 18: Dr. Steven Zohn (Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music History, Temple University), “Morality, German Cultural Identity, and Telemann’s Faithful Music Master”

    April 25: Dr. Elizabeth Wells (Professor, Mount Allison University), "The Jewish West Side Story"

    May 2: Pamela Kane (D.M.A. Candidate, University of North Carolina, Greensboro), “Sounds of the Silent Cinema Organ Recalled in the Life and Works of Firmin Swinnen”

  • 2011-2012

    15 September: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Associate Professor, CUA), " 'Da hab ich ihr gestanden': Framing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe"

    22 September: Caitlin Miller (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Killing Him Softly (or Fiercely) with Her Song: Two Musical Settings of Heine's Lorelei"

    29 September: Sara Pecknold (Ph.D. student, CUA), " 'On lightest leaves do I fly': Barbara Strozzi, Anne of Austria, and I sacri musicali affetti (1655)"

    13 October: Dr. Markand Thacker (co-director of graduate conducting, Peabody Conservatory), "Really? Analyzing Can Help me Play (Conduct, Compose) More Beautifully?"

    20 October: Dr. Susan Boynton (Associate Professor, Columbia University), "Restoration or Invention? The Mozarabic and Neo-Mozarabic Chant in Toledo"

    27 October: Mark Eden Horowitz (Senior Music Specialist, Library of Congress; Adjunct Faculty, CUA), "Secrets of Researching in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, with a Particular Emphasis on the Leonard Bernstein Collection"

    3 November: Dr. Richard Wexler (Professor, University of Maryland, College Park), "We Are Singers Seeking Employment: A Renaissance Advertisement"

    17 November: Gregg Martin (MM alumnus, CUA), "Provocative Electronics: Professor Emerson Meyers, Electronic Music, and the Creation of The Catholic University of America's Electronic Music Laboratory"

    1 December: Rachel McNellis (BM student, CUA), "The Dominican Office of the Most Holy Rosary: Textual, Musical, and Iconographic Representation of Mary as the New Eve."

    12 January: Karen Uslin (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), “We Shall Sing: Rafael Schächter’s Defiant Requiem in Terezín"

    2 February: Dr. Andrew Talle (Faculty Member, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), “The Daily Life of an Organist in Eighteenth-Century Germany"

    9 February: Dr. Gayle Murchison (Associate Professor, the College of William and Mary), “From Alabama to Points West: A Case of Copland's Self-Borrowing and Its Narrative Implications”

    16 February: Dr. Thomas Dunn (Independent Scholar, Washington, DC), “Vittori Revisits Galatea: Aesthetic Play, Pardoning Cupid, and Seeking a New Patron”

    23 February: Dr. Roberta Montemorra Marvin (Associate Dean of International Programs, University of Iowa), "The Politics of Verdi's Cantica"

    1 March: Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo (Professor, University of Maryland, College Park), “Medieval Vespers in the Modern Church? Three Case Studies”

    15 March: Dr. Joan Grimbert (Professor of French and Medieval Studies, CUA), “Tristan und Isolde: Wagner’s Romantic Vision of the Lovers and its Impact on our Perception of the Legend”

    22 March: Dr. Cristina Magaldi (Associate Professor, Towson University), "Massenet and the World: A View from Rio de Janeiro at the Turn of the 20th Century"

    29 March: Dr. Sandra Johnson (Visiting Professor of Music, Miami University of Ohio), “Toward a Model for a Philosophy of Music: Lessons from Augustine and Hindemith”

    12 April: Dr. Allan Atlas (Distinguished Professor, the Graduate Center, City University of New York), “The Serious Concertina: A Lecture-Recital”

    19 April: Dr. Deborah Schwartz-Kates (Associate Professor and Chair of Musicology, the University of Miami), "The Construction of an Argentine Musical Language in the Early Music of Alberto Ginastera"

    26 April: Dr. Patrick Warfield (Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park), “Rethinking the Orchestra: An Amateur Ensemble in Late-Nineteenth-Century Washington, DC”

  • 2010-2011

    16 September: Dr. Tom C. Owens (Associate Professor, George Mason University), "Concord and Dissonance: The Yates-Ives Relationship and the Role of Los Angeles in the Reception of Ives's Music"

    23 September: Dr. John Gingerich (Lecturer, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), "Schubert's Beethoven Project"

    14 September: Christopher Bowen (M.M. student, CUA), "Katerina Izmaylova and Shostakovich: Violence and Sympathy"

    28 September: Thad Garrett (Music Library Assistant and M.A./M.S.L.S. student, CUA) leads an informal discussion on how to incorporate and manipulate music examples in Microsoft Word documents

    11 October: Dr. Anna Harwell Celenza (Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music, Georgetown University), "Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and the Adventures of Peer Gynt in America"

    18 October: Laura Yust (M.A. student, CUA) leads an informal discussion on tips on organizing your sources when conducting primary source research

    2 December: Ken Stilwell (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Song and 'Musicomantics': Should we strive for Performative Musicology? Musicologically-Inspired Performance? or an Affective Symbiosis?"

    9 December: Dr. Fred Everett Maus (Associate Professor of Music Theory, the University of Virginia), "We Were at the Beach: Politics and the B-52s"

    13 January: Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (Faculty member, CUA), "Dancing his Way into US Culture: Chavez and H.P."

    20 January: Dr. Annegret Fauser (Professor, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "'I Hear America Singing...': Yankee Tunesmiths, Folksong, and the Creation of New Music During World War II"

    3 February: Dr. Georgia J. Cowart (Professor, Case Western Reserve University), "Staging the Opera Audience in the Era of Louis XIV"

    10 February: Marilyn Maturani (M.A. student, CUA), "Passionate Ending: Reassessing the Rejected Finale of Robert Schumann's Op. 22 Piano Sonata"

    17 February: Laura Yust (M.A. student, CUA), "Johanna Beyer's Association with Henry Cowell"

    24 February: Dr. Tim Carter (David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "How (Not?) to Write an Opera: The Case of Mozart's Idomeneo (1781)"

    3 March: David Ottinger (M.A. student, CUA), "Summer Marches In: The Fin de siècle in Mahler's Third Symphony"

    17 March: Dr. Glenda Dawn Goss (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki), "Biography in Musical Scholarship Today"

    24 March: Dr. Natalie Zelensky (Independent Scholar), "Old Russia in New York City: Music, the White Émigrés, and the Russian Church in Harlem"

    31 March: Dr. Jonathan Gibson (Associate Professor, James Madison University), "Music and Rhetoric Reconsidered: The Case of Lully’s France"

    7 April: Dr. Susan Forscher Weiss (Chair of Musicology, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), "Reading and Writing Between the Lines: Evidence of Musical Literacy and Networks of Teachers and Students in Sixteenth-Century Printed Books"

    14 April: Dr. Sterling Lambert (Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland), "Mendelssohn's 'Marian' Symphony"

    28 April: Dr. Olga Haldey (Assistant Professor, The University of Maryland, College Park), "Dialogo della Musica Antica et della Moderna, Take 2: The 'Old' at the Roots of Early Twentieth-Century Modernism"

  • 2009-2010

    17 September: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Assistant Professor, CUA), "Representing the Monarch in Sound: Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III at the End of the Thirty Years' War"

    24 September: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Professor, CUA), "The Big Sombrero, Dead Professors, and Local Chant Traditions from Salamanca to Mexico City"

    1 October: Dr. Stephanie Stallings (Instructor, The George Washington University), "Jazz and Blues in Latin American Art Songs"

    8 October: Dr. Laura Youens (Professor, The George Washington University), "'For one, alas, I endure' — But is That Special One a Man or a Woman?"

    15 OctoberDr. Drew Edward Davies (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University), "Mexican Baroque? Problems of Periodization and Recent Research on New Spanish Music"

    22 October: Nelson Nino (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "The mixture of Andean and Western elements in Garrido-Lecca's Duo Concertante for charango and guitar"

    29 October: Dr. Allan Atlas (Professor, City University of New York), "Ralph Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: New Research on Structure and Reception"

    19 November: Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (Adjunct Faculty, CUA), "The Periodical as Primary Source"

    21 January: Dr. Jeffrey Kurtzman (Professor, Washington University in St. Louis), "The Performance of Polychoral Psalmody and the Development of the Concertato Style in 16th- and early-17th-century Italy"

    28 January: Dr. Carol Hess (Professor, Michigan State University), "Villa-Lobos and the 1939 World’s Fair: Brasilidade, Modernism and the Path to Universalism"

    4 February: Karen Uslin (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Working at the Archives in Terezín, Czech Republic"

    25 February: Dr. Andrew Flory (Assistant Professor, Shenandoah Conservatory), "From Motown to Mowest: Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man"

    18 March: Dr. Anthony DelDonna (Assistant Professor, Georgetown University), "Opera, Antiquity and the Neapolitan Enlightenment in Paisiello’s Socrate immaginario (1775)"

    25 March: Dr. Thomas Riis (Professor and Director of the American Music Research Center, The University of Colorado at Boulder), "A 100th Birthday Salute to Frank Loesser, Broadway Giant"

    8 April: Gregg Martin (CUA Alumnus), "An Introduction to Hip Hop"

    15 April: Dr. Susan Youens (J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music, the University of Notre Dame), "The Cry of the Schuhu: Dissonant History in a Late Schumann Song"

    22 April: Dr. Elise Kirk (Independent Scholar), "Wagnerism and the American Muse"

    29 April: Dr. Laura Youens (Professor, the George Washington University), "Pound, Walter Morse Rummel, and the Troubadours."

  • 2008-2009

    8 September: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Associate Professor, CUA), "Villa-Lobos' String Trio and His Commissions from the Library of Congress" 

    15 September: Karren Alenier (Poet and Librettist), "Opera Collaboration: Pushing a Few Tender Buttons"

    22 September: Dr. Thomas Riis (Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center, University of Colorado), "The First African-American Musical Comedy"

    29 September: Dr. Katherine Preston (David N. & Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music, The College of William and Mary), "Conducting Archival Research in American Music: Reconstructing the 1853-54 American Tour by Louis Jullien's Orchestra"

    6 October: Alex Abdoulaev (Ph.D. student, Boston University), "Intertextuality in Lindy Hop: The Evolution of Jazz Dance at the Savoy Ballroom"

    20 October: Dr. Andrew E. Simpson (Associate Professor of Composition and Music Theory, CUA), "Against Whatever War: Mikis Theodorakis' Operatic Lysistrata"

    27 October: Nelson Nino (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Working on Chilean Periodicals for the RIPM Project"

    3 November: Joseph Horowitz (Artistic Director, Post-Classical Ensemble), "American Music: Problems and Solutions"

    10 November: Jami Moore (M.A. student, CUA), "Whether Today or Tomorrow: Plurality as a Factor of Time in Der Rosenkavalier"

    24 November: Dr. Cristina Magaldi (Associate Professor, Towson University), "'World music' in Rio de Janeiro at the Turn of the 20th Century"

    1 December: Dr. Rebecca Maloy (Assistant Professor, The University of Colorado), "Aspects of Compositional Planning and Properization in the Old Hispanic Sacrificia."

    26 January: Dr. Elise Kirk (Independent Scholar), "Charlotte Le Pelletier's Journal of Musick (1810)"

    2 February: Dr. Denise von Glahn (Professor of Music, Florida State University), "On Nature's Behalf: 'Thinking Like a Mountain' in Music"

    16 February: Emily H. Green (Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University), "Not-so-simple Gifts: Musical Dedications and the Economy of Exchange, 1800-1850"

    23 February: Karen Uslin (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis and the Terezín Concentration Camp"

    9 March: Mark Eden Horowitz (Senior Music Specialist, Library of Congress), "Research in American Musical Theater and Special Collections in the Library of Congress."  This talk is given as part of the 2009 Catholic University President's Festival of the Arts, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Another"

    16 March: Dr. R. Larry Todd (Professor of Music, Duke University), "Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn, and the Mendelssohn Bicentenary."  This talk is given as part of the 2009 Catholic University President's Festival of the Arts, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Another"

    23 March: Dr. Greta Olson (Professor of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), "Valencian Lamentations 1533-1700: Changing Texts, Tunes, and Philosophies"

    30 March: Dr. Bonny Miller (Independent Scholar), "Voices of a Nation: Reflections of World War I in American Magazine Music"

    6 April: Dr. Wendy Heller (Professor of Music, Princeton University), "Dancing the Myth of Venice: Opera, Public Statuary, and il ballo delle statue"

    20 April: Matthew Wallace (M.A. student, CUA), "Crossing Periods: Placing Beethoven's Septet"

  • 2007-2008

    27 August: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Associate Professor, CUA), "Pre-Tridentine Chant and Liturgical Reforms in Spain"

    10 September: Matthew Morrison (M.A. student, CUA), "Uncovered Treasures from the Music Archives of the Library of Congress"

    17 September: Dr. Deborah Lawrence (Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland), "Renaissance Spain, Music Education, and the Humanist Tradition: The Viheula Prints as Commonplace Books"

    23 September: Angeline Smith (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Toward a New Interpretation of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin Through the Lens of Well Temperament"

    1 October: Dr. Deborah Schwartz-Kates (Associate Professor, The University of Miami), "The Film Music of Alberto Ginastera: A (Sneak) Preview of the Sources and Their Significance"

    15 October: Dr. William J. Summers (Professor, Dartmouth College), "Musical Life in Manila Before the American Invasion of 1898: Recent Rediscoveries"

    22 October: Christina Taylor Gibson (Ph.D. candidate, The University of Maryland, College Park), "Carlos Chávez and Henry Cowell: Examination of a Friendship"

    5 November: Dr. Susan Clermont (Senior Music Specialist, Library of Congress), "Sources of Medieval and Renaissance Music Theory in Library of Congress Collections: Old Friends and New Discoveries"

    12 November: Dr. Ronit Seter (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "Barenboim in Ramallah, Olivero in Jerusalem: Politics in Israeli Classical Music"

    19 November: Dr. Laura Youens (Professor of Music, The George Washington University), "An Admonition to a New Bride" 

    14 January: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Assistant Professor, CUA), "Antonio Bertali's Lamento della Regina d'Inghilterra (1649) from Source to Edition"

    4 February: Dr. Kenneth Kreitner (Professor, The University of Memphis), "The Segovia Chanson Collection and the Education of Prince Juan"

    11 February: Dr. Christopher Reynolds (Professor of Music, University of California, Davis), "Wagner's Beethovenian Epiphany: The Impact of the Ninth on Wagner's Approach to Composition"

    18 February: Dr. Ruth Steiner (Professor Emerita, CUA), "The Samaritan Woman at the Well in Liturgy and Chant"

    10 March: Dr. Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus (Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México), "Recent Research on Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico"

    17 March: Dr. Leonora Saavedra (Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside)

    31 March: Dr. Jeffrey Kurtzman (Professor, Washington University in St. Louis), "The Iagoization of Otello: Verdi's Musical Translation of Shakespeare's Language"

    7 March: Karen Uslin (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Las làgrimas, el agua y el espíritu de la revolución: Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar," and Caitlin Miller (M.A./M.S.L.S. student, CUA), "The Madrigals of Maddalena Casulana: Music According to a Male Model?"

    14 March: Matthew Morrison (M.A. student, CUA), "Towards a Critical Analysis and Cultural Consideration of Contemporary Rhythm & Blues: A Case Study Using John Legend's 'So High'"

    28 March: Dr. Steven Nuss (Associate Professor, Colby College), "Cross-Cultural Inversions Around Language: An Approach to Hearing and Not Hearing Across Japanese Noh and Contemporary Western Vocal Music (With An Oblique Glance Back At Levi-Strauss)"

  • 2006-2007

    7 September: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Assistant Professor, CUA), "Sacred Music and Monarchical Representation in tempore belli: The Austrian Habsburgs at the End of the Thirty Years' War"

    5 October: Timothy Ballard (Ph.D. student, CUA), "A Political Plot in Venice: An Examination of Antonio Sartorio's Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1676)"

    12 October: Dr. Anna Harwell Celenza (Thomas E. Caestecker Professor and Chair of Music, Georgetown University), "Popular Darwinism and Music Aesthetics in fin de siècle Vienna"

    19 October: Ken Stilwell (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Rameau and the 'Noble Savage': Comparing Two Versions of Les Sauvages"

    26 October: Dr. Denise Gallo (Senior Music Specialist, the Library of Congress), "Falstaff's Sonnet and the Petrarchan Voice"

    9 November: Natasha Zelensky (Ph.D. Candidate, Northwestern University), "Autumnal Diasporas: Conceptions of the Russian Émigré Community in New York"

    16 November: Matthew Morrison (M.A. student, CUA), "The Art of the Fugue According to Hindemith"

    7 December: Dr. Therese Ellsworth (Independent Scholar), "Women Pianists in Nineteenth-Century London Concert Life"

    18 January: Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. Candidate, CUA), "Choosing a Dissertation Topic and Preparing a Proposal at CUA"

    1 February: Dr. Karen Ahlquist (Professor of Music, The George Washington University), "Chorus and Community: Musicology, a Book, and an Idea"

    8 February: Dr. Graham Elliot (Director of Music, St. Paul's Rock Creek Church), "Benjamin Britten: The Plainsong Dimension"

    15 February: W. Gerard Poole (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland, College Park), "Ritual, Music, and Emotions: Experience and Symbol in the Processional Pilgrimage of El Rocío"

    8 March: Dr. Jennifer DeLapp Birkett (Adjunct Faculty, CUA), "Research Topics in Music and Politics at the National Archives"

    15 March: Mark Eden Horowitz (Senior Music Specialist, the Library of Congress), "Candide and the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress." This colloquium was given as part of the 2007 Catholic University President's Festival of the Arts, "The Politics of Comedy"

    22 March: Dr. Geraldine Rohling (Archivist, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception), "Unknown Treasures of the Diocese of Passau"

    12 April: Dr. Robert Waters (Lecturer, Winston-Salem State University), "Déodat de Séverac and Regional Identity in Fin de Siécle France"

    19 April: Dr. Joti Rockwell (Visiting Assistant Professor, The George Washington University), "Contemporary Bluegrass Fiddling and the Transmission of Innovation"

    26 April: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Assistant Professor, CUA), "Modernism and the Death of the Idealist: Reinterpreting Strauss's Don Quixote"

  • 2005-2006

    8 September: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Assistant Professor, CUA), "Music in the Service of Counter-Reformation Politics: The Immaculate Conception at the Habsburg Court of Ferdinand III (1637-57)"

    15 September: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Associate Professor, CUA)

    22 September: Lindsay Heller (M.A. student, CUA), "Amadeo Roldán and the Recognition of the West African Influence on Cuban Culture: Ritmica V and Ritmica VI

    29 September: Deborah Crall (Ph.D. candidate, CUA)

    6 October: Dr. Robert Ricks (Professor of Music Theory, CUA)

    13 October: Dr. Esperanza Berrocal (Adjunct Faculty, CUA)

    20 October: Alex Abdoulaev (M.A. student, CUA), "Nationalist, Neoclassical, or Both? The Examination of Nationalist and Neoclassical Trends in Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin"

    12 January: Dr. Jessie Ann Owens (Professor of Music, Brandeis University)

    19 January: Dr. Denise Gallo (Senior Music Specialist, the Library of Congress)

    26 January: Dr. Ruth Steiner (Professor Emerita, CUA), "Chant Scholarship in a New Millennium: Old Questions, New Tools"

    2 February: Dr. Elise Kirk (Independent Scholar), "Humanizing the Character: The Quest for Integrity in Modern American Opera"

    16 February: Dr. Grayson Wagstaff (Associate Professor, CUA), "Defining a New Culture: Problems of Genre and Style in Sixteenth-Century Mexican Music"

    9 March: Prof. Murry Sidlin (Dean, The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music)

    23 March: Elizabeth Arndt (Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities), "Applying for Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities"

    30 March: Dr. Jennifer DeLapp (Assistant Professor, The University of Maryland, College Park), "Copland, Politics, and the American Audience." This colloquium was given as part of the 2006 Catholic University President's Festival of the Arts, "Aaron Copland's America"

    6 April: Tracy Cowart (M.M. student, CUA), "The Transition from Renaissance to Baroque: The stile antico and stile moderno in Monteverdi's 'Con che soavità'"

    20 April: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Assistant Professor, CUA), "Music and Rhetoric in the Seventeenth Century: A New Approach"