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Musicology Colloquium, 2015-16

Spring 2016

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"


In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the School of Music in 2015, all of our colloquium guests during that calendar year were faculty, current students, and alumni of The Catholic University of America.

Fall 2015

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"


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