Music Colloquium Series

Music colloquia provide a weekly forum for presentation and discussion of recent research by distinguished visitors, and by CWRU faculty and graduate students in musicology, historical performance practice, and music education.  

All talks take place in Harkness Chapel Classroom, Fridays at 4 PM (unless otherwise indicated).

Music Colloquium with Prof Georgia Cowart

The series is free and open to the public. 

Find details in our Upcoming Events

Series Poster

Fall 2021 Schedule

September 3

Lisa Nielson (CWRU)

“Music and Musicians in the Medieval Islamicate World: A Social History”

September 10

Benjamin Helton (CWRU) and Allison Paetz (CWRU)

“Equity of Arts Access and its Effects on Enrollment in Ohio Secondary Schools"

September 17

Freedman Center, Kelvin Smith Library

David Rothenberg (CWRU)

“Pierre de la Rue, the Liturgical Year, and the Missa Ave Maria in the Mechelen Choirbook”
followed by Music Library welcome reception

September 24

Addi Liu (CWRU)

“How Early Music Became ‘Crisp’” 

Sam Nemeth (CWRU)

“Battle of the Bands: The Dawn of a New Brass Technology”

October 1

Darrin Thornton (Pennsylvania State University)

“Re-Sounding Joy by Design: Moving toward a 360 Music Engagement Praxis”

October 8

Dean Hubbs (University of Michigan)

“Country-Loving Mexican Americans: Dual Patriotism and Inevitable Fandom among Mexican American Country Music Lovers”
sponsored by the Center for Popular Music Studies

October 22

Ayana Smith (Indiana University)

“Handel’s Giulio Cesare and the Complexities of Early Modern (and Modern) Identity” 

October 29

Gabriela Cruz (University of Michigan)

“In The Land of Smiles: Ideology, Theatricality and Responsibility in the Totalitarian Stage”

November 5

Kira Thurman (University of Michigan)

“On Beethoven, Blackness, and Belonging: Debating German Music Across the Black Atlantic”

November 17-18

(Wednesday-Thursday): Kepler at 450: An Interdisciplinary Celebration. This week, in addition to our regular colloquium, we join our colleagues in celebrating  Kepler's 450th birthday with a series of talks and performances. Details at

November 19

Harkness Chapel

Maria Schneider and Paul Ferguson (CWRU)

"Jazz in Conversation”

December 3

Music Education Students (CWRU)

Lightning Talks

Past Colloquia