The Gustavus Music Colloquium Series

Including Concert and Recital Attendance Requirements

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The purpose of the Department of Music Colloquium Series is to offer presentations and performances that will significantly develop the art of music listening in our music majors and explore the role and responsibility of the listener in “the holy triangle of composer, performer, listener – Britten”

The Colloquium Series

The on-campus CS events are open for anyone to attend.

For the scholarly community of music majors, listening is not a passive process. It is an art that requires acute aural skill development and substantial knowledge of the art form. The Colloquium Series is offered by the Music Department as a scholars’ forum for the examination of the various aspects of this essential element in the music major’s musicianship. Faculty, guest artists, visiting scholars, or students will address a variety of topics, most often in a pre-concert format that will enhance the listening experience of a cited performance. The greater Saint Peter community is also invited to attend.

CS Requirements of the Music Major

  1. Declared Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Music Majors are required to attend 7 CS events each semester in residence. Most CS events will have a cited performance and in this case the major is required to attend both the CS and the cited performance.
    1. A CS and a cited performance will satisfy a CS and a Concert/Recital Attendance requirement. A CS without a cited performance only counts as a CS.
    2. Dr. Wang will have an attendance sheet at the performance site for majors to sign. The Master Record will be kept in the Music Office. If a student has an unavoidable conflict with attending the performance related to the CS, the student shall see Dr. Wang for an excused absence.
    3. Majors may see Dr. Wang for pre-approval to attend an off-campus event and receive credit for a CS.
    4. Students who perform on a small portion of a CS concert or recital and spend the bulk of their time as an audience member, may contact Dr. Wang in advance for possible credit.
  2. In addition, Majors shall choose one CS event with a performance each semester and write a 2-3 page, 12 font, double-spaced reflective paper. Comments will include the cited performance. Students will turn the paper into Dr, Wang no later than two weeks before the end of the semester. The paper may be returned for a rewrite
  3. Grading – Students who do not fulfill the requirement will have their final lesson grade lowered accordingly by one letter grade increment (e.g. A- to B+) per missing CS.
  4. Note - The Concert/Recital Attendance requirement and other Area specific requirements are in addition to the CS requirement

Additional Concert and Recital Requirements

  1. Requirement - All students registered for private lessons are required to attend 7 concerts or recitals (CRs) as an audience member each semester in residence. (Please contact your instructor in advance about credit if you perform on a small portion of a concert or recital and spend the bulk of your time in the audience.)
  2. Attendance Record - The student’s lesson instructor maintains the attendance record. The student will turn in a program to receive credit for attendance.
  3. Grading - Students who do not fulfill the CR requirement will have their final lesson grade lowered accordingly by one letter grade increment (e.g. A- to B+) per missing C.
  4. CS for Non-Majors - Non-majors who attend a Music Major CS event and the cited performance will receive credit for two CRs. The student will submit a performance program and the hand out from the CS.
  5. Music Majors - Music Majors may use the performance of a CS Event to count for a CR credit.
  6. Area Requirements – Specific Area related requirements are in addition to the CR requirement.
  7. CR Credit Off Campus – contact your lesson instructor ahead of time for possible credit.

Check the Fine Arts Calendar for on-campus events to attend.

Colloquium Series Schedule for 2017-18

This schedule is updated regularly, check back for changes!



  • Friday Feb. 16 at 2:30 pm, FAM 308
    April Kim,
    Instructor of Music in Piano at St. Olaf College and DMA candidate at the University of Kansas City, will present a lecture recital observing three East Asian composers: Toru Takemitsu, Chen Yi and Jiyoun Chung and how they preserve aspects of their native culture while using Western compositional techniques.

  • Friday, Feb. 23 at 2:30pm, FAM 308
    Berlin Philharmonic concert online

  • CANCELLED - Saturday, Feb. 24, 3:00 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall
    Justin Knoepfel, faculty recital

  • Friday, March 2 at 2:30pm, FAM 308
    David Lim, Gustavus alumnus and speaker; Programmatic Considerations in Julius Reubke's "Psalm 94:Sonata for Organ"

  • Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 pm, Bjorling Recital Hall
    David Kozisek, voice faculty recital with Samantha Stinson and Esther Wang - Shakespeare in Music
  • Saturday, March 11, 3:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall 
    Barbara Leibundguth
    , faculty recital, with Sonja Thompson, piano - Flute, old and new
    Konzertstücke by late Romantic-era composer Heinrich Hofman; 'Les Folies d'Espagne' by French Baroque composer Marin Marais; Sonata No. 1 by Mexican composer Samuel Zyman; Zoom Tube, by Ian Clarke

    Thursday, March 15, 7:30 PM
    MN Opera Dress Rehearsal of Verdi’s
    at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul

  • Friday, April 13, 2:30 PM, Location TBD 
    Jr/Sr Recital 
    run through

  • Friday, April 20, 2:30 PM, Location TBD
    Jr/Sr Recital 
    run through

  • Monday, April 23 at 7:30 pm, Bjorling Recital Hall
    Dave Stamps, Jazz Faculty Recital

  • Friday, April 27, 2:30 PM, Location TBD
    Jr/Sr Recital 
    run through 
    Demonstration and discussion regarding finding personal connection in Instrumental Music

  • Wednesday, May 2, evening time TBA
    MET Simulcast of Massenet’s
    Cendrillon (Cinderella)
    at the Cinemark 8 Theater in the River Hills Mall in Mankato

  • CANCELLED - Saturday, May 6, 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall
    John Sharp, and
     Liba Schacht

  • Your choice of these MN orchestra or St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts (Tickets covered for music majors): 

     MN Orchestra:
    Friday, Feb. 9, 8 PM, Faure Requiem.
    Sunday, Feb. 11, 4:30 PM, Chamber Music of Schulhoff, Mendelssohn, and Faure, Target Atrium
    Friday, Feb. 23, 8 PM, Jazz piano, American Songbook, 4 pianists, Target Atrium
    Friday, March 2, 8 PM, Debussy La Mer, Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto, Respighi Pines of Rome
    Friday, May 4, 8 PM, American Voices, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein

    St. Paul Chamber Orchestra:
    Friday, March 16, 7 PM, Capri Theatre, Strong Sisters
    Friday, April 20, 8 PM, Palace Theatre, Liquid Music, St. Paul TU dance and Justin Vernon