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 2018-19

This schedule is updated regularly, check back for changes!


FALL 2018

  • Friday, Sept. 14, 2:30 PM, 214
    • The Lazarus Band talks about the music industry, entrepreneurship, & answers your questions!
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 PM, BRH
    • The Lazarus Band featuring Charles Lazarus, trumpet, The Minnesota Orchestra
  • Wednesday Sept. 19, 7:30 PM, BRH  
    • Dr. Ron McCurdy and the Langston Hughes Project
    •  Clinic: TBA
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:30 PM, BRH 

    • Esther Wang and Friends,Faculty Recital with faculty from St. Olaf and Gustavus

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 PM, BRH 
    • The Nobel Concert - Taichi Chen, The Minnesota Orchestra; Emi Chen, soprano; David Carter, St. Olaf College

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 2:30-4:00 pm, BRH

    • MN Opera Master Class - A quartet of MN Opera artists led by the teaching artist from the MN Opera

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 pm, BRH 
    • Artist Series Concert: An Evening with Artists from the MN Opera

      *You must attend both Oct. 12 events to receive colloquium credit.

  • Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 PM, BRH
    • An Evening of Ravel - Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, piano, Peter McGuire, violin, and Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, cello
  • Friday Oct. 26, 7:30 PM, BRH 
    • John Engebretson, Faculty Sax Recital 
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 PM, Alumni Hall
    • Folk Music from Sweden - Swedish musicians share their culture and instruments and perform Swedish folk music.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 PM, Ordway
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2:30-4:00 PM, BRH
    • Master Class/Colloquium Series Event with Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, BRH
    • Artist Series Recital: Sarah Leuwerke with Yana Avedyan, piano, and Laura Burns, violin
      *You must attend both Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 events to receive colloquium credit.


  • MMEA Jan. 14-15

    • Students can attend up to 2 MMEA sessions for 2 Colloquium attendances.

  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2:30 PM, Room 308

    • Guest speaker Dr. Allyss Haecker, Visiting Assistant Prof., St. Olaf College
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:30 PM, Room 106

    • Rehearsal techniques with Dr Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor

  • Friday March 1
    • Gustavus Jazz Jamboree featuring Sara Caswell (Grammy-nominated violinist)
      • Clinic: 1:00pm BRH
      • Performance: 7:30pm BRH
  • Sunday, March 3, 3:30 PM, Christ Chapel --CANCELLED--
    • Chad Winterfeldt, Faculty Organ Recital
  • Friday March 8, 7:30 PM BRH
    • 10th Wave New Music Ensemble, Lecture and Performance
  • Sunday, March 10, 3:30 PM, BRH
    • Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen, faculty voice recital
  • Sunday, March 17, 3:30 PM, BRH
    • Barbara Leibundguth, Faculty Flute Recital, assisted by pianist Elizabeth Mueller Grace
  • Saturday, March 23, 7:30 PM, BRH
    • Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard, Guest Voice and Piano Recital
  • Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 PM, Chapel
    • Guest Organist David Briggs, Artist-in-Residence at St. John the Divine, New York City. Program includes orchestral transcriptions and improvisation.
  • Wed. April 10, 7:30 PM, BRH
    • Artist Series William Chapman Nyaho, piano - Music of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Friday, April 26, 7:30 PM, BRH
    • John Sharp, Principal Cello, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    • Liba Schacht, violin, Grant Park Symphony
  • Sunday, May 5
    • Gustavus Vocal Jazz Showcase featuring Christine Hitt
      • Open Rehearsal 10:00AM-12:00 Noon
      • Performance 1:30PM, BRH
  • Tuesday, May 7, 11:00 AM, Ordway
    • MN Opera Dress Rehearsal of La Traviata (Tickets covered for music majors)
  • Friday, May 10, 2:30 PM, BRH
    • Bailey Hilgren, Gustavus alumna, will talk about how data sonifications transform scientific data into sound. Learn how science and music create compositions that convey environmentalist messages.