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 2020-21

This schedule is updated regularly, check back for changes!


Tuesday, January 19th, 7:00-9:00PM CT, A special January Music Department Colloquium organized by the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Throughout January Term, and as a part of our 2021 "Virtual Tour," GWO is collaborating on music from 5 film scores in exploration of the theme, "Heroes: Facing Adversity and Destiny." As part of our curriculum for the JT course, members of GWO are watching the films, studying/performing the scores, and reflecting and writing about the characters and the music. One such film is Lawrence Kasdan's Western-genre masterpiece, "Silverado" (1985) with music by Bruce Broughton. Composer Bruce Broughton, one of the most prolific living Hollywood composers/conductors/orchestrators of film and television music, will be Zooming with GWO as a guest artist.

If you would like to join us for this session, which counts as a colloquium, please reach out to Dr. James Patrick Miller for a Zoom link (which will be shared later as the event gets closer). 

Friday, February 26th, 7:30 PM Dr. Yumiko Oshima-Ryan: Schubert Sonata D. 960 (Live stream) 7 pm - Pre-Concert Lecture by Dr. Esther Wang 
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Meeting ID: 844 9393 4632
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 7:30-8:30 PM Elizabeth Rosinbum: Beyond Performance: Creating a Diverse Life as an Artist
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Wednesday, March 10th, 7:30-9:00 PM Dr. Laura Goucher, Natalia Romero Arbeláez, Julie Conzemius, Liz Winslow, Erin Oberle, Dr. Heidi Miller: Women in Music Education and Decolonizing the Music Classroom.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30 PM Dr. Ruth Lin and Dr. Alexander K. Rothe: Beethoven and Disability Studies
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Wednesday, March 31th, 7:30-8:30 PM Dr. Reinaldo Moya: El Sistema
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Wednesday, April 7th, 7-8:00 PM Dr. Melissa Morey, Positive Performance: Learning about and dealing with performance nerves and anxiety. 
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Wednesday, April 14th, 7:30-8:30 PM Krissy Bergmark, Holistic Practice Techniques (bring a fresh notebook!)
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Wednesday, April 21st, 7:30-8:30 PM Rolf Erdahl and Carrie Vecchione: OboeBass! Performs Valerie Coleman’s American Vein: a musical roadtrip across America exploring some of the things that are great for all Americans. Discussions of Commissioning, grant writing, recording, and collaborating with composers. 
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Friday, April 30th, 2:30-4:30 PM James Patrick Miller: Approaching Conducting as a Student and Professional - Best Practices for Learning while Interacting with other Humans (based on my new book). *Bring a baton to the Zoom if possible. A handful of students will be invited to participate live (socially distanced, as teaching examples).
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FALL 2020

Tuesday September 22nd, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, we will be doing a virtual session on music therapy. Our panelists include Jennifer Hicks and Renee Yong. Jennifer Hicks is a music therapist in the twin cities. Renee Yong is a GAC alum--YAY--who recently completed a music therapy masters and just started an music therapy internship.

Tuesday, September 22nd from 8:00 - 9:30 PM, a colloquium with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Assistant Professor of Music, Conductor of the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College, founder of Justice Choir-Twin Cities, and a fascinating, thoughtful, and fun person. This conversation will center on Tesfa's work of seeking justice through singing and choirs, and there will be ample time for questions and dialog. You don't need to be a singer to find this conversation valuable. JOIN US!

Saturday, November 1st, 3:30 - 4:00PM, Dr. Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, online faculty piano recital. Music by Tanaka and Liszt: a short virtual concert.

Thursday, November 12th from 7:00 - 8:00PM, "Women in the Arts," a panel discussion with four leading women in the arts, moderated by Dr. Anna DeGraff. This event uses the100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment as a jumping-off point to discuss representation in the arts. There will be time at the end for audience Q&A.


Thursday December 3rd, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Virtual discussion with four African American classical musicians on racism in American Classical Music: William Eddins, Aaron Flagg, Randall Goosby and Jolie Rocke.

Sunday, December 6th, 1:30 PM Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Wind Symphony, and Chamber Winds concert will be broadcast online. Video link coming soon!

Saturday, December 19th, 7:30 PM Christmas in Christ Chapel will be broadcast online and archived on this website.