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 2013-14

(As of September 11)


1. Henry Charles Smith
Lecture recital Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Recital, Friday, September 20, 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall

2. Rick Orpen and Jim McGuire: Two Guitars
Monday, September 23, 7:30 PM (MNR time)

3.Tully Hall, Alexander Technique clinician
Monday, October 7, 7:30 PM (MNR time) and Tuesday Oct. 8, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Bjorling Recital Hall

4. John Engebretson, faculty sax recital, Saturday October 12, 3:30 PM Bjorling Recital Hall

5. Lecture Demonstration: Collaborative Skills for Musicians I, Friday October 18, 2:30 PM FAM 308

6. Asako Hirabayashi and Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, harpsichord and piano guest and faculty recital,

Sat. November 9, 1:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall

7. Jeri-Mae Astolfi and Holly Roadfeldt, guest piano duo Saturday, November 16, 1:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall

8. GPO concert Saturday November 23, 3:30 PM, Colloquium, FAM 308

Sat November 23, 3:30 PM, Concert, Bjorling Recital Hall

Spring, 2014:

9. Kate Boyd, pianist (Butler University) Monday Feb. 10, 6:00 PM, FAM 308

Recital at 7:30 PM, Borjling Recital Hall The Music of John Cage

10. Er-Gene Kahng, violinist and Soyeon Park, pianest Monday, February 17th Combined colloquium and recital at 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall The Kreutzer Sonata by L. van Beethoven

11. Barbara Zust, (Guest speaker, Nursing faculty at GAC) Friday, February 28 Colloquium at 2:30 PM, FAM 308, Music and Health

12. The Bach Society (Bach and Jazz) Friday, February 28 Colloquium: Similarities between Baroque and Jazz, 6:00 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall, Recital at 7:30 PM Bjorling Recital Hall

13. Immanuel Davis and Friends (Baroque Ensemble, University of Minnesota) Monday, March 3 Colloquium/Workshop, 5:30 PM, FAM 308, Recital at 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall

14. Student Colloquium Friday, March 14, 2:30 PM, FAM 308 Students will perform and discuss one work to be performed on a Spring rectial. Volunteer, please, or I will volunteer you. I am happy to assist you, just ask.

15.. Barb Leibundguth, faculty fflute recital

Saturday March. 22, 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall

16. Dress rehearsal of MN Opera's The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart

Fri., April 11, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Carpool provided) Ordway Center, St. Paul All of you, especially singers, make every effort to attend this performance. It's a special event so please take advantage of it!

17. String Moves: Music and Dance 
Combined colloquium and concert, Sunday April 13 at 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall
18. Immanuel Davis and Kathe Jarka, Alexander Technique workshop Friday, April 25, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall (we may change venues, stay tuned) 

Revised: January, 2014