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 2019-2020

This schedule is updated regularly, check back for changes!


1. Reflective paper on an International or National tour you participated in during Jan-Feb. 2020
How was this experience valuable:
As a future music educator
As a life-long musician
As an opportunity for music to promote community and to build a sense of good will.
2, 3. MMEA Conference, Minneapolis Feb. 13-14
Attend up to two conference sessions. Each session counts as a colloquium session.
4, 5. CBDNA Conference: Feb. 19-22, DePaul University, IL

Attend up to two conference sessions. Each session counts as a colloquium session.

6. Attendance and a reflective paper on a classmate’s senior recital this Spring 

Include in your paper: Performance and Preparation, Stage presence, Interpretation, your own considerations. 

7. Play/sing portions of your recital for a colloquium session

Sessions take place: Fridays between 2:30-4:30pm (sessions will be only an hour long). These provide informal venues with supportive audience, discussions, and feed-back in preparation for your recital. These sessions are TBA (choose which Friday you want to perform and contact me).

8. Commemorating Beethoven’s 250th birthday: 
Beethoven cello sonatas Monday evening, Feb. 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM, BRH
David Carter, cello, St. Olaf College
Esther Wang, piano
9. Saturday, Feb. 22nd, Masterclass at 5:30 in room 214 with guest baritone Cory Renbarger
Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 5:30 PM, BRH
Recital: Cory Renbarger, baritone, Stephen Carlson, piano
"Winterreise,” Schubert’s final song cycle
10. Friday, March 13th, Pre-Recital Program at 2:30 in room 308 with Gustavus tenor David Kosizek and guest soprano Jennifer Olson
Friday, March 13, 7:30 PM, BRH
Recital: An Impossible Love: Clara and Robert Schumann
David Kosizek, tenor,Jennifer Olson, soprano, Benjamin Downs, piano
11. MN Opera Dress Rehearsal of Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 PM, The Ordway Theater in St. Paul
Transportation provided, tickets free for music majors. The Sign-up Sheet for the MN Opera trip is located on the Voice Bulletin Board across from Dr. Snapp's office.
12, 13, 14. Jazz Masterclass Schedule (each masterclass counts as one colloquium)
  • Stephanie Wieseler (saxophone) - Friday March 27th - MC 2:30pm; ML 3:30pm; OR 4:30pm
  • Laura Caviani (piano) - Friday April 17th - MC 2:30pm; ML 3:30pm; OR 4:30pm
  • Shaun Johnson (voice) - Friday May 8th - MC 2:30pm; ML 3:30pm; OR 4:30pm

FALL 2019 

  • Sunday, September 22, 3:30 PM, BRH
    • Dr. Susan Chou, Piano
      Music Institute of Chicago
      Program TBA

  • Tuesday, Sept 24, 3:30 PM, Beck Hall 113
    • Bailey Hilgren, Gustavus Alumna
      M.M. in Historical Musicology, Florida State University
      B.A. in Music and Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College
    • Using Artistic Techniques to Engage with Climate Change Data
      Traditional methods of disseminating information about climate change are important for continued scientific progress but can be inaccessible and rarely communicate the important emotional and cultural dimensions of environmental issues. The arts, on the other hand, excel at addressing emotions and culture but can benefit from grounding in scientific findings. In this workshop, participants will explore ways to combine communication methods traditionally used separately in the arts or sciences through the use of data sonification, visualization, and storytelling techniques, and will have the opportunity to create their own data-driven artistic works about climate change.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 8:00 PM, BRH - Nobel Concert
    • Recitations and Meditations on the Earth
      More than a concert, the evening will be a conversation through the arts of music and poetry that contemplates the issue of climate change through creative expression. Poets and musicians from the Gustavus community will recite and perform their own creations, in the spirit of allowing a space to meditate and reflect upon our emotional response to climate change. This event is live-streamed.

  • Friday September 27 - Jazz Masterclass
    • Chris Bates (bass) - Masterclass 2:30pm; Mini-Lessons 3:30pm; Open Rehearsal 4:30pm
    • NOTE: Each Masterclass counts toward one colloquium attendance.

  • Sunday, September 29, 3:30 PM, BRH

    • Music of Africa and the African Diaspora
      Dr. William Chapman Nyaho, Piano

  • Saturday, October 12, 1:30 PM, BRH
    • Toccata to Boogie Woogie: Music by J. S. Bach, Schubert, and Yoshimatsu
      Dr. Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, faculty piano recital

  • Sunday, October 13, 3:30 PM, Christ Chapel 

    • In Celebration: Music by Women Composers
      Dr. Chad Winterfeldt, faculty organ recital 

  • Thursday, October 17, MEA (Minnesota Educator Academy) 2019 Conference
    • NOTE: You may choose two sessions at the Conference that will count toward two colloquium attendances. 

  • Wednesday, October 23, Performance: 6:00 PM, Fine Arts Building-Music 214
    • Hub New Music
      Called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by theBoston Globe, Hub New Music — comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello — is forging new pathways in 21st-century repertoire. Through creative programming and ambitious commissioning projects, the quartet of “intrepids” (WQXR) celebrates the fluidity and diversity of today’s classical music landscape. Its performances have been described as “gobsmacking” (Cleveland Classical) and “innovative” (WBUR).
      Composer readings: 1:30-3:30 PM
      Colloquium and performance: 6:00 PM, FAM 214

  • Saturday, October 26, 5:30 PM, BRH
    • Bless the Beasts
      Dr. Anna DeGraff, Mezzo-soprano, faculty voice recital. Welcome, Dr. DeGraff!
      Bless the Beastsis a playful exploration of art song on the topic of animals, from cats and mice, to hedgehogs and manatees. Composers will include Reger, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc, Irving Fine, Libby Larsen, David Alpher, and Jake Heggie.

  • Sunday, October 27, 3:30 PM, BRH
    • Melissa Morey, faculty horn recital

  • Monday October 28 - Jazz Masterclass
    • Jake Baldwin (trumpet) - MC 4:30pm; OR 5:30pm
    • NOTE: Each Masterclass counts toward one colloquium attendance.

  • Thursday, November 7, 11:00 AM, Ordway Theater
    • MN Opera Dress Rehearsal of The Barber of Seville
    • Tickets are $10.00 for non-music majors and no cost for music majors. Transportation may be provided.
    • Please check with Dr. Snapp for details

  • Friday November 22 - Jazz Masterclass
    • Dave Schmalenberger (drums) - MC 2:30pm; ML 3:30pm; OR 4:30pm 
    • NOTE: Each Masterclass counts toward one colloquium attendance.