Musicology Lecture Series

The Musicology Lecture Series brings exciting scholars-- both long-established and up-and-coming-- to campus. Past guests include Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard), Lydia Goehr (Columbia), and Susan Youens (Notre Dame).

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Musicology Lectures

Alumna career talk: Sara Womble, soprano (T '10)
Thu, Jan 24, 5:00 PM
Biddle 19, Bone Hall

Alumna Sara Womble will talk about her career as a classical singer and North Carolina Opera's upcoming production of "Carmen" in Raleigh, for which she is currently rehearsing. She's singing the role of Frasquita, one of the gypsies. Sara will sing a brief piece or two and there will be time...

Ruby Friday | Community as Creator: Contrasting Experiences, New Sounds
Fri, Jan 25, 12:00 PM
Rubenstein Arts Center, Ruby Lounge

In this Ruby Friday presentation, longtime collaborators Stephanie Griffin and Hilliard Greene will discuss their contrasting musical experiences and their work together as improvisers, which they will demonstrate with live performance. The two come from distinct backgrounds. Griffin's musical...

Lecture: Ryan Skinner (Ohio State): "What is 'Malian Music?': Seven Partial Truths from a Musical Anthropology"
Fri, Jan 25, 4:00 PM
Biddle 104

In this lecture, ethnomusicologist Ryan Skinner (Associate Professor, Ohio State University) presents a set of provisional answers from his experiences as an observer of Mali and student of its music over the past two decades. These answers are neither exhaustive nor mutually exclusive, but they...

Rousseau on Music, Redux
Fri, Feb 01, 9:30 AM
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its new Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am....

Lecture Series In Musicology: Roger Moseley (Cornell University)
Fri, Mar 01, 4:00 PM
Biddle 104

"Return to Sender: Channeling Recursion in Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin." Roger Moseley's recent research focuses on intersections between keyboard music, digital games, and the diverse ways in which they can be played. In 2017, his first book, "Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from...

Ethnomusicology Lecture: David Samuels (NYU)
Fri, Mar 22, 4:00 PM
Biddle 104

David Samuels is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at New York University. A linguistic anthropologist, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist, he has published extensively on the confluence of affective symbols in the context of vernacular modernities. His book, "Putting a...

Lecture Series In Musicology: Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)
Fri, Apr 05, 4:00 PM
Biddle 104

Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, Seth Brodsky is the author of "From 1989, or European Music & the Modernist Unconscious" (University of California Press, Jan. 2017). His scholarly and critical work pursues a number of related lines of inquiry focusing on music of the 20th...