Public Lectures

CCM offers a variety of public lectures each year, including regular installments in the long-running Thinking About Music Lecture Series and other one-off public lectures hosted by individual departments.


The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series

Since its inception in January 1997, Thinking About Music has presented nearly 120 lectures and one symposium by guests from numerous different colleges, universities, schools of music, foundations, institutes, museums and publishing concerns. The subjects of the lectures have covered historical musicology, music theory and ethnomusicology, along with the ancillary fields of organology, dance, music business and law, cognitive psychology, and the philosophy, theology and sociology of music.

Upcoming Lectures

1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series • 
WOMEN AUDIO PRODUCERS AND ENGINEERS, AND THE CASE AGAINST GENDER VENTRILOQUISM 
Helen Reddington, Senior Lecturer in Music Production at the University of East London 
This talk will focus on women professionals in the UK music industry. Reddington’s The Lost Women of Rock Music (Equinox, 2012) features women punk instrumentalists in the UK in the late 1970s, speaking through the lens of history. These experiences, voiced by the women themselves, challenged the male narrative of the subculture and indeed its very maleness. Reddington’s She’s at the Controls (Equinox, 2019) follows the same methodology, this time focusing on much more recent accounts by women in the music industry. It focuses both on the reasons why it is important that women have equality of access to the music industries, and the impact of often invisible male gatekeeping on the end product (the music) that we listen to and map our lives to. Reddington will discuss issues raised by the women producers and engineers that she interviewed and will contextualize these within the central concept of the book: that of gender ventriloquism. 
Location: Online via Zoom. Contact Professor Jeongwon Joe for details
Admission: FREE


1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: VARIETIES OF INVERTIBLE CANON IN THE LONG SIXTEENTH CENTURY
Denis Collins, Associate Professor in Musicology from University of Queensland, Australia
This presentation takes as its starting point a seeming error in a musical example in Gioseffo Zarlino’s Le istitutioni harmoniche (1558). Careful comparison with similar examples shows that all of his examples are correct as notated. They demonstrate a contrapuntal technique that results in a type of invertible canon in performance. This lecture points to other situations where Zarlino’s theories can help in unravelling the complexities of 16th-century counterpoint. It also discusses how canons, including those that employ complex procedures, enjoyed a long history as title pages or frontispieces to manuscript collections or printed volumes of music. These canons were often presented in geometric shapes whose symbolic significance could be reinforced by accompanying artwork or textual commentaries.
Location: Online via Zoom. Contact Professor Steven Cahn for details.
Admission: FREE


Archived Lecture Videos

This virtual installment of CCM's Thinking About Music Series features a lecture by Michael Haas, a multiple Grammy Award-winning recording producer also known for his recovery of music lost during the Third Reich. The title of Haas' talk is “Hans or Hanuš: Winterberg’s Complex Tangles with the 20th Century.”

The following is an alphabetical list of past Thinking About Music speakers:

  • Kofi Agawu (2013-14)
  • Wye Jamison Allanbrook (2002–03)
  • David Ake (2008–09)
  • Charles Atkinson (2004–05)
  • Joseph Auner (2014–15)
  • Gage Averill (2006–07)
  • Judith Becker (2002–03)
  • Gerard Behague (1997–98)
  • Paul Berliner (2000–01)
  • Philip Bohlman (2007–08)
  • Graeme Boone (2000–01)
  • Gregory Booth (2013-14)
  • James Borders (2012–13)
  • Karen Bottge (2013-14)
  • Susan Boynton (1999–2000)
  • Candace Brower (1997–98)
  • Malcolm Brown (1996–97)
  • J. Peter Burkholder (2001–02)
  • Scott Burnham (1997–98)
  • Mellonee Burnim (2009–10)
  • L. Poundie Burstein (2002–03)
  • Allen Cadwallader (1998–99)
  • Deborah Campana (2012–13)
  • William Caplin (1999–2000)
  • Peter Cariani (2008–09)
  • Anna Celenza (2005–06)
  • Michael Cherlin (1998–99; 2014–15)
  • Thomas Christensen (1996–97)
  • Marcia J. Citron (2008–09)
  • Robert Clarida (2002–03)
  • Bastian Clevé (2008–09)
  • David Cohen (2001–02)
  • Richard Cohn (1997–98)
  • Vincent Colapietro (2009–10)
  • Susan Cook (1997–98)
  • Richard Crawford (2003–04)
  • Warren Darcy (2000–01; 2008–09)
  • Beverly Diamond (2011–12)
  • Walter Everett (2005–06)
  • Yajoi Uno Everett (2010–11)
  • Laurel Fay (2004–05)
  • Steven Feld (2003–04)
  • Martha Feldman (2006–07)
  • Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. (1997–98)
  • Mary Frandsen (2006–07)
  • Jane Fulcher (2002–03)
  • Sarah Fuller (2011–12)
  • Sander L. Gilman (2011–12)
  • Robert O. Gjerdingen (2001–02)
  • Beth Glixon (2000–01)
  • Philip Gossett (2004–05)
  • Taylor Greer (1996–97)
  • Barbara Haggh (1996–97)
  • Ethan Haimo (2001–02)
  • Christopher Hasty (2007–08)
  • Robert Hatten (2002–03)
  • Wendy Heller (1998–99)
  • James Hepokoski (2002–03)
  • Dane Heuchemer (2001–02)
  • Stephen Hinton (1999–2000)
  • Julian Hook (2011–12)
  • Gretchen Horlacher (2007–08)
  • Roy Howat (2006–07)
  • Mary Hunter (2010–11)
  • David Huron (2001–02)
  • Brian Hyer (2000–01)
  • Allan Keiler (1999–2000; 2007–08)
  • Kay Knittel (2006–07)
  • Nola Reed Knouse (1998–99)
  • Lev Koblyakov (2004–05)
  • Kevin Korsyn (1998–99; 2006–07)
  • Ellen Koskoff (1996–97; 2014–15)
  • Kim Kowalke (1999–2000; 2012–13)
  • Lawrence Kramer (2008–09)
  • Richard Kramer (2003–04)
  • Joseph Kraus (1997–98; 2008–09)
  • Harald Krebs (2000–01)
  • Kenneth Kreitner (2014–15)
  • Joel Lester (1998–99)
  • Mary S. Lewis (2002–03)
  • Rebecca Leydon (2004–05)
  • Laurence Libin (2001–02)
  • David Lidov (2005–06)
  • Judith Lochhead (2003–04)
  • Justin London (1996–97)
  • Hugh Macdonald (2001–02
  • Patrick Macey (2006–07)
  • William P. Malm (1998–99)
  • Rebecca Maloy (2007–08)
  • Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis (2014–15)
  • Michael Marissen (1998–99)
  • Elizabeth West Marvin (2005–06)
  • Guerino Mazzola (2007–08)
  • David McAllester (1996–97)
  • Kerry McCarthy (2009–10)
  • Andrew W. Mead (2012–13)
  • Honey Meconi (2004–05)
  • Louise Meintjes (2012–13)
  • Daniel Melamed (2000–01)
  • Stefano Mengozzi (2011–12)
  • Craig A. Monson (2012–13)
  • Jairo Moreno (2009–10; 2010–11)
  • Severine Neff (1999–2000)
  • Susan Neimoyer (2013-14)
  • Bruno Nettl (2008–09)
  • David Neumeyer (2012–13)
  • Edward Nowacki (2010–11)
  • Charles O. Nussbaum (2010–11)
  • Massimo Ossi (2005–06)
  • Leeman Perkins (2006–07)
  • Alejandro E. Planchart (2013-14)
  • Howard Pollack (2009–10; 2012–13)
  • Harold S. Powers (2003–04)
  • Guthrie Ramsey (1996–97)
  • Annie Randall (2010–11)
  • Annette Richards (2014–15)
  • Thomas L. Riis (2002–03)
  • Steven Rings (2011–12)
  • Jenefer Robinson (2003–04)
  • Alex Ross (2005–06)
  • Lee Rothfarb (2003–04)
  • William Rothstein (2006–07)
  • Lewis Rowell (2000–01; 2009–10)
  • Leonora Saavedra (1999–2000)
  • Frank Samarotto (2008–09)
  • Janna Saslaw (2009–10)
  • Carl Schachter (1999–2000)
  • Luitgard Schader (2000–01)
  • James Schmidt (2007–08)
  • Loren Schoenberg (2014–15)
  • Peter Schubert (1997–98)
  • Anthony Seeger (1998–99)
  • Peggy Seeger (1999–2000)
  • Kay Shelemay (2001–02)
  • Hedi Siegel (1998–99)
  • Dennis Slavin (1996–97)
  • Charles Smith (2004–05)
  • Peter H. Smith (1996–97)
  • Ruth Solie (2003–04)
  • Mark Spicer (2013-14)
  • Rose Subotnik (2004–05)
  • Mark Swed (2009–10)
  • Richard Taruskin (2007–08)
  • Augusta Read Thomas (2009–10)
  • Jeff Titon (2005–06)
  • Anthony Tommasini (2013-14)
  • Leo Treitler (1997–98)
  • Thomas Turino (2010–11)
  • Michael von der Linn (1999–2000)
  • Paul von Hippel (2005–06)
  • Bonnie Wade (2004–05)
  • Alan Walker (2005–06)
  • James Webster (1998–99)
  • Richard Will (2013-14)
  • Susan Youens (2007–08)
  • Steven Zohn (1999–2000)
  • Lawrence Zbikowski (2010–11)
  • James Zychowicz (1996–97)

Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition

CCM's Composition Program hosts events with guest artists from five countries throughout the 2021-22 school year. Visiting composers and guest artist ensembles present lectures and performances as part of the Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition events. Learn more.

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 
COMPOSING WITH JOY
Guest Lecture by Carl Vine, visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member 
Australian composer Carl Vine has written 25 scores for classical dance, eight symphonies, 12 concertos and a wide range of chamber music as well as music for film, television and theatre. His music is available on more than 60 commercial recordings and is performed frequently around the world. Vine served as a jury member for the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition. 
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
• Guest Artist Recital •
THE MUSIC OF CARL VINE
Featuring guest artists Beo String Quartet 
Featuring student artists from the CCM Chamber Orchestra
Enjoy a recital of works by visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member Carl Vine. The program includes Vine's Piano Trio "The Village," String Quartet No. 3, Cafe Concertino and String Quartet No. 6. Reception to follow in the CCM Baur Room. 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 
GUEST LECTURE 
Missy Mazzoli, Grammy Award-winning composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member 
Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, eighth blackbird, the BBC Symphony, Scottish Opera and many others. In 2018 she became one of the first two women, along with Jeanine Tesori, to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera and was nominated for a Grammy award. Mazzoli served as a jury member for the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition. 
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18  
• Guest Artist Series •  
THE MUSIC OF MISSY MAZZOLI 
Missy Mazzoli, Grammy Award-winning composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member  
Featuring guest artists Beo String Quartet and student artist Michael Delfin, piano
  
William R. Langley, guest conductor 
Enjoy a recital of works by visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member Missy Mazzoli. The program includes Mazzoli’s Vespers for Violin (2014), Enthusiasm Strategies (2019), Harp and Altar (2009), A Thousand Tongues (2009), Lies you Can Believe In (2007), Heartbreaker (2013), Ecstatic Science (2017) and Still Life with Avalanche (2008). Reception to follow in the CCM Baur Room.   
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall  
Admission: FREE 


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1  
GUEST LECTURE  
Aya Yoshida, Winner of the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition   

Japanese composer Aya Yoshida’s works have been performed in Japan and Europe by a diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including the performances by Curious Chamber Players in Viitasaari, Finland; by Arditti Quartet and by Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Denmark. She recently won the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition for her 10-minute piece Double-face. The first prize award includes $30,000 along with a new orchestral commission for dance. The commissioned piece will receive a world premiere by the CCM Philharmonia and CCM Ballet Ensemble during the CCMONSTAGE Dance Works performances on Dec. 2-5. 
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250   
Admission: FREE


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7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 
• CCMONSTAGE: Dance •  
DANCE WORKS 
Shauna Steele, director 
Featuring world premieres by choreographer Shauna Steele and composer Aya Yoshida, Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition winner 
CCM Dance showcases an array of classic and contemporary works restaged and choreographed by CCM Dance faculty and guest choreographers. From Paquita, choreographed by Marius Petipa (1910) and restaged by Deirdre Carberry, to Falling Upwards by Shauna Steele, which features the world premiere of a new work by Aya Yoshida, winner of the international Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition. The premiere is performed by the CCM Dance Ensemble and the CCM Philharmonia, conducted by Mark Gibson. *Please be advised, some concert lighting effects may resemble or have a strobe affect.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater   
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available.

Please note that traffic around campus will the heavier than normal due to a UC football game at 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 at UC's Nippert Stadium. Patons are encouraged to purchase parking in advance through the CCM Box Office.


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 
GUEST LECTURE
Iris ter Schiphorst, visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member  
Location:
Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
• Guest Artist Recital •  
THE MUSIC OF IRIS TER SCHIPHORST  
CCM Chamber Orchestra and guests  
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor   
Featuring music by Iris ter Schiphorst, visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member 
This recital features Schiphorst’s The Fall of the House of Usher, Sometimes II, Dislokationen II , Ballade für einen Buldozer, Hi Bill and Vielleicht gestern, presented with film and electronics in a multimedia superfest! Reception to follow in the CCM Baur Room.  
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater  
Admission: FREE


2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 
• Guest Artist Series • 
MASTER CLASS WITH ICARUS QUARTET
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater 
Admission: FREE


2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 
• Guest Artist Series •  
icarus Quartet  
New works for two pianos and two percussionists including the premier of faculty artist Douglas Knehans’s Transparent Waves
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Admission: FREE


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 
GUEST LECTURE 
Colin Matthews, visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize
for Composition jury member  
Location:
Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 
• Guest Artist Series • 
THE MUSIC OF COLIN MATTHEWS 
Colin Matthews, visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member  
Featuring Marta Aznavoorian, piano; and guest artists the Lincoln Trio and Beo String Quartet 
Showcasing Matthews’ Eleven Studies in Velocity, Three Enigmas, String Quartet No. 2, Nowhere to Hide and Hidden Agendas. Reception to follow in the CCM Baur Room. 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE