Schroeder Lecture Series

David Schroeder Music and Culture lecture series

This lecture series was begun to coincide with the advent of the graduate program as a way of offering our graduate students access to a broader range of scholars, and is named in honor of Dr. David Schroeder a distinguished musicologist who recently retired from Dalhousie University. Read the Dal News article about Dr. Schroeder's retirement and the creation of the lecture series.

The series usually includes three lectures a year, scheduled on Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m. in room 406 of the Dal Arts Centre. Attendance is required of all graduate students. Free admission.

This year's lectures

This series hosts guest speakers in public lectures. All lectures are free and open to the public and held on Thursdays at noon in Arts Centre 406 (MacAloney Room). 

2018-19 Lectures

Architecture of Music, Architecture of Silence: Music and Buildings since Medieval Times

Pianist Guy Livingston has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony and the Orchestre Nationale de France, and a recitalist at the Centre Pompidou, the Library of Congress, aThe Knitting Faculty, and Lincoln Center. He has lectured at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Leiden, and the European space Agency, and has produced and directed radio features and podcasts.

But the Nazis Loved Music, Too

William Cheng is Associate Professor of Music at Dartmouth College and the author of two award-winning books, Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (2014) and Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (2016). He teaches and writes about topics in media, ethics, disability, race, play, performance, and sonic weaponry, and he has written for outlets such as Washington Post, Slate, Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, and TIME Magazine.

Chant, Liturgy, and the “Isidorian Renaissance”

Rebecca Maloy is Professor of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in plainsong, liturgy and ritual, and the theory and analysis of early music. She is the author of Inside the Offertory: Aspects of Chronology and Transmission (2010), co-author, with Emma Hornby, of Music and Meaning in Old Hispanic Lenten Chants (2013), and co-editor of Chant, Liturgy, and the Inheritance of Rome.

Previous lectures

Kyra Gaunt, State University of New York, Albany
Booty Hopscotch (Keep that A$$ Jumpin'): Exploiting Tween Girls Twerking in YouTube's Corporate-Controlled Spaces

Deborah McGrady, University of Virginia
Silencing the Sirens: Guillaume de Machaut's Anxious Dealings with Song

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia University
Global Currents, Local Tides: Re-Imagining Irish Traditional Music in the 21st Century

Paul Theberge, Carleton University
Gould and Scriabin: Extending Interpretation Beyond the Boundaries of Music

Heather Sparling, Cape Breton University
Moving Memories: Disaster Songs as Vernacular Commemorations of Death

Phanuel Antwi, Saint Mary’s University
Sounding the Past: Dub Poetry as an Ethical Encounter in the Black Atlantic

Professor Derek Charke, Acadia University
Composing Extremes - a sound journey to the floe edge: The art of sound recording in the far north

Professor Mary Ann Smart, UC Berkeley
Speculative Fictions and 'Smart' Machines: Staging Humanism and Post-humanism in Wagner's Ring CycleMarch

Professor Susan Fast, McMaster University
Michael Jackson's Queer Musical Belongings