Hollander Lecture in Musicology

The new Hollander Lecture in Musicology brings some of the world's leading music scholars to the Michigan State University campus. In addition to teaching a classroom seminar with College of Music students, each lecturer makes a public presentation on a current research project. The series is generously sponsored by the Stanley and Selma Hollander Endowed Fund in Musicology.

Past lectures

  • The 2019 lecture was conducted by Emily Dolan, Gardner Cowles associate professor of music, Harvard University Department of Music. Her lecture, "“Impossible Gluck, or the Future of Timbre,” reflected on the “timbral litany” in today’s scholarship (timbre has no standardized language; it lacks a systematic theory; timbre is defined negatively, and so forth).
  • The 2017 lecture was led by Anne Robertson, musicologist, University of Chicago. Her lecture, "Beads, Books, Coins and Rituals: Josquin’s Music and Material Culture of the Late Middle Ages," focused on ways in which objects and music complement and enhance one another in the late middle ages.
  • The 2016 lecture was conducted by Annegret Fauser, the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of  Music at the University of North Carolina. Her lecture, "Appalachian Spring: Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Their Audiences," reflected on the Appalachian setting of "Appalahian Spring," its wartime context, its choreography, and its music, as well as the broader roles of collaborative (or not) creation when combining the kinetic and the sonic on the stage.
  • The 2015 lecutre was led by Jocelyn Neal, Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her lecture, "The Politics of Twang or What’s a Harpsichord Doing in My Country Music?" focused on the presence of harpsichords in country music which offers a useful case study to examine the roles of timbre and tradition in the country genre and a possible answer to the question of what is twang, and why does it matter so much to country’s fans.
  • The 2014 lecture was conducted by Glenn Watkins, professor emeritus from the University of Michigan. His lecture, “Writing History: The Composer and the Musicologist,” focused on american musicology’s coming of age since the 1950s; and the contemporary composer’s fascination with early repertoires; and the his own gradual turn to the music of the 20th-21st century.
  • The 2013 lecture was led by John Rice from the University of Michigan. “Music and the Grand Tour in the 18th Century,” focused on the affects on music in Europe’s prosperous era of the early 1700s. Citizens from countries across the region traveled widely, intermingling cultures and influencing music.
  • The 2012 lecturer was Charles Hiroshi Garrett of the University of Michigan, who spoke on “Joking Matters: Humor and American Music” 
  • The inaugural lecture in 2011 featured Danielle Fosler-Lussier of Ohio State University, who spoke on “The Right and the Best Ambassador: Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, and the U.S. Reception of Cultural Diplomacy.”