Each year, the graduate students in UCLA's Department of Musicology invite a number of outstanding  scholars from this country and abroad to participate in the Distinguished Lectures Series. Sponsored by the Musicology Graduate Student Society, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Department of Musicology, the content of lectures reflects the interests of visitors, faculty, and students, and has embraced diverse subjects pertaining to the study of music.

For more details about the series and to view abstracts, please visit the DLS website, and please “Like” us on Facebook.


  • November 17th:  Alejandro Planchart (UCSB), “The Liturgical and Political Context of Du Fay’s Mass Music in the 1440s”
    • Room: TBA
    • Time: 4:00 PM


  • January 19th: Wendy Heller (Princeton)
    • Room and Time: TBA
  • February 9th: Music and Transnational Contexts in the Twentieth Century: A Panel Discussion
    • Room and Time: TBA
    • Chair: Tamara Levitz, Respondent: Shana Redmond
    • Panelists: TBA
  • February 10th: Modernism and Imperialism: Seminar with DLS panelists
  • February 23rd: Berthold Hoeckner (U Chicago)


  • April 6th: Panel on Music and Transnational Contexts in the Twentieth Century
    • Room: Ostin Recording Studio
    • Time: 4:30pm
    • Chair: Tamara Levitz
    • Panelists: Brigid Cohen, Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Shana Redmond, and W. Anthony Sheppard
    • Reception to follow
  • April 7th: Seminar on Modernism and Imperialism with invited panelists
    • Room: Musicology Seminar Room, SMB 2449
    • Time: 2:00pm
  • May 25th: Martin Daughtry (NYU)

As in the past, there will be a "brown bag" lunch with most of the speakers as well as dinner at the Faculty Center following the reception (with limited space). Individual announcements for each event will contain further details about lunch and dinner. We encourage students to attend at least one of these social events to meet scholars of interest.  


Past Speakers



October 15, 2015: Elijah Wald

November 9, 2015: Alvaro Torrente, Universidad Compultense, Madrid, Spain

January 21, 2016: Alejandro Madrid

February 25, 2016: Phil Bohlman 

April 14, 2016: Jennifer Saltzstein

May 5, 2016: Jessica Schwartz, UCLA



November 20, 2014: Kristi Brown-Montesano, The Colburn School

December 4, 2014: David MacFadyen, UCLA

January 22, 2015: Anna Maria Busse Berger, UC Davis

February 5, 2015: Gary Tomlinson, Yale University

April 16, 2015: Su Yin Mak, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

April 23, 2015: Robin James, UNC Charlotte 

May 28, 2015: Josh Kun, USC



October 3, 2013: Benjamin Piekut, Cornell University

November 21, 2013: Robert W. Fink, UCLA

March 13, 2014: Joy Calico, Vanderbilt

April 17, 2014: Jocelyne Guilbault, UC Berkeley

May 1, 2014: Emily Wilbourne, Queens College, CUNY



October 11, 2012: Michael Scott Cuthbert, MIT

November 15, 2012: Emma Dillon, University of Pennsylvania

January 24, 2013: Elizabeth Upton, UCLA

February 14, 2013: Tom Johnson, Composer/Journalist

February 28, 2013: James Currie, University at Buffalo

April 25, 2013: Mina Yang, USC

May 23, 2013: Guthrie “Guy” Ramsey, University of Pennsylvania



October 6, 2011: Jerome Camal, UCLA

October 13, 2011: David Savran, The Graduate Center, CUNY

November 3, 2011: Karen Tongson, University of Southern California

December 1, 2011: Tamara Levitz, UCLA

February 23, 2012: Margaret Murata, UC Irvine

March 15, 2012: Judith Peraino, Cornell University

April 12, 2012: Tavia Nyong'o, NYU



October 7, 2010: Robynn Stilwell, Georgetown University

January 27, 2011: Nina Treadwell, UC Santa Cruz

February 10, 2011: Joanna Demers, University of Southern California

February 17, 2011: Stacy Wolf, Lewis Center for the Arts, NYU

May 12, 2011: Ingrid Monson, Harvard University

May 19, 2011: Seth Brodsky, Yale University



December 3, 2009: Nina Eidsheim, UCLA

February 4, 2010: Wendy Allanbrook, UC Berkeley

February 11, 2010: Leonora Saavedra, UC Riverside

February 25, 2010: Jacqueline Warwick, Dalhousie University

March 4, 2010: Steven Feld, University of New Mexico

April 22, 2010: Bonnie Wade, UC Berkeley

May 13, 2010: Gianmario Borio, University of Pavia

May 20, 2010: Suzanne Cusick, NYU


For a list of speakers who participated in the Distinguished Lecture Series from 1989 to 2005, please click here