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 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.”