the Journal in the Colloquium Forum
Colloquium: Music, Worship, Arts
At the heart of the Institute’s work at Yale and in the world
lies its Colloquium, where the entire Institute faculty and students
gather every Wednesday afternoon to bear witness to the varied patterns
of our interdisciplinary life. The semester-long speaker series
generally coheres around a theme, sometimes contemporary, sometimes
historical, sometimes artistic or musical, sometimes theological.
During the second semester we listen to student presentations arising
from recital, coursework, travel, and independent studies. Colloquium
is a vibrant, singing mosaic of our varied institutional life, and
in it we engage with the elemental problems facing performers, scholars,
and practitioners who work with the subjects of sacred music, worship,
and the arts.
This year our students have been patiently dubbing the audio tapes
of years of Colloquium presentations. Once they are ready, they
will constitute an extraordinary archive of knowledge and performance.
In recent years we have begun to videotape Colloquium, and it is
clear that the conversations we have there are often as interesting
as the presentations themselves. This new journal, called (of course)
Colloquium, offers to a wider audience the chance to read, and to
hear and see the results of the year’s strivings. There is
a list of the students who made their presentations during the academic
year. Also included are some of the other lectures sponsored by
the Institute, and other papers to fill out either the historical
or the theological side of our efforts.
The issue is also available in print. The DVD included with the
print version is of course just a taste of the many conversations
we have at the Institute, but we want to invite you to be a part
of them. We here look forward to speaking with all of you, and have
established a Colloquium commentary feature online for your responses.
In next year’s edition, we will publish excerpts from your
comments, and hope in this way to involve our readership as well.
As editors, we are grateful to the Institute students, faculty,
and staff for their energetic commentary and tireless efforts in
helping us bring this work to you, a work that has called upon the
many disciplines represented in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music,
providing common ground for scholarship and practice in worship,
music, and all the arts.
Margot E. Fassler
Director, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Tangeman Professor of Music History
Professor of Liturgical Studies
Chair of the Program in Liturgical Studies
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