Music forum

On selected Wednesdays during the trimester: 12:00–1:00 pm, Room 006, 86 Fairlie Terrace (unless otherwise noted).

Music Forum is a seminar series hosted by the NZSM Music Studies Programme. Staff, graduate students, and distinguished visiting speakers present recently completed research or discuss work in progress. Topics range across historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, and jazz studies, among other subdisciplines of music studies.

Music Forum is open to all members of the University community and the public. Admission is free.

Music Forum Trimester 1 2020

CANCELLED: 18 March 2020

Profile of Cat in dark and light shadow


Stepping Aside: Gender Equality and Privilege in Australian Music Culture

Gender is a hot topic in Australia right now. Issues such as domestic violence, the pay gap, equal participation, the housing market, and even the US elections have brought about considerable debates where the impact on women is being highlighted. But what about in the specific field of music - is gender equality and opportunity an issue? Despite the feisty discussions in the media, issues are often complicated by multiple contributing factors, including age, race, education and – the one we really struggle with - privilege. This paper examines some of the data collected to date and brings together some of the current debates, including those around the degree of importance of the issue. Some of the proposed and implemented strategies and projects designed to ensure greater gender equality will be discussed, as will the strengths, weaknesses, and suitability of such strategies. The time has come to assess the benefits of diverse communities at different levels of practice, and make a case for true gender equality in the arts.

Professor Cat Hope is an academic with an active profile as a composer, sound artist, and musician. She is the director of the award-winning music ensemble, Decibel, and has toured internationally. Her composition and performance practices explore the physicality of sound in different media, and her compositions have been recorded for Australian, German and Austrian national radio, with her work being awarded numerous prizes including the APRA/AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music. Cat has collaborated with Australian visual artists such as Tracy Moffat, Kate McMillan, Erin Coates, and Tina Havelock-Stevens, and she has written work for the London Improvisers Orchestra amongst others. Currently, she is Head of Music at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.

Coming soon

8 April

Sally Jane Norman (NZSM – Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington)

Performance Technologies, Their Ghosts and Their Progeny


CANCELLED DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: David R. M. Irving (ICREA & Institució Milà i Fontanals–CSIC, Barcelona)

Global Materials and Labour in the Construction of Early Modern European Music

13 May

NZSM postgraduates & staff (details tbc)

Sound Bites

27 May

Inge van Rij (NZSM – Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington)

“A Dazzling and Surprising Spectacle:” Women Orchestral Players, Modernity, and Body in Early Twentieth-century Paris