Each year, the composition program of the Department of Music hosts a composers seminar open to all CNU students and the public. The seminar affords students an opportunity to meet and converse with a composer of international renown.

Past composers:


Loris Chobanian
Baldwin-Wallace College
2012-13 Don Freund 
Indiana University
2011-12 John Traill
Oxford University
2010-11 René Clausen 
Concordia College


Thomas Miller 
DePaul University

Kenneth Fuchs 
University of Connecticut

2008-09 Adophus Hailstork 
Old Dominion University
2007-08 Jennifer Barker 
University of Delaware
2006-07 W. Francis McBeth 
Quachita University
2005-06 Dmitri Tymoczko 
Princeton University
2004-05 Morris Rosenzweig 
University of Utah


Eric Ewazen 
The Juilliard School of Music

Rolf Rudin 
Frankfurter Musikhochschule, Germany


Nigel Clarke 

Martin Ellerby 
Studio Music Company, 
Royal Air Force Music Services, England


Samuel Adler 
The Juilliard School of Music

This prestigious lecture series in musicology was founded in the spring of 1996 in honor of the late Vianne Webb, one of Hampton Roads' leading music scholars and director of classical music programming at WHRO FM 90.3. Each year leading musicologists are invited to campus to deliver lectures in their field of expertise.

2014 Dr. Massimo Ossi (Indiana University)
Venus, Mars, and Comus: Structure and Interpretation of Monteverdi’s Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi.
2013 Richard Will (University of Virginia)
100 Years of Seduction
2010 Clyde Brockett (Christopher Newport University)
Ethnicity, Nationalism and Integration in the Music of Gottschalk
2009 Craig Wright (Yale University)
Mozart and the Nature of Genius

Ron Pen (University of Kentucky)

2007 David and Ginger Hildebrand (Peabody Conservatory)
Music in America: The First 200 Years
2006 Susan Boynton (Columbia University)
Time and Memory in Fanny Hensel's Das Jahr
2005 Raoul Camus (Brooklyn College)
American Dance
2004 Deane L. Root (University of Pittsburgh)
Stephen Foster and American Cultural History

Timothy McGee (University of Toronto)
Medieval Song

Howard Smither (University of North Carolina)
The Oratorio

2002 Barbara Haggh-Huglo (University of Maryland)
Where Do Composers Get Their Ideas?
2001 Ron Pen (University of Kentucky)
American Fiddle Tunes

Suzanne Cusick (University of Virginia)
Women Musicians and the Turning of Centuries

Wiley Hitchcock (Emeritus, City University of New York)
Music of Charles Ives