This site houses the archives of the University of Arizona Choral Studies Distinguished Speakers Series, begun in the fall of 2020. The series features content-area specialists, each of which presents a fifty-minute lecture on historical repertoire composed by under-represented populations, or relevant movements and traditions not typically included in the choral curriculum. The purpose is to intentionally create a more inclusive and diverse course of study, with these composers and movements embedded in the primary curriculum of choral literature. When possible, content-area specialists are from the same populations as the topic on which they are presenting.
The speakers also recommend listening, scores and readings that students should examine in advance of the lecture and these are included in the topic folder. These lectures and materials are free and available to everyone – they may be used in courses, for extra-curricular activities, or for personal edification. It is hoped that these lectures also will generate interest in more scholarship on these composers and topics. This project was started by Dr. Elizabeth Schauer.