Colin Roust

Associate Professor of Musicology
Director of Graduate Studies in Music
Primary office:
342 Murphy Hall


Colin Roust joined the University of Kansas musicology faculty in 2014, after prior experience at Roosevelt University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with specializations in twentieth-century music and film music. His areas of research interest include the French composer Georges Auric, band music, music and politics, and the intersection of music and the other arts in multimedia genres (song, film, opera, ballet, etc.). Roust is an advocate of music history pedagogy, having served as Chair of the AMS Pedagogy Study Group and the editorial boards for both the Journal of Music History Pedagogy and Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy.


Roust is the author of Georges Auric: A Life in Music and Politics (2020), a co-editor of The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook (2012), and his work has appeared in various journals and edited collections. He has presented papers at national and international conferences of the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, Royal Musical Association (UK), and Society for American Music, in addition to the American Comparative Literature Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Society for French Historical Studies, and Society for French Studies (UK).


Roust’s current major projects currently include two critical editions entitled Early Music of Francis Johnson from the Phoebe Rush Manuscript and The Diary of Thomas Clarke Key, 357th Infantry Regiment Band, American Expeditionary Force.

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