Colin Roust

Assistant Professor, Musicology
Primary office:
342 Murphy Hall


Ph.D. University of Michigan; B.M. University of Missouri

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, and his areas of research interest include the French composer Georges Auric, music history pedagogy, music and politics, and the intersection of music and the other arts in multimedia genres (song, film, opera, ballet, etc.).

Roust is a co-editor of The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook (2012) and his work has appeared in Music & Politics, The Musical Quarterly, twentieth-century music, and Ars Lyrica. 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 is an advocate of music history pedagogy, serving currently as Chair of the AMS Pedagogy Study Group and previously on the AMS Committee for Career-Related Issues. He was the host and co-organizer of the 2014 Teaching Music History Conference and will be a co-organizer for both the 2015 and 2016 editions. In addition to speaking at local teaching conferences at Roosevelt, Oberlin, and the University of Michigan, he has presented or chaired sessions at the Teaching Music History Conference, and at national and regional meetings of the American Musicological Society and the College Music Society. He contributed a chapter to the first volume of the ebook Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy (2013), and served on the editorial board for the second volume (2014).

Roust's major projects currently include a monograph on The Music and Politics of Georges Auric, an edited translation of Auric's memoirs, and an edited translation of William Ritter's Etudes d'Art Etranger (with Salvatore Calomino). In addition, Roust and pianist Julian Jacobson are preparing a three-CD set of Auric's complete piano works. For more on his publications, please visit his site.

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