Richard Winslow

Music Department Colloquium with William Brooks ’65— “Wesleyan, Winslow: The Works”

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown


The late John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Richard K. Winslow ’40, Hon ’10, P ’71, GP ’23 (1918–2017) taught and conducted Music at Wesleyan from 1949 to 1983. During his tenure he helped found Wesleyan’s World Music Program, arrange the publication of John Cage’s Silence (1961), and take the Wesleyan Concert Choir on numerous international tours.

William Brooks ’65, who credits much of his thinking to Winslow’s tutelage, is creating editions of significant pieces from Winslow’s substantial compositional oeuvre. Brooks taught at the University of Illinois and the University of York until his retirement in 2021. A composer and musicologist, his work focuses on the history and implications of experimentalism, broadly conceived, and on a pragmatic approach to popular music.

This Music Department Colloquium will feature rare recordings of Winslow and extensive video footage from the Winslow family. 


A Tribute to Richard K. Winslow
Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3pm
Crowell Concert Hall

A concert featuring performances of compositions by the late John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Richard K. Winslow ’40, Hon ’10, P ’71, GP ’23 (1918–2017) from new scores prepared by William Brooks ’65, featuring guitarist David Leisner ’75, sopranos Kalia Kellogg and Katherine Whyte, and woodwind quintet Harmonia V, and including a new reimagining of the dance work “Abide” originally choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz ’79 and I. Made Bandem PhD ’80 in 1979. Event curated by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, who will be conducting the second half of the concert.