Catherine Slowik

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Cat Slowik (2015) is a PhD candidate in music history. Before coming to Yale, she earned a BA in art history and anthropology at Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Cantus Firmus Techniques in English Instrumental Music (1540–1680)” (advised by Gary Tomlinson) considers technē as a form of musical knowledge and discusses the particular techniques of instrumental cantus firmus composition in England, from the in nomine to the hexachord fantasy.

In 2019, Cat developed and co-taught an undergraduate seminar on “Audile Technique” with Brian Kane. Other fields of interest include media archeology, digital philology, the music–language metaphor, and feminist theory. Cat co-convenes Yale’s Sound Studies Working Group and co-founded the Yale Music Gender Equity Initiative in 2018. As a cellist and viol player, Cat appears frequently in New York, DC, and New Haven. She performs regularly as a member of the Smithsonian Consort of Viols, the Elm City Consort, the Yale Collegium Musicum, and the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and she directs the Yale Consort of Viols.


Program Type: 
Music History