Colleen Renihan

Colleen Renihan

Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar


Music, Music/Theatre, Faculty

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Dr. Colleen Renihan joined the DAN School of Drama and Music as Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in 2016. She earned a B. Mus. in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba, an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music, and an MA and PhD in Musicology at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Renihan is an interdisciplinary arts humanities researcher, trained in musicology, with multiple intersecting research foci on issues of voice, gesture transmission, memory, temporality, and the role of the arts in healthy aging. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including, most recently, the journals twentieth century musicThe Journal of the Society for American MusicMusic, Sound, and the Moving Image; Journal of Singing; University of Toronto Quarterly, The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing; and Wellbeing, Space, and Society. She has also authored chapters in several edited collections, including those forthcoming in Opera in Flux; Music Theatre and Politics; and Childhood and the Operatic Imaginary Since 1900. Renihan is part of several transdisciplinary research teams, and is co-founder of the International Musicological Society’s Temporality in Music Theatre Study Group. Her monograph, The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History was published by Routledge in 2020, and her co-edited book Sound Pedagogy: Radical Care in Music with Dr. John Spilker (Nebraska-Wesleyan University) and Dr. Trudi Wright (Regis University) is forthcoming in 2024. She is an active member of MusCan, SAM, AMS, IMS, and IFTR.