Kate Kennedy Steiner

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of the Church Music and Worship Program, Noon Hour Concert Coordinator

Kate Kennedy Steiner

(519) 885-0220 ext. 24244
Office:  CGUC 1106

B.Mus, Wheaton College, 2004
M.A. in Religion (Liturgical Studies), Yale Divinity School, 2007
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013 

Research Areas:

Liturgical song, medieval chant, early polyphony, religious communities

Courses Taught:

Arts 130 - Inquiry & Communication (Topic: Hamilton: A Musical Biography)
Music 100 – Understanding Music
Music 253 - Cathedral & Court: Music to 1600
Music 363 - The Christian Hymn
Music 364 – Worship and Its Music
Chapel Choir

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Kate Kennedy Steiner combines her interests in music, ritual practice, narrative history, and communal identity in her research on medieval music. She received an M.A.R. in liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School and a PhD at Princeton University with a dissertation on music and liturgy in medieval St Andrews, offering new insight into an important collection of medieval polyphony. Her published work includes an article on music for a Scottish saint in Plainsong and Medieval Music, and an edited volume of meditations on Scriptural songs, Come, Let us Sing to the Lord. She has held postdoctoral fellowships as a teaching scholar at Valparaiso University and as a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies. As a professor of music at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, she teaches courses on music history, focusing on music making in social contexts. She also directs the Church Music and Worship program, teaching courses on Christian worship and music, directing the Chapel Choir at Conrad Grebel University College, and leading the Worship Apprenticeship Program.

Kate Steiner talking to three students in Grebel atrium

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Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “The Scribe of W1 and His Scottish Context” in Journal of Musicology (Summer 2021)

  • “Composing St Columba, Hope of the Scots” in Plainsong and Medieval Music (Spring 2018)

Edited Volumes

  • Come, Let us Sing to the Lord: Songs of Scripture. Wycliffe Studies in Gospel, Church, and Culture. Wipf and Stock, 2017.

Book Reviews

  • Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception, by Jennifer Bain. Early Music America. (Summer 2016).

Manuscript in Preparation

  • The Second City: Notre Dame Polyphony and English Liturgy at St Andrews

Selected Activities: 

  • Chapel Music Coordinator and Librarian, Wycliffe College, Fall 2016-Winter 2018
  • Founding member of Quaterna, University of Notre Dame, Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012
  • Music leader and Liturgical Planner for Speravi Mass, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mishawaka, IN Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012
  • Co-leader and performer in Musical Alta, Princeton University, Sept. 2007-May 2010 (Viola da Gamba, Violoncello and Solo Soprano)

Fellowships and Awards: 

  • Strathmartine Trust Grant, Summer 2016
  • Mellon Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2015-2016
  • Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship, Valparaiso University, 2013-2015
  • Dr. Guenther Findel-Stiftung, Wolfenbüttel Herzog August Bibliothek, Feburary-May 2012
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Research Grant, July 2010
  • Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship for Study and Research in Greece, June 2010
  • Mary Cady Tew Prize, Yale University Divinity School, 2007
  • Aidan Kavanaugh Achievement Prize, Yale University Divinity School, 2007
  • Liturgical Studies Prize, Yale University Divinity School, 2006

Professor Steiner teaches Music History here at Grebel, listen to learn more! 

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