Kate Kennedy Steiner

Faculty; Chapel Choir Ensemble Director; Director of Church Music & Worship program

Katherine Kennedy SteinerPhone: 519-885-0220 x24264
E-mail: ksteiner@uwaterloo.ca

Katherine Kennedy Steiner combines her interests in music, ritual practice, and communal identity in her research on medieval music. Her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College introduced her to the intricate beauty of early music. During her M.A.R. work at Yale Divinity School she learned about the ritual contexts in which most early music was performed. She went on to Princeton University to write a dissertation on music and liturgy in medieval St Andrews, offering new insight into an important collection of medieval polyphony. More broadly, Steiner researches the role of music in shaping communal identity through ritual practice and narrative history. 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. She has taught courses on Hildegard of Bingen, film music, Western music history, and liturgy. Her interest in contemporary worship led her to design a liturgy called Speravi, incorporating contemporary music into an ancient liturgy. She has also led early music vocal ensembles at Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame.
At Conrad Grebel, Dr. Steiner is the Director of the Church Music & Worship program, as well as director of the Chapel Choir.

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