Dr. Hyun-Ah KIM


Dr Hyun-Ah Kim (b. 1972) is a musicologist and an early modernist. Her areas of expertise include the history and theology of Christian music, ethics and spirituality of music, music as rhetoric, liturgical music, and the nexus of music and religious education, with a special focus on the Reformation and Renaissance humanism.
After studying music, theology and history in South Korea and the U.K. she completed a PhD in Historical Musicology at Durham University and conducted post-doctoral research under the auspices of various academic institutions, including the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies in the University of Toronto, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden, H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, and Gotha Research Centre (Forschungszentrum Gotha), Universität Erfurt. She was previously Regular Professor and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College in the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology, where she taught a number of innovative courses on the intersections of music, theology, ethics, rhetoric, religion and spirituality.
Currently, she is Associate Fellow of the HDC Centre for Religious History, VU University Amsterdam, and is International Fellow of the Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten, where she works on a project, 'Music, Rhetoric and Christian Hebraism in Early Modern Europe: Reuchlin's Reconstruction of the Modulata Recitatio,' and leads an international and interdisciplinary project, Reformation Musical History and Theology (RMHT). In addition, she is founder and coordinator of the International Network for Music, Ethics and Spirituality (INMES) which aims to promote research, teaching and creative work on the nexus of music, ethics and spirituality from perspectives that are cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-confessional.

Selected Publications


Kim, H. (2017; paperback, 2019): The Praise of Musicke, 1586: An Edition with Commentary. Music Theory in Britain 1500 – 1700. New York: Routledge.

Kim, H. (2017; paperback, 2019), with M. O'Connor and C. Labriola, eds. Music, Theology, and Justice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Kim, H. (2015; paperback, 2017): The Renaissance Ethics of Music: Singing, Contemplation, and Musica Humana. Religious Cultures in the Early Modern World no. 19. London: Pickering & Chatto; New York: Routledge.

Kim, H. (2008): Humanism and the Reform of Sacred Music in Early Modern England: John Merbecke the Orator and The Booke of Common Praier Noted (1550). St Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Aldershot: Ashgate [Routledge].

Essays in edited volumes and journals

Kim, H. (2020): Erasmus on I ad Corinthios 14. 15-19: The Erasmian Theology of Music and Its Legacy in Reformation England. In: Authority Revisited: Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516. eds. W. François, V. Soen et al. Lectio Series. Studies in the Transmission of Texts and Ideas. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 261 – 304.

Kim, H. (2019): The Humanist Defense of Music Education in Civil and Religious Life: The Praise of Musicke (1586) and Apologia Musices (1588). In: Music, Education and Religion: Intersections and Entanglements. eds. H. Westerlund, P. Alperson and A. Kallio. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, pp. 183 – 195.

Kim, H. (2018): Singing, Prayer and Sacrifice: The Neo-platonic Revival of Musica humana in the Swiss Reformation. In: Music and Theology in the European Reformations. eds. D. Burn, G. McDonald, J. Verheyden, and P. De Mey. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 250 – 266.

Kim, H. (2017): Music of the Soul (Animae Musica): Marsilio Ficino and the Revival of Musica humana in Renaissance Neo-Platonism. In: Reformation & Renaissance Review 19.2., pp. 122–134.

Kim, H. (2015): Death, Music, and the Appropriateness of Emotions in Reformation England: Humanist Portrayals of Burial and Mourning in Musica Rhetorica. In: Dying, Death, Burial, and Commemoration in Reformation Europe. eds. J. Willis and E. Tingle. Farnham, U.K.; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, pp. 67– 88.

Kim, H. (2014): Matteo Ricci and His Confucian Friends: Interfaith Friendships in the Clash of Asian and European Humanisms. In: Friendship and Sociability in Pre-Modern Europe: Contexts, Concepts and Expressions. eds. A. McCue Gill and S. Rolfe Prodan. Toronto: CRRS, pp. 265 – 296.

Kim, H. (2013): Homo Ludens, Music, and Ritual: The Play/Non-Play Characters of Religious Music. In: Questions Liturgiques /Studies in Liturgy 94.3, pp. 220 – 246.





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