Kim Dr., H. (Hyun-Ah)



I. Publications with peer-review process

 A. Books (authored): 

1. Kim, H. (2017): The Praise of Musicke, 1586: An Edition with Commentary. Music Theory in Britain 1500 – 1700: Critical Editions. New York & London: Routledge. 208 pp. 


2. 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 & London: Routledge. 208 pp.


3. 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, U.K.; Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 274 pp.


B. Books (edited): 

Kim, H. (2017), Labriola, C., and O’Connor, M.: Music, Theology and Justice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 264 pp. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498538671/Music-Theology-and-Justice

C. Essays in edited volumes and journals: 

(forthcoming): The Humanist Defense of Music Education in Civil and Religious Life: The Praise of Musicke (1586) and Apologia Musices (1588). In: Perspectives on Music, Education and Religion: A Critical Inquiry. eds. H. Westerlund, P. Alperson and A. Kallio. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.  

(forthcoming): 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, 250 – 266.

(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: 122–134.

(2017): Music, Rhetoric and Edification of the Church in the Reformation: the Humanist Reconstruction of Modulata  Recitatio. In: The Journal of Early Modern Christianity 4.1: 1– 20.

(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, 67– 88.                                                                                                                                                                   

(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, 265 – 296.    

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

                                                                                                                 (2012): A Dream of Immortality: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. In: Emotions, Identity and Death: Mortality across Disciplines. eds. D. J. Davies and C. Park. Farnham, U.K.; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 175 – 188.   

(2009): The Merbecke Revival in Victorian Anglicanism: A Re-appraisal.  In: Toronto Journal of Theology 25.1: 57 – 76.              

(2006): Erasmus on Sacred Music. In: Reformation & Renaissance Review 8.3: 277 – 301.

(2005): Cantus planus in the Reformation. In: Reformation & Renaissance Review 7.2-3: 301 – 17.

II. Publications without peer-review process

(2005): Proportional Notation in John Merbecke’s The Booke of Common Praier Noted (1550). In Il Canto Fratto L’altro Gregoriano. eds. M. Gozzi and F. Luisi. Miscellanea  Musicologica 7. Rome: Torre d’Orfeo Editrice, 415 – 29.

(2004): Marbeck. In MGG (Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik). ed. L. Finscher. Kassel & London: Bärenreiter, 2nd edn, Personenteil, XI, 1032 – 1034.  



Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Theologische Universiteit Kampen

Areas of Research

History and Theology of Christian Music
Reformation Musical History and Theology
Jewish Liturgical Music
Music as Rhetoric/Poetry
Nexus of Music, Ethics and Spirituality
Music History

Other Functions

Research Fellow, European Melanchthon Academy of Bretten
Project Leader, ‘Reformation Musical History and Theology’
Coordinator, International Network for Music, Ethics and Spirituality (INMES)

Research Projects

Reformation Musical History and Theology (International Research Project)

Reformation Musical History and Theology

The Christian Hebraism of Philips van Marnix (1540–1598): Psalms, Musica Poetica, and the Protestant Spirituality of Dutch Exile

Music as Sacred Rhetoric in the Reformation: The Humanist Tradition and Its Aftermath


Work experience

2017 – present: Post-doc Research Fellow, Theologische Universiteit Kampen (TUK)

2009 – 2018: Fellow, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

2013 – 2015: Regular Professor (status only), Toronto School of Theology, Canada

2008 – 2015: Adjunct Professor, Trinity College in the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology



2001 – 2005: PhD in Historical Musicology, University of Durham, United Kingdom (awarded on January 13, 2006)

2000 – 2001: MA in Historical Musicology, University of Durham, UK (led to PhD)

1998 – 1998: MA in History, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea (unfinished)

1992 – 1997: BM in Church Music & BA in Theology, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea


Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2020:  Herzog-Ernst-Fellow, Gotha Research Centre, Univeresity of Erfurt, Germany

2019:  Meeter Family Research Fellow, H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin University, USA

2018: Research Fellow, European Melanchthon Academy of Bretten, Germany

2017: Hardenberg Fellow, Johannes A Lasco Bibliothek (JALB), Emden, Germany

2016: Mayers Fellow, Henry E. Huntington Library, California, USA

2008 – 2009: Eisenbichler Fellow, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

2007– 2008: Post-doc Fellow, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

2006 – 2007: Honorary Visiting Fellow, St John’s College, University of Durham, U.K.