This project aims to promote academic research on all aspects of Reformation Musical History and Theology.

No synthetic and theoretical study of the Reformation musical history and theology has so far been undertaken despite its acknowledged need. As well as filling a specific lacuna, this research project seeks to identify the historical and theological foundations of the Reformation,  musical practices and their significance for education, ethics, and liturgy today.  The objectives of this project are:

  • To create an international academic network to conduct research on Reformation Musical History and Theology.
  • To provide an interdisciplinary centre unifying musicological, historical and theological work carried out within academic institutions and other public and relevant private organizations.
  • To present conferences, seminars, and lecture series’ in support of international and national interests in Reformation Musical History and Theology.
  • To identify and develop new methodological and hermeneutical frameworks for Reformation Musical History and Theology.
  • To distribute the outcome of the projects (theses, monographs and edited volumes) for a wide international readership.

This project has the following foci:

  • Music and Religious Education in Reformation Europe.
  • Music, Rhetoric, and Moral Philosophy in Early Modern Europe.
  • Music, Language, and Liturgy in the Reformation.
  • Music, Devotion, and Identity in Reformation Europe.
  • Music, Exile, and Spirituality in Early Modern Europe.

Title of Research Project

Reformation Musical History and Theology

Name of Organizing Institution

Theological University Kampen and European Melanchthon-Academy Bretten

In the framework of: RefoRC

Project Leader

Dr. Hyun-Ah Kim

Duration of the Project


International Conference

The First International Conference on Reformation Musical History and Theology will be held in Enschede, The Netherlands, 25-27 November 2020: The Reformed Theology and Spirituality of Music. See