Dr. Hyun-Ah KIM


Dr. Hyun-Ah Kim (b. 1972) is a musicologist and a Reformation scholar. Her areas of expertise include the history and theology of Christian music, the ethics and spirituality of music, music as rhetoric, and 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 (2005). She then conducted post-doctoral research under the auspices of various academic institutions as follows: she was Honorary Visiting Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University (2006 –2007); Post-doctoral Fellow, Eisenbichler Fellow and Research Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto (2007 – 2018); Mayers Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery in California (2016); and Hardenberg Fellow at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden (2017).

       She was previously Regular Professor and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College in the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology (2008 – 2015), where she taught a number of innovative courses on the intersections of music, theology, ethics, rhetoric, religion and spirituality. Currently, she is a Research Fellow of the Theologische Universiteit Kampen as well as the Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten, where she leads an international and interdisciplinary project in the framework of RefoRC, Reformation Musical History and Theology(RMHT): https://www.reforc.com/reformation-musical-history-and-theology/   


       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 Recent Publications


Books authored


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


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.


Books edited


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

Essays in edited volumes and journals 


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.  



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.


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.



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