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Durham University

Music Theology

Music Theology Study Group

The Music Theology study group meets three times per term during the Academic Year. The group includes staff and postgraduates from the departments of music and theology and is also open to undergraduate students taking the Music Theology level 3 module.

The study group serves as a forum to discuss new publications in theology and music, normally using a book chapter or journal article. The group also provides a friendly environment where staff and students can present their current research, including drafts for book chapters and conference papers.

Music Theology Study Group 2017/2018

Michaelmas Term

Mon 30th Oct: Kernodle, Tammy L. 2006. "Work the Works: The role of African-American Women in the Development of Contemporary Gospel" in Black Music Research Journal 26/1. Columbia: University of University of Illinois Press. 89-109.

Mon 13th Nov: Begbie, Jeremy S. 2017. "Modeling Harmony: Music Theology and Peace-Building" in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 71/1.13-24.

Mon 11th Dec: McGuire, Charles E. 2000. "Elgar, Judas and the Theology of Betrayal" in 19th Century Music 23/3. 236-272.

Epiphany Term (Workshop Session)

Thurs 1st March:
Stefan Keym, " 'Musique théologique'? The Double Communication Strategy of Olivier Messiaen's Religious Works" to be held in the Music Department Concert Room, Divinity House at 9-11am.

Other works that have been considered by the music theology group include:

Sacred Music in Secular Society by John Arnold (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2014)
Resonant Witness – Conversations between Music and Theology. Edited by Jeremy S. Begbie and Stephen R. Guthrie (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2011)
Secular Music and Sacred Theology. Edited by Tom Beaudoin (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013)
Music in American Religious Experience. Edited by Bohlman, Blumhofer & Chow. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
Music as Theology: What Music has to say about the Word. By Maeve Louise Heaney (Eugene, Or: Pickwick Publications, 2012)
J. Andreas Loewe 'Musica Est Optimum': Martin Luther's Theory of Music, Music and Letters 94:4 (2013)

If you wish to join the study group, please email Zoe Wardell (