Samantha Arten, Ph.D in Musicology

I am a music historian and faculty affiliate in the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. I hold a Ph.D in musicology from Duke University (2018); my dissertation, “The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Protestant Ideology, and Musical Literacy in Elizabethan England,” argued that the English Reformation’s primary hymnal attempted to advocate for musical literacy for the common people. My research is highly interdisciplinary, approaching Reformation sacred music and English music printing in relation to theology and book history. In addition to my work as a music historian, I am also a professional soprano with a focus in early music, singing primarily in liturgical church choirs and with Baroque ensembles, and I am putting my experience in arts and academic administration to good use as Project Administrator for the Lived Religion in the Digital Age project (based in the Saint Louis University Department of Theological Studies and funded by the Luce Foundation) and as Administrative Manager of the Women’s HOPE Chorale of St. Louis.

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