Timothy Steele

Timothy Steele

Timothy Steele
Associate Professor; Department Chair
(Musicology, Music), Music
(616) 526-8523
CF 258

Educational background

  • BMusEd, Music Education, Temple University, 1981
  • MM, Music History, Temple University, 1983
  • PhD, Musicology, University of Chicago, 1993

Timothy H. Steele is associate professor of music and chair of the Music Department at Calvin College. He is a founding member and past president of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music and is director of the Christian Voices in Musicology Study Group. His research interests include settings of Latin psalms from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the use of Genevan Psalmody in twentieth-century Hungary. Before coming to Calvin College, Dr. Steele was director of the instrumental program, chair of the Department of Music, and dean of the Division of Arts and Letters at Covenant College. Prior to that he taught music history and theory at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he also directed the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony. He was a clarinet student of Anthony Gigliotti (Philadelphia Orchestra) and earned the B.Mus.Ed. at Temple University (1981).

In addition to teaching and research in music history, Dr. Steele performs extensively on early wind and string instruments and has directed the Calvin College Collegium Musicum. He has performed with and directed early music ensembles at Temple University, the University of Chicago, and Covenant College. He studied historical performance with Howard Mayer Brown (University of Chicago), Mary Springfels (The Newberry Consort), Mary Anne Ballard (The Baltimore Consort), Ben Harms (Calliope), and Lucy Bardo (The New York Consort of Viols). He has performed with the Orianna Singers in Chicago and in a production of the thirteenth-century Play of Daniel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Early Music Ensemble of Grand Rapids, and is musicological consultant to The Hildegard Singers. He contributed performances and arrangements to the CD Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): Songs from the Abbey (Alto Productions, 2011), for which he also provided the liner notes, and the DVD Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light (Linn Maxwell, 2012).

Selected Publications & Scholarly Presentations

  • Faithful Learning in Music. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company. Forthcoming.
  • “The Magyar Zsoltárok (Budapest, 1979) and Genevan Psalmody in Twentieth-Century Hungary: A Musical and Historical Overview.” The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Colorado College, July 18, 2011.
  • “A Prosa, A Procession, and the First Printed Psalm Motet: The Anonymous Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus in Motetti C.” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13, 2010.
  • “Zoltán Kodály’s Genevan Psalm 50: The Composer as Prophet in the Midst of National Crisis.” Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship, Boston University, February 26, 2010.
  • “Tonal Coherence and the Cycle of Thirds in Josquin's Memor esto verbi tui.” In Tonal Structures in Early Music, ed. Cristle Collins Judd, 155-81. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1998.

Honors & Awards

  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Major Grant, 2009. Project title: “Crisis, Justice and Peace: Christian Voices in Musicology.”
  • Council For Christian Colleges and Universities, Strategic Initiatives Grant program, Planning Grant, 2008. Project title: “Christian Voices in Musicology.”
  • Sabbatical Research Grant, Covenant College Kaleo Center, 2005.
  • NEH Summer Seminar Stipend, Brandeis University, 1995.
  • Julius Herford Prize for Distinguished Doctoral Research in Choral Music, 1993, Honorable Mention.