Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Educator
Current academic appointments:
Artist and Clinician in Residence at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Fellow for The Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Previous academic appointments: Ten years as academic dean and professor of music-thanatology at the School of Music-Thanatology, Chalice of Repose Project; chairing a masters degree program in music-thanatology in the pastoral division of the graduate school of theology at St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver; and chairing the music program at Regis University, Denver, where she established both historical harp and music-thanatology baccalaureate “flex” degrees. Prior to chairing the program at Regis University, she was Executive Director of Ars Antiqua, a center for medieval musicology and performance practice. At Ars Antiqua, for eight consecutive years, she received thirty-eight harp students every semester and founded a women’s schola cantorum that eventually became ensemble in residence at St. Thomas.
Since 1984, she has been a medical-clinical or pastoral visiting professor or artist-in-residence at over sixty American and European universities, colleges, medical schools and institutes.
Areas of original work, cumulative experience and continued interest:
Medieval musicology; historic harp; palliative medicine; monastic medicine; music-thanatology; the women mystics; the theology of beauty; the medicine/spirituality/music interface.
Courses Taught: Graduate Level:
Historical harp and medieval musicology; Latin hymnody and Gregorian chant; Schola Cantorum; survey courses on Western Christian monasticism: Desert Experience to the Franciscans; monastic medicine and music-thanatology; contemplative musicianship; clinical courses in palliative care; the seven penitential psalms; the principles of prescriptive music; contemplative musicianship; medieval musicology; Troubador-Trouvere literature; Minnesinger repertoire; Sephardic repertoire; the Cantigas de la Santa Maria; Italian Lauda; composition seminars; seminars on the Epic of Gilgamesh and the literature of metanoia; the history of music in medicine from antiquity to modernity; cultural thanatology; clinical and biological thanatology; theology of death: Rahner, Teilhard de Chardin, von Balthasar; theology of beauty: Evdokimov and von Balthasar; the medieval women mystics Mechtild of Hackeborn and Hildegard of Bingen; the 20th century mystic Joa Bolendas.
Courses Taught: Undergraduate:
Music history survey courses: medieval music; Renaissance music; concert choir; schola cantorum; harp; introduction to Gregorian chant; ballad, epic, and oral tradition; core survey courses for the basic liberal arts undergraduate program.
This CV/profile is continued on the Clinician page.