24 August 2021
As of 1 September 2021, the Theological University of Apeldoorn will launch a new chair in 'Theology and Music'. The chair will be held by Professor Albert Clement, who will fulfil this function together with his professorship in Musicology at Utrecht University, in which context he works at the University College Roosevelt. The chair's task is to provide interdisciplinary education and research in the area of the relationship between theology and music. This theme includes both church music from the Western world and spiritual music in general. The period covered in teaching and research extends back to the early Middle Ages. An emphasis lies on themes arising from the theology of the Reformation, including organ culture, hymnology and expressions of faith by composers.
Prof. Clement: 'The establishment of this chair by TUA fills a gap in the Dutch scientific landscape that a number of years ago arose after the closure of several institutes. This chair is also of international importance. I think it is a wonderful initiative of TUA and I feel very honoured with the appointment. I am really looking forward to continuing to concentrate on this field.’
Prof. Selderhuis, rector: 'We are happy with this unique and much needed chair, which will certainly mean a lot for the church and academy.’