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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Kirsten Yri

Associate Professor, Musicology

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884-0710 ext.2481

Office Hours: A216
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
A.R.C.T., BMus (UVic), MA, PhD (Stony Brook) 
Dr. Kirsten Yri received her MA and PhD in musicology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook after completing a BMus in Music History and Literature at University of Victoria, and an ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her dissertation, Medieval Uncloistered: Uses of Medieval Music in Late Twentieth- Century Culture examined the influences, interpretations and reconfigurations of medieval music in late twentieth-century popular music, contemporary concert music, and historically-informed performance. Yri taught at SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Karlstad, Sweden, prior to her appointment at Laurier. Yri is on the graduate faculty at WLU.

Yri has published articles on early music groups including, the New York Pro Musica and the ‘cultural front;’ feminist spirituality in Anonymous 4 and Sequentia; orientalism in Binkley’s Studio der Frühen Musik; and a history of recording Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame. Other research papers have included 'madwomen' in Linda Bouchard’s Black Burned Wood, alienation in Hindemith's opera Neues vom Tage, and medievalism and exoticism in rock bands like Black Sabbath and Dead Can Dance. An article on music in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven is forthcoming in Music in Epic Film, Listening to Spectacle. She is currently editing a collection of essays on medievalism for Oxford University Press, and writing a monograph exploring music, dance, and poetry in Carl Orff’s early works in the context of the WWI and the Weimar Republic.

Yri has presented her research at numerous international and national conferences including the American Musicological Society, the Canadian University Music Society, the International Musicological Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and Studies in Medievalism, and remains active in these organizations. In 2012, Yri was the Program Chair for the national conference of the Canadian University Music Society, held with Congress at WLU May 31- June 3, 2012. Yri is currently the president of the New York State St. Lawrence chapter of the American Musicological Society.

Yri teaches the music faculty's surveys of 19th and 20th century music, as well as a series of seminar courses in musicology; cross-cultural intersections; music, culture, and technology; music in popular culture; and medievalism. Her courses incorporate critical theories from disciplines such as women’s studies, postcolonialism, literary criticism and cultural studies in an effort to shed light on the role and meaning of music in both contemporary and historical times.

Additional Information
Yri works in German, French, and Swedish.