Zen Kuriyama

Conductor, Scholar, Singer

“Ritualizing the Passion: Hermeneutics, Theology, and Religious Affect in Peter Sellars’s 2010 St Matthew Passion.” Kuriyama, 2019.

Conference paper review by the Royal Musical Association:

“…several international delegates were present, and a good number of young academics in the early stages of their careers attended. This all contributed to a lively conference atmosphere with stimulating discussion throughout the day.

The conference papers were divided into three themed sessions, with a concluding keynote presentation. Ian Maxwell (Cambridge University) and Zen Kuriyama (University of Notre Dame) both gave excellent papers in the first session; both were broadly concerned with, in the word of Maxwell, ‘the extent to which Anglican Church music fundamentally informed and directed the underlying stylistic features that identify “Englishness”.’…”


“Reshaping Musical History: Gerald Finzi and the English Musical Renaissance.” Zen Kuriyama. Journal article publication. Published in The Finzi Journal (UK), December 2018.

"Handel's Theodora, Sellars's 1996 Ritualization, and the Efficacy of Staging an Oratorio." Zen Kuriyama, 2018.

"BWV 25, Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe & Lutheran Theology: A Study in Musico-Theological Analysis." Zen Kuriyama, 2018. Graduate Term Paper for The Music of J.S. Bach, University of Notre Dame (Prof. Mary Frandsen, Instructor). 



Presenting on the musico-theological aspects of BWV 25, Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe, University of Notre Dame, April 2018. 

© Zen Kuriyama 2019