Kirsten Santos Rutschman | Webster University

Kirsten Santos Rutschman, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, theory and musicianship

Kirsten Santos Rutschman holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in musicology from Duke University; an M.A. in Language and Culture in Europe from Linköping University, Sweden; and a B.A. (with Distinction) in German Studies from Stanford University. Her research on nineteenth-century Swedish music and nationalism has been supported by grants from Fulbright, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Lois Roth Endowment, and she has presented her work at local, national and international conferences across the US, the UK, and Scandinavia.

A church organist, choral singer, and Scandinavian fiddler, Dr. Santos Rutschman maintains an active life as a music-maker. In her musicianship classes at Webster, she equips her students to do the same, helping students build solid foundational and advanced skills in music literacy, sensitivity to musical sound, and fluency with musical vocabulary that will serve them well in their careers at Webster and in the wider musical world.