Anna Steppler

Visiting Lecturer


Anna Steppler was awarded a Ph.D. in Musicology (December 2022) at Cornell for her dissertation “Michael Praetorius, the Organ, and the Possibilities of Instrumental Music,” which uses the music and theoretical writings of Praetorius to argue for the organ’s pivotal role in the establishment of instrumental music’s inherent theological and cultural value in early-seventeenth century Lutheran courtly circles. From London, U.K., she holds a first-class degree in Music from Merton College, Oxford, where she was organ scholar from 2010-2013, and a Masters degree on the Organ from Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden, where she was awarded the Carl Larsson Scholarship for Music. She has presented at conferences in the US and Europe, and has articles published and forthcoming in The Organ Yearbook and the Journal of Musicology. She is an active recitalist and organist, serving as organist and director of music for the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Cornell, and St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Ithaca.