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Loepp Thiessen
University of Ottawa
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Feminist musicology, church music, contemporary worship music, popular music, music pedagogy, Mennonite music, decolonizing music
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About Me

Anneli Loepp Thiessen is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Music Research program at the University of Ottawa, where her research promotes an interdisciplinary musicological approach to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in music industries and music education. Her forthcoming publications address issues of racism and sexism within the Christian contemporary worship industry, a topic which she has presented on at numerous conferences. Anneli holds her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a graduate diploma in Arts Management from Queen’s University, and a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Ottawa. She is a past recipient of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and a current holder of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Anneli is a music educator, arts administrator, and piano performer, and enjoys sharing her research and passion for music with audiences across Canada.

Recent Publications

“Establishing Best Practices for Intercultural Contemporary Worship Music: A Case Study of “Way Maker” by Sinach.” The Hymn 74.2. (Spring 2023): 15–22.

“Boy’s Club: A Gender Based Analysis of the CCLI Top 25 Lists from 1988–2018” in Worship and the Megachurch, a special issue of Journal of Contemporary Ministry (6): 65–89.

Bjorlin, David and Anneli Loepp Thiessen, ““My Chains are Gone”: Language of Enslavement and Freedom in Contemporary Worship Music.” The Hymn 72.3.  (Summer 2021): 26–33.

Katie Graber and Anneli Loepp Thiessen, eds. Worship and Witness, an issue of Anabaptist Witness 8(1) (2021).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Canada, United States of America
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Pedagogy, Religion, Women