Dr. Kathryn Duffy

Title: Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities
Dept.: Music
Office: Cowles Center 104

Dr. Kathryn Pohlmann Duffy is the director of the Grand View Choir and professor of music at Grand View University. She holds degrees in music from Wartburg College, Kansas State University, and the University of Chicago. Duffy earned her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on the music and liturgy at the Castle Church in Wittenberg on the eve of the Reformation. She recently led the Grand View Choir in its fourth European tour with repertoire and tour locations celebrating the Reformation. Her work has been honored by Grand View University with its Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award (2000) and its Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (2016). She has also been recognized by Wartburg College with an Alumni Citation (2014), given for personal and professional work in leadership, service, faith, and learning.

Academic History

  • B.A. Wartburg College
  • M.M. Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. The University of Chicago

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 1995

Areas of Expertise

  • Music History
  • Choral Music
  • Church Music
  • Choral Composition

Research / Accomplishments

  • Choir Tour -- Germany 2017 Reformation 500 Festival
  • Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award (2000)
  • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (2016)

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
At Grand View, faculty take a sincere interest in the well-being and development of their students. 
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
My favorite part of working at Grand View is working with students who understand the impact they can make in improving the lives of others around them through music.
Dr. Kathryn Duffy