St. Hildegard of Bingen Programs

Hildegard and Healing Music (3-week series)

Instructor: Margaret Nykaza, D. Min., M.P.S., CCMHP

Mondays, February 6- 20 | 7 – 8:30 pm | Online Event | $60 members/ $75 non-members

Can't attend each week?  A recording will be available for all who register

Program Rescheduled For a Later Date

Since the beginning of time, music has been a creative and healing element in human development and existence. A prime example of a woman who embodied this idea was 12th century mystic St Hildegard of Bingen.

Highlighting her life and music, this 3-part series will explore various musical healing modalities. Participants will be invited to engage in breathing, humming and toning exercises. There will also be opportunities to chant, sing and discuss. 

The goal of the presentation is to examine the healing and enduring influence of St. Hildegard and her music; as well as experience and enhance awareness of the healing potential of music.

About the Presenters

Rev. Shanon Sterringer, PhD

Rev. Shanon Sterringer, PhD, is an ordained priest and the pastor of The Community of St. Hildegard in Fairport Harbor, OH.

Shanon's passion is in the work of St. Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century German visionary. Shanon founded and operates the Hildegard Haus.  In addition, she is a professor, writer, and owner of a fair-trade store and blog, The Green Shepherdess. She has published two books, "30 Day Journey with St. Hildegard of Bingen" (Fortress Press, 2019) and "Forbidden Grace: Hildegard of Bingen and a Modern Woman's Call to the Catholic Priesthood" (PageMill Press, 2022).  

Shanon has led dozens of retreats, workshops, and classes in various topics of Hildegard including herbs, art, theology, music, writings, leadership, and creativity. She has traveled to Bingen, Germany for research and retreat several times since 2015.

Shanon holds a PhD in Ethical and Creative Leadership (2016) from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH; a DMin (2012), MDiv equivalent, and a MA in Theology (2007) from St. Mary's Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in the Diocese of Cleveland; MA in Ministry (2011) from Ursuline College, OH; and a BA in Religious Studies from Cleveland State University, OH.

To learn more about Shanon Sterringer, please check out her websites,, 

Margaret Nykaza, D. Min.

Margaret Nykaza, D. Min., a professional singer, choir director, music minister and educator; has shared her love of music with communities throughout the Chicago area and abroad for over forty years. In 2000, Marge combined her music and call for a deeper commitment to serve our vulnerable neighbors by starting the work of Harmony, Hope & Healing (HHH). Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2003, HHH continues to provide music programs for adults and families as they heal from traumas associated with homelessness, addictions, violence, incarceration, and isolation.

Marge received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She was certified as a Cross-Cultural Music Healing Practitioner from The Open Ear Center in 2007, and was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation in 2014.

A recipient of several awards, Marge was honored with the Health Award from Health and Medicine Policy Research Groups. She also received Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award.

Retiring as founding Executive Director of Harmony, Hope & Healing in 2020, Marge enjoys singing, studying, and serving as a mentor and consultant. She cherishes her involvement with the St Hildegard Community under the leadership of Rev. Shanon Sterringer. Marge and her dear Husband Ed are married for 47 years. They have three amazing sons and daughters-in-laws, and five beautiful grandchildren!

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