He was born on 17 February 1882. He came to the United States in 1905 to serve as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and founded the MacDowell Chorus. He was married to the singer, writer and editor Ursula Greville. He died on 16 November 1935.
Much of his choral output consisted of folksong arrangements, though he composed original pieces as well. Folk Music and Poetry of Spain and Portugal/Música Y Poesía Popular De España Y Portugal by Kurt Schindler was published by the New York Hispanic Institute in the U. S in 1941.
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_____: 'Kurt Schindler y la música popular de León y Castilla: Una recolección personal de sus primeras encuestas', Boletín de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de la Purisima Concepción de Valladolid, no. 28 (1993), 237-46.
_____: 'Schindler, Kurt,' Diccionario de la Música Española e Hispanoamericana (Madrid, 2002), vol. IX, 860-61.
_____: and M. Mansano Alonso, eds., Kurt Schindler: Música y poesía popular de España y Portugal. Music and Poetry of Spain and Portugal (New York, 1941). Being a facsimile and critical edition of Kurt Schindler's posthumous publication Music and Poetry of Spain and Portugal (Salamanca/New York, 1991).