Intellectual and Spiritual Training

Scholars and practitioners

The musical tradition of Saint Meinrad Archabbey stretches back over 1,000 years through its Swiss motherhouse, the Abbey of Einsiedeln, whose monks produced one of the earliest surviving sources of musical notation in Europe. Most recently, our rich musical legacy has continued through the pioneering work of Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, who adapted Gregorian chant to the English liturgy following the Second Vatican Council.

The Institute for Sacred Music advances the Council’s call for both the full and active participation of the faithful through their singing as well as their intellectual and spiritual training in the musical tradition of the Church. Through its events, resources, and course offerings, it brings together scholars with practitioners to promote sacred music as a living and vibrant tradition, grounded in history but always responsive to the unique demands of the moment.

About Chant

Learn about the history of chant from the early Church through the medieval period to today.

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Saint Meinrad Chant

Based on the earliest melodies, but adapted to the word accent and the rhythm of modern English.

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Liturgical Music Certificate

For musicians to develop their background in liturgical theology.

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Church Documents

A bibliography of Church documents related to the practice of chant and sacred music.

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Free resources to help improve your understanding of chant and sacred music.

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Inaugural Concert

As Before, So Evermore: Celebrating 1,000 Years of Sacred Music at Saint Meinrad Archabbey was the inauguaral concert of the Institute for Sacred Music. It highlighted the many ways the Saint Meinrad monastic community has both drawn from and contributed to the history of sacred music since our founding in 1854.

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Call Br. John Glasenapp, OSB, Director, at (812) 357-6788