Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB
Title: Adjunct Professor of Church Music
- MusSacD (Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome,
- STL (Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant' Anselmo, Rome,
- BA (Saint Meinrad College, 1956)
Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint
Meinrad Archabbey. He is a native of Williamsburg, IA.
In 1964, Fr. Columba was appointed choirmaster for Saint
Meinrad Archabbey, where he began his work of composing
English-language chants based on the principles used to create the
original Gregorian Chant repertory. That same year, he also began
teaching at Saint Meinrad College and Saint Meinrad School of
For 12 years, he taught summer session courses at St.
Joseph College's (Rensselear, IN) Liturgical Musical Program. He
has led numerous workshops on chant, throughout the United States,
at the Abbey of Solesmes in France and for Benedictine communities
in Australia. During the summer of 2003 he gave three presentations
on chant at the National Pastoral Musicians' National Convention in
Cincinnati , OH.
In recent years, he has directed Saint Meinrad's Chant
Schola in a program of Latin and English chants produced for CDs-an
Advent/Christmas CD and a Lent/Easter CD. In 1999, he directed the
Schola in a performance at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He has
also assisted in a number of special projects and compositions
regarding Gregorian Chant.