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.