Sacred Music Institute

Sacred Music Institute

The Sacred Music Institute (SMI) at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology (MTSM) provides a center for both public musical performance and educational outreach in the realm of Catholic sacred music. The Institute serves parishes, priests and musicians in Catholic dioceses across the region by providing events and resources to those interested in and passionate about sacred music.

The Institute will sponsor the Music & Liturgy performance series at MTSM, an annual summer conference – which will celebrate its sixth year in July 2024 – and courses and lectures focusing on important topics in sacred music.

At the center of the SMI will stand Pasi Opus 29, our new organ which was installed in Summer 2023 and blessed and dedicated on October 8, 2023. This instrument will support and accompany the liturgies and performances at MTSM.

Join us for our sung liturgies and choral concerts in our musical home: The Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. Our performances will feature both the Athenaeum Chorale and Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola, as well as some of the finest instrumentalists in Cincinnati. Come take in the beauty of the space and the glorious sounds we are offering this season.

Sunday, October 8, 2023 • 7 p.m.
Blessing of New Organ Pasi Opus 29, with Solemn Vespers and Choral Concert
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, celebrant
Dr. Michael Unger, guest organist
Athenaeum Chorale
Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola
Athenaeum Chorale Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, November 12, 2023 • 7 p.m.
Dedication Recital for Pasi Opus 29
Dr. Kola Owolabi
Professor of Organ, University of Notre Dame
Featuring a variety of works by Bach, Kerll, Correa de Arauxo, Weckmann, Alain, Laurin and Eben

Thursday, December 7, 2023 • 7:30 p.m.
First Vespers for the Immaculate Conception
Athenaeum Chorale
Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola

Sunday, February 4, 2024 • 7 p.m.
Faculty Organ Recital
Dr. Mary Catherine Levri
Featuring works by Scheidemann, Bruhns, Bach, Alain, and Duruflé

Sunday, March 17, 2024 • 7 p.m.
Solemn Passiontide Vespers, with a concert of sacred music
Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola

Blessing and Dedication of Pasi Opus 29
On October 8, 2023, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology (MTSM) welcomed a capacity audience into the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great for the blessing and dedication of its new pipe organ, Pasi Opus 29. The evening, with MTSM President/Rector The Very Rev. Anthony R. Brausch as presider, featured performances by The Athenaeum Chorale, The Athenaeum Chorale Chamber Orchestra and The Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Latin Schola. In addition, MTSM welcomed Dr. Michael Unger from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as the Guest Organist.

See more on the evening below!

Athenaeum Magazine | Pasi Opus 29: A New Era of Sacred Music Begins
MTSM Welcomes Pasi Opus 29 at Organ Blessing and Dedication

The Sacred Music Institute at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology will be hosting a dedication recital on its new pipe organ, Pasi Opus 29, on Sunday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. Admission to the recital is free. MTSM is pleased to be welcoming Dr. Kola Owolabi from the University of Notre Dame as the evening’s guest performer. Dr. Owolabi’s concert program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Arauxo, Weckmann, C.P.E. Bach, Alain, Laurin and Eben.

For more information on the dedication recital, click here.

2024 Sacred Music Institute Conference

Save the dates for the 2024 Sacred Music Institute Conference, July 24-26, 2024. The theme for 2024 will be ‘Splendor and Majesty Are Before Him: The Power of Musical Worship’.

The SMI will offer its fourth annual conference for priests and church musicians. The conference features keynote lectures, breakout sessions, choir rehearsals and sung liturgies in which all attendees will participate. This conference has become a popular event for those interested in renewing their parish music programs and is already bearing great fruit in the Cincinnati area and beyond.

More information and registration information can be found here.