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A special evening with Br. Dr. John Glasenapp

Sacred Music: How It Has Been Shaped by History and How It Reflects Our Understanding of God A special evening with Br. Dr. John Glasenapp, director of St. Meinrad Archabbey's Institute for Sacred Music

6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 9

[Complimentary light meal from 5:30 to 6 p.m.]

Schindler Hall

St. Patrick Church

Contact Tim Grove at tgrove@stpatlou.org to make a reservation.


Medieval thinkers believed that the world was created according to musical principles and that the universe formed a single harmonious 

whole that buzzed with God-given vitality. Like sound piercing through a wall, music bridges worlds otherwise separated, such as the material 

and the immaterial, heaven and earth, and joins human singers and angelic choirs in real time through sound, if not sight. This talk by Brother

Dr. John Glasenapp, OSB, director of the newly-established Institute for Sacred Music at St. Meinrad Archabbey, will explore how the history 

of sacred music has been shaped by theology as well as developments in science, politics, and technology. Also, it will address how contemporary 

liturgical music reflects our Christian understanding of God and creation today and how we might make decisions about selecting music in church in 

the future. 


Br. Glasenapp is a Benedictine monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He earned his PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in 2020 with a specialization 

in chant. Br. Glasenapp has spoken at numerous academic conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including those of the American Musicological Society, the International 

Medieval Congress (University of Leeds, U.K.), and the Cantus Planus study group of the International Musicological Society. Brother Glasenapp's presentation on May 9

will be his first in the Archdiocese of Louisville.