Mr John-Bede Pauley, OSB, M.M. (Westminster Choir College)
John-Bede Pauley is working on a PhD in musicology at Durham University. His areas of research interest are music and silence; music and theology; and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British music, particularly in the English cathedral tradition. He studied music at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and earned an M.M. in vocal pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He also spent two years doing doctoral-level coursework in the School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition to his studies in music, he holds an M.A. in Theology from the School of Theology of St. John’s University, Collegeville.
John-Bede Pauley is a Benedictine monk of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville. Prior to joining that community, he had been under temporary vows as a Cistercian, his monastic formation having taken place at L’Abbaye d’Hauterive, Posieux, Switzerland.
Vocal studies were with Carolyn Finley, Elizabeth Mannion, Elem Eley, and John de Haan. During John-Bede’s studies at Westminster Choir College, he made the transition from baritone to countertenor. During his “baritone years,” he performed the roles of Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers and The Learned Judge in Trial by Jury, both of which were productions of the St. John’s University Opera Workshop. He also performed the role of Col. Calverly in the St. Cloud, Minnesota Quite Light Opera’s production of Patience. As a countertenor, he held church choir positions at Church of the Redeemer in Brywn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, Indiana. He also sang the Alto Evangelist role in the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble’s 2005 performance of Arvo Pärt’s Passio.
Before resuming graduate studies at Indiana University, John-Bede taught applied voice and music theory at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Vocal Images, a non-profit entity that promotes excellence in the performing arts with a particular emphasis on classical singing.
- Music and silence
- Music and theology
- Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British music (English cathedral tradition)