The music department is active outside of just the Music Hall and the Benedicta Arts Center. Events and performances can take place all over the two campuses. Some of the most frequently used spaces are the Great Hall, the Abbey Church, Emmaus Chapel, and Sacred Heart Chapel.
The Great Hall at St. John's served as the original abbey church until the present church was completed in 1961. Today the hall has a variety of functions, from dinners and social functions to religious and artistic ones. The space has fabulously warm acoustics, and so is a favorite for choral concerts. The Chamber Choir, Men's Chorus, All-College Choir, and Amadeus Chamber Symphony regularly perform in the Great Hall, and the space is also the site for the annual Christmas at St. John's concert.
The Abbey Church is the central hub of worship for both the university and the monastery at St. John's. Renowned for its revolutionary architecture designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer, the space is a spectacle for the senses, from the visual splendor of the soaring concrete and the beautiful honey-combed stained glass to the overwhelmingly echoing acoustics. In addition to the regular monastic and student religious services, the Abbey Church is used for a number of events. Seating approximately 2,000, the church is used for some of the largest events on campus, including convocation and commencement ceremonies, as well as choral concerts and festivals, organ recitals, and recording sessions.
Emmaus Hall holds the living spaces and classrooms for the St. John's School of Theology. The chapel in the building provides graduate theology students with a worship space always close at hand, and is also used for musical functions. The intimacy of the relatively small space makes it an excellent recital venue, particularly for vocal and liturgical music recitals.
Sacred Heart Chapel
The Sacred Heart Chapel is the primary house of worship for both the college and the monastery at the College of St. Benedict. Besides its regular use for liturgies for monastics and students, the lovely space is also used for Women's Choir concerts. Liturgies and concerts alike are enhanced by the beautiful organ and Steinway grand piano in the chapel.