Nathan Knutson

Director of Sacred Music, Lucille M. Francesco Chair in Sacred Music

• Phone: (610) 785-6207

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Nathan Knutson, D.S.M, Obl.S.B, joined the faculty of St. Charles Seminary in 2017, with expertise in Sacred music and Liturgy. He teaches a wide variety of courses in Church music and directs the seminary choirs, with particular interest in the Pipe Organ, Gregorian and modern vernacular chant. As teacher and performer, Dr. Knutson has traveled extensively, leading workshops and Liturgies at the parish, cathedral, diocesan and collegiate levels, notably St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as religious houses of formation in Italy and the United States. Together with his wife, also a Sacred musician, they are blessed with 6 children, and administrate the Domenico Zipoli Institute for missions.
  • D.S.M. – Graduate Theological Foundation (2018)
  • M.Mus. – Cleveland Institute of Music (2005)
  • B.Mus. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2002)
  • Additional summer study in Rome, Nice, and Vienna
  • Chair, Francesco Department of Sacred Music, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2018-present)
  • Director of Sacred Music, Professor, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2017-present)
  • Cathedral Director of Sacred Music, Diocesan Consultant, New Ulm, MN (2014-2017)
  • Cathedral/Diocesan Director of Sacred Music, Marquette, MI (2013-2014)
  • Director of the Office of Worship, Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD (2012-2013)
  • Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Assistant to the Bishop, Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD (2009-2012)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Minnesota State University-Mankato (2006-2009)
  • Singing the Mass for Priests and Deacons (English and Spanish) (Rev. 2021)
  • Three Qualities of Sacred Music with Sung Examples (2021)
  • The Pipe Organ: King of Instruments, Square Notes: A Sacred Music Podcast, (2019)
  • A Cathedral Pipe Organ for the 21st Century: Construction of the Choir Loft, Pipe Organ, and Concert Series, Graduate Theological Foundation (2018)
  • A Congregational Mass Card, English (2011), Spanish - Misal Romano (2018)
  • Factum est silentium in caelo: The Silence of Sound in the Heavenly Liturgy and the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, Sacred Music (Fall 2014)
  • The Domenico Zipoli Institute: Sacred Music for the Missions. Ongoing instruction, concerts, and Sacred Liturgies (2013-present)
  • Children’s Chant Camps, instructor at various locations (2021, 2019, 2018, 2014, 2011, 2010)
  • Sacred Music Boot Camp. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, livestream of Sung Solemn Compline (2020)
  • Faculty, Church Music Association of America, instructor of Chant Refresher Course for men and women, organist and lecturer in organ design and maintenance (Philadelphia, 2019)
  • An Afternoon of Sacred Music, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, featuring the newly obtained Continuo Organ, composer study of Lorenzo Perosi (2019)
  • Ora et Labora: The Benedictine Monastic Office and the Family, Society for Catholic Liturgy (2019)
  • Cantate Domino Festival, Archdiocesan Choir Camp, Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul (2018)
  • Spanish Music Workshop on the revised Misal Romano, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (2018)
  • Music of the California Missions, Sung Rosary for Children, Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara, CA (2016)
  • Building a Parish Sacred Music Program: Renewing, Rethinking, and Revitalizing, Society for Catholic Liturgy (2014)
  • Spiritual Formation and the Interior Life of Clergy, Seminarians, and Religious, Society for Catholic Liturgy (2014)
  • Performing Artist, Young Artist - National Federation of Music Clubs and Masterclass Clinician, Mason and Hamlin Prize, American tour of 34 states (2007-2010)

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