In the Christian tradition, God consists of three distinct Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Reflection on the nature and activity of the Holy Spirit is a subject often left to theologians, but Spirit is invoked in every Christian liturgy and is the object of much personal and extra-liturgical devotion among Christians of Eastern and Western traditions.
Pious legend holds that the original body of Gregorian chant was dictated to St. Gregory by the Holy Spirit. Ephrem the Syrian, one of the most prolific hymn writers of the early Church, was called “the Harp of the Holy Spirit” by his followers. Hildegard von Bingen also claimed that her writings and music were not her own but the work of the Holy Spirit speaking through her.
Although there is a substantial body of music about and in praise of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity is rarely the subject of an entire concert program. The Program "Veni Creator Spiritus" explores medieval musical depictions of the Holy Spirit as a source of divine creativity, inspiration, and illumination.
Applications for performances in the MIT Chapel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. To be considered for a concert in the MIT Chapel, please submit the following:
☐ A brief program proposal (description, proposed repertoire, etc.)
☐ Individual or ensemble biography and CV (if applicable)
☐ 1-2 audio or video recordings
via email or mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIT Office of Religious Life
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139
There is no charge for use of the Chapel for these concerts. You may not sell tickets, but you may collect free-will donations at the door as well as sell CDs or other merchandise at the concert.
An organ and upright piano are available in the Chapel and are maintained on a regular basis; the cost for any additional tuning will be the responsibility of the performers. It is the responsibility of the performers to provide and transport any other instruments or sound equipment.
Basic set-up needs will be accommodated, such as music stands and chairs for the performers.
Some publicity within the MIT community will be provided, but the performers are responsible for program and publicity design and printing.