LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA —Very Rev. Kurt J. Belsole, O.S.B., Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., has been named Acting Academic Dean of Saint Vincent Seminary during the sabbatical of Sr. Cecilia Murphy, O.S.M.
Father Cyprian is also on the faculty at Saint Vincent College and assists the faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary.
He is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began the study of piano and violin at an early age. He has served as principal organist for Saint Vincent Archabbey, assistant professor of music at Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary and as personal secretary to the archabbot.
Father Cyprian earned the bachelor of music education degreein 1971 at the University of Colorado, where he studied violin with Oswald Lehnert and organ with Don Vollstedt. He then entered Saint Vincent Archabbey, where he professed his final vows as a Benedictine in 1975. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1976 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. Father Cyprian received the master of music degree from Northwestern University in 1979, where he studied organ with Wolfgang Rübsam. Later, he returned to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received the doctor of musical arts degree in organ in 1992. While a doctoral student at Colorado University, Father Cyprian was organist/director of music at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Denver and served as organist/choirmaster for Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Boulder.
Father Cyprian is past director of music for the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and past director of the Saint Vincent Camerata, a group specializing in the performance of Medieval and Renaissance vocal and instrumental music. In 1982 he was chosen by the Benedictine Musicians of the Americas to participate in a study-tour of current liturgical music practices in European Benedictine houses. In 1985 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for summer research in Gregorian chant at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The result of his study was Matins at Cluny for the Fast of Saint Peter in Chains, a reconstruction of the service from an 11th century Cluniac manuscript. This reconstruction was published by the Plainsong and Medieval Society of London. In 1990 Father Cyprian was invited to serve as Secretary to the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order, headquartered at the Collegio di Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, Italy.
Father Cyprian has appeared as an organ recitalist in the Saint Vincent College Gold Series Concerts, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Pittsburgh; Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. In Denver he has performed in the series at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Trinity Methodist Church and First Baptist Church series in Denver; he has served as dedication recitalist for new instruments in Baltimore and Covington, Kentucky.
Father Cyprian was on loan to the Archdiocese of Denver from 1993 to 1998. There he was principal organist and associate director of music of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, chaplain of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Walburg, and as director of liturgy for the Archdiocese of Denver. In 1998 he was named principal organist at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, monastery choirmaster and schola director.