About the Zipoli institute

Our purpose is the Evangelization of the culture to extend the Incarnation of the Word, the source of all Beauty, through sacred music.  We provide resources for the teaching and training in music for the communities of our religious family throughout the world, and also seek to promote the rich cultural heritage of missionary music, especially the Hispanic Baroque.  

"Holiness befits thy house, O Lord, forevermore." Ps. 93:5

The musical tradition of the universal Church is
“a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy”

(1) The Church desires to preserve this precious treasure and foster it with great care.

(2) Gregorian Chant has a very special place in the liturgical life of the church: it is considered the most suitable type of music for the liturgy.

(3)  Therefore, it is the aim of the Zipoli Institute to provide training for clergy, choirs, and congregations in singing the chants of the Mass.

From the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: “Sacrosanctum Concilium” (SC) approved by the fathers of the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Blessed Paul VI in 1963. (1) SC 112 (a) (2) SC 114 (3) SC 116 a (4) IVE Constitution 143.

The Zipoli Institute provides a network of resources in sacred music for those who work in regions that, because of its missionary necessity, need a cohesive collection of aides for their work; furthermore, as an Apostolate of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, we "must encourage all ways of access to universal culture... especially the greatest teachers in literature, fine arts, classical and choral music." (4)  Our concerts and events extend the treasury of classical and choral music to those we minister in society, allowing beauty to pierce the heart of our culture, and in this way, to "restore all things in Christ."  (Eph. 1:10)

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Domenico Zipoli, S.J. (1688-1726) left a successful career in Rome as an organist and composer to follow the Society of Jesus to the Missions of the New World of Spanish America.  While there, he contributed to the missions with numerous compositions from afar in Argentina, and died while awaiting Ordination to the priesthood.  His example to leave everything and bring beauty to new lands and people continues to inspire new generations of musicians to work for beauty, truth, and goodness throughout the world.


Mission San Xavier, Bolivia - began in 1691, present church completed in 1752.