Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B.
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St. Martin's College, 1972
St. John's University, 1989
Master of Arts in theology
Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B. is a choirmaster of
St. Martin’s Abbey and teaching Religions Studies at Saint Martin’s
University. He is
a monk of the Order of St. Benedict at St. Martin’s Abbey since
After graduation from high school in 1961, he
pursued seminary/university studies in philosophy and theology at
institutions in Baltimore, Hartford, and Ottawa, Ontario.
In 1968 he was drafted into the United States
Army. During the three
years of duty, he won the first prize for classical vocal soloist in
each of those years: 1st Army – 1968, and 6th
Army – 1969 and 1970.
In 1972, while attending St. Martin’s College
on the GI Bill, he was district winner of the Metropolitan Opera
audition in Seattle. During the years 1971-1972, he was Post Music director at Ft. Lewis,
Washington. He received
his MA in theology with honors from St. John’s University in 1989.
Br. Aelred has given numerous recitals in
Washington, California, Missouri, Michigan, Main, Vermont,
Washington D.C., as well as Abbeys and churches in England, Belgium,
Spain, France, Austria and Bavaria. He has performed works from the period of plainchant to works
composed for him, specializing in the sacred works of Bach, French
melodie, lyric operatic arias, and the vocal works of Benjamin
Britten. He was selected to participate in master classes given by
Robert Gartside, John Wustman, and Gwendolyn Koldfsky.