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Bryan Hays, OSB Collection

Identifier: SM03-MnCS-US

Content Description

Manuscript and published scores, sound recordings, and related material about composer Bryan Beaumont Hays, a monk of Saint John's Abbey.


  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 2016


Biographical / Historical

Father Bryan Hays (1920-2017) was a monk of Saint John’s Abbey, in Collegeville, Minnesota. A self-taught pianist, he won the 1949 George Gershwin Award for his composition Pastorale and Allegro. Following a period of study, including time as a student of Aaron Copland, Hays was called to Catholicism and monastic life, professing vows at Saint John’s in 1958. In addition to his ongoing work as a composer, he taught French and First-Year Colloquium courses at Saint John’s University. His notable compositions include five operas, instrumental pieces, and more than two hundred hymns.


12 Linear Feet

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Condition Description

All items in good condition

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Repository Details

Part of the Saint John's University Archives and Special Collections Repository

P O Box 2500
Alcuin Library
Collegeville Minnesota 56321 United States