Death of renowned Oxford music Fellow

T Frank Kennedy SJ
T Frank Kennedy SJ
Dr Thomas Frank Kennedy SJ, Senior Research Fellow in music at Campion Hall at the University of Oxford, died on Friday, 19 August.

Dr Kennedy co-founded the music department at Boston College in 1989 and served on the board of Loyola University in Maryland, USA, from 2005 to 2013. As a musicologist and entrepreneur of Jesuit music, he edited, produced and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the early Society of Jesus, among numerous other recorded works. He was a prolific lecturer and scholar on the topic of Jesuits and music in the early modern period, with particular attention to the music of the Latin American Jesuit missions during the colonial period. He was one of a very few musicologists who helped establish “Mission Music” as a new musical genre.

During his time as Senior Research Scholar at Campion Hall, T. Frank Kennedy, as he was known, was Professor of Music at Boston College and held the Canisius Chair in Humanitites and Music there. He also directed the Jesuit Institute, a research institute founded in 1988 to encourage various research projects around the issues of faith and culture. Dr Kennedy received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received a B.A. in classics and philosophy from Boston College, an MFA from Tulane University, and a diploma in pastoral theology from the University of London. In 2004 he was the D’Arcy Professor at Oxford University during the Hilary Term.

Fr Kennedy's full biography is available on the Campion Hall website.