New Director of PIMS

Dominican Father Robert Mehlart, OP, has been named as the new Director of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. He has been appointed by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education.

Fr Mehlart has been Director of Music of the Theatine Church in Munich, specializing in the performance of choral and orchestral-accompanied choral works, particularly those written for the Bavarian Royal Court (so works of Lassus, Mozart, Joseph and Michael Haydn, etc). A former chorister of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir, his educational background includes spells at the universities of Vienna and Oxford.

An abbreviated English biography will be found at and a more extensive German one at

4 thoughts on “New Director of PIMS

  1. In parallel: Fr. Andrew Menke has been appointed to a 5-year term as Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to replace Msgr Andrew Wadsworth, beginning on November 1, 2023.

  2. PIMS is the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, Canada. It should not be confused with
    the Pontifical institute of Sacred Music.

    1. In Rome, the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra) is always referred to as PIMS for short.

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