Artistic Expressions: S. Alice Ann O'Neill

This piece, Lauda Santa Chiara - which is Italian for In Praise of Saint Clare, was written by S. Alice Ann O’Neill for the 800th anniversary of the Poor Clares, gathering in 2012 at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. Her inspiration came from St. Clare of Assisi, the musical chants of Hildegard of Bingen and the poetry about St. Clare by Murray Bodo, OFM.

S. Alice Ann O’Neill is a native of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, and made her final vows as a Sister of Charity in 2009. She is an accomplished cellist, having lived in the United States for 25-plus years. She has earned a doctorate in musical arts (DMA) from The Ohio State University after receiving degrees from Boston University and Western Illinois University. As a professional musician and music teacher, she believes one strengthens the other, “I am a better teacher because I perform, but I am a much better performer because I teach.” She has taught cello at the University of Dayton, Capital University and Mount St. Joseph University. In the mid-1990s S. Alice Ann began studying the Suzuki Method; she now is a master teacher and teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. At her studio in the Motherhouse she uses the Suzuki cello teaching method for students as young as 18 months and as old as 18 years. She is a frequent contributor to the American Suzuki Journal and a presenter at the annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.