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The St. Gellert Institute of Music and Ethics of the Ferenc Gál Theological College of Szeged was founded in 2007.

The institute was named after one the first Hungarian bishops of the 11th century, Bishop St. Gerard (in Hungarian: St. Gellert). Originally of Lombard origin, the Bishop of Moroswar (Csanád) rendered outstanding services to Christian education and schooling, and strived to strengthen the relations and harmony between people and nations, and to promote the intercultural understanding.

The St. Gellert Institute of Music and Ethics is committed to these ideals as well.

The music, as international language of the heart, has in this respect a special ethical responsibility and commitment. In the current age of diverse commercialization, it cannot be overlooked that music and other arts as well, served originally the spiritual and emotional edification and education of people.

The St. Gellert Institute of Music and Ethics is particularly committed to fulfil this responsibility, and for this purpose, it avails itself of various means.
As part of the institute, the St. Gellert Academy devotes itself to interdisciplinary education and research focusing on music and ethics. These include issues of historical and systematic musicology, ethnology, neurology, sociology or psychology, and of performance practice and the socio-cultural context of composers.

The St. Gellert Festival and other events serve to create spiritual and moving cultural experiences in the context of music and ethics, and to effectively present and communicate the results of the institute's and academy's work.

Last but not least, the St. Gellert Institute is a think tank as well, a scientific and artistic experimental studio that wishes to invite and bring together people from all around the world to participate actively in a transboundary discussion of issues in the fields of music and ethics.