St. Anselm’s Abbey School

A Catholic, Benedictine School for Boys Grades 6 - 12

Academic Excellence

75 years of rigorous, classical education

Dr. Charles T. Downey

Fine Arts Department, Chair


Ph.D., Music History, Catholic University of America
M.F.A., Music History, Catholic University of America
B.A., Piano, Michigan State University

Year Started at St. Anselm's: 1999


Accomplishments and Recognition

  • Has written over 300 reviews and feature pieces on classical music for the Washington Post since 2008 (Click here to read his reviews)
  • Moderates Ionarts, an online magazine covering classical music and the arts in Washington, D.C. (Visit
  • Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, cited his work in a recent column on the rise of digital streaming in the classical music world: “A good guide to this increasingly crowded landscape is Charles T. Downey, the proprietor of the arts blog Ionarts, who features dozens of audio and video links every Sunday: a recent edition included everything from Rameau’s Les Boréades in Aix-en-Provence to Steve Reich’s The Desert Music at the BBC Proms.”
    (Click here to read "The Classical Cloud,” September 8, 2014)
  • Dr. Downey’s program of studies in the Humanities was recognized in 2014 by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

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