Johannes Berchmans Göschl studied at the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music in Rome and did his doctoral thesis in Gregorian Chant with Dom Eugène Cardine. Following teaching assignments in Munich and Saarbrücken, he became ordinary professor for Gregorian Chant and Liturgy at the Munich University for Music and Theatre. He held this chair until his he became emeritus in 2006.
From 1978 to 1994 Göschl was choir master at the Archabbey of St. Ottilien. The three volume publication together with Luigi Agustoni “Introduction to the Interpretation of Gregorian Chant” offers a comprehensive insight into the present state of research of Gregorian Semiology and the connected questions of interpretation of Gregorian Chant.
From 1999 to 2015 he served as AISCGre President, in 2015 he was appointed Honorary President. Since its foundation in 1977, he is a member of the working group on the restitution of melodies and co-editor of the “Beiträge zur Gregorianik” (BzG). He played a major role in the elaboration and publication of the two volumes of Graduale Novum.
Even after his retirement, Göschl continues to teach Gregorian Chant in theory and praxis in numerous courses and workshops worldwide and he contributes to the academic discussion of Gregorian issues. He has been directing numerous recordings, among others the recording project of the proper pieces of all Sundays and feasts of the liturgical year, published by EOS-Verlag St. Ottilien.
Göschl continues to sing with Schola Gregoriana Monacensis which he had founded in concerts internationally, and he directs the Choralschola St. Nikolai in Kiel, Germany.