Yale Institute of Sacred Music

409 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut
Phone: (203) 432-5180
Fax: (203) 432-5296

Yale Institute Of Sacred Music

Introduction to ISM — Mission

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music engages with all aspects of education and scholarship related to the history and practice of sacred music, and of worship and the arts.

The Institute trains students for service as musicians, as leaders of communities of faith, and as scholars and teachers. In addition to working in partnership with the Schools of Music and Divinity and with other academic departments at Yale, the Institute sponsors a vital interdisciplinary program that brings musicians, presiders, and scholars together for common conversation and formation.

The Institute supports numerous joint faculty positions, thereby carrying out its mission through the curriculum as well as in performances, worship services, public events, films, and publications. Through the work of its faculty, the Institute supports both practical and scholarly study of four primary areas:

1. sacred music throughout the world;
2. worship in all Christian communities;
3. the dialogue between Christianity and other faith traditions, especially as it is carried out in sacred music, ritual, and the religious arts; and
4. the liturgical arts, particularly art and architecture, preaching, hymnody and psalmody, and religious drama.

Forming a Unique Link

Through its well-endowed mission to church musicians, the training for ministry, and the lives of the churches, the Institute has a unique position, not only at Yale, but in this country and in the world at large. At Yale, we link the resources of two extraordinary professional schools, the Yale School of Music and the Yale Divinity School. Institute students receive degrees in one or the other of these schools, and, if they elect to do so, joint degrees from both. The certificate additionally received from the Institute signifies that students have gained more than the training either school alone can offer.

Students acquire a sense of the partnership between churches, and a working knowledge of the changing synthesis of music, text, ceremony, and liturgical space, which takes and has taken place in the assemblies of all faiths and denominations since their beginnings. Although the Institute is but thirty years old, its present position is possible because many persons understood the importance of a shared process of formation for ministers and musicians.

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