The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center, educates leaders who foster, explore, and study engagement with the sacred through music, worship, and the arts in Christian communities, diverse religious traditions, and public life. Partnering with the Yale School of Music and Yale Divinity School, as well as other academic and professional units at Yale, the Institute prepares its students for careers in church music and other sacred music, pastoral ministry, performance, and scholarship. The Institute’s curriculum integrates the study and practice of religion with that of music and the arts. With a core focus on Christian sacred music, the ISM builds bridges among disciplines and vocations and makes creative space for scholarship, performance, and practice.
The Institute’s primary purpose is to support musical and theological education at Yale, especially within those areas and programs directly involved with the practice and study of sacred music, of liturgy, and of the liturgical arts. The Institute community also includes the ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts, and several postdoctoral associates, all appointed for one year.
The degree program Master of Arts in Religion offers three concentrations: literature, visual arts, and music, as well as an unspecialized comprehensive degree. In addition, the ISM is a major arts presenter in New Haven, offering more than 100 public concerts, exhibitions, and events each year.