Yale Institute of Sacred Music
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Martin Jean Professor of Music, Yale School of Music; Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music, Yale Divinity School

Communications and Publications Manager

Melissa Maier


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.

Each year, the Institute brings a group of Fellows from around the world to join its community of scholars and practitioners, normally for a one-year term.

The ISM Fellows are scholars, religious leaders, and artists at all career stages whose work is in or is moving to the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts. Scholars in the humanities or the social or natural sciences, whose work is directly related to these areas, are also encouraged to apply. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and they may have the option to teach.

The work of the Institute touches a broad array of disciplines, including: Anthropology; Art; Architecture; Composition; Creative Writing; Ethnomusicology; Film Studies; History of Art or Architecture; Languages; Literature; Liturgical Studies; Musicology; Religious Studies; Ritual Studies; Sociology; Theatre Studies; Theology; World Religions; and more.

For more information about ISM fellowships, see: http://ism.yale.edu/ism-fellows