What does the parish music program need in today's changing world?

How can those needs be met without a music degree or without a large financial investment?

Unique in the industry, we are a private
and independent music institute based in Columbus, Ohio with local and online:

~Voice lessons

~Organ lessons

~Cantor lessons

~Conducting lessons

~Sacred Music courses, skills and mentoring

~Certification tracks for Music Director, Choir Director, Organist, or Cantor

Technique + Technology: A Presentation for Vocalists and Choral Directors Outlining User-Friendly Applications of Modern Technology-FREE CLASS ONLINE

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

7:00 - 8:00 PM

Join Soprano and Director Rachel Parfenchuk for a presentation focused on the conveniences of our modern world and how they can assist vocalists and choral directors alike. With a brief overview of the vocal mechanism and qualities of a healthy sound, Rachel will detail ways technology can be implemented to help students assess their own technique without a teacher physically 

present. Voice students of the Institute will demonstrate their use of these simple ways to get the most out of a practice session. The presentation will also include ways choral directors can use technology to maximize rehearsal time and provide resources for their singers. During this time of restricted social interaction, we would particularly like to emphasize that online lessons are continuing through the Sacred Music Institute. 

This event is free and open to all; however, access to this free event is limited, so attendees must register in advance

in order for us to send you the link to join this online presentation. 


The Institute


The Sacred Music Institute of America was developed by Dr. Jason Keefer, DMA, Director and Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at the Pontifical College Josephinum; Organ

Artist-in-Residence at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington,Ohio;

and member of the American Guild of Organists Columbus Chapter. Through experience working with priests, ministers, seminarians, music directors, and organists, he recognized a need for competent musicians and quality sacred music in every church.


Dr. Keefer's mission was born shortly after he began working at St. Vincent College and Seminary and intensified during his time at the Josephinum. Through working with cantors and ensembles (choir and schola) during "lean" years with fewer or less-skilled members, Dr. Keefer identified excellent music composed on every level. This suggested it was possible to have a dignified, quality program in any church.


Many part-time and some full-time church music directors do not have a degree in music, organ training, vocal training, knowledge of the Catholic sacred music documents, or understanding of the many resources that can aid them in implementing a quality program. According to Dr. Keefer, unless an individual in this situation sets out to pursue his or her own study, there is usually no way for comprehensive development. Often, the cost of formalized academic study is an impediment.

The Sacred Music Institute of America aims to bridge this gap in a comprehensive, practical, and functional way. 


Find out more about what we have to offer and look  at our programs on subsequent pages.



What a current student has to say...

"I learned to play the piano and sing at a very young age. I always wanted to be a professional musician. I pursued another profession and began cantoring as an adult. Suddenly, I fell in love again with what once only a dream. I began transitioning from playing the piano to the organ in 2017 by taking lessons from Dr. Jason Keefer. His expertise, passion for teaching, and practical approaches have allowed me to play the organ at church while beginning my second year as a church music director."


~Director of Music

~Choir Director



Applied Lessons





Sacred Music Topics, Skills, and Mentoring

For more specific information, please see our Professional Certifications page or Sacred Skills and Mentoring page. 

*Since our programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our students, we have found that strategic student-to-teacher pairing is paramount to student success.  As as a necessary part of the registration process, please schedule a phone consultation if you are enrolling in lessons, mentoring, and/or certifications. To better facilitate this process, please provide your phone number on the registration form (or email) and indicate the best times to call.  

For more information and to register for any of these offerings, send an email to asacredmusic@gmail.com or fill out the contact form which can be found by clicking on the last page of the website. 


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Faculty and Staff


Dr. Jason J. Keefer, Program Director

Organ/Sacred Music Topics                                

Dr. Rebecca Abbott


Jeremy Bankson


Dr. David Baskeyfield

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Mari Kay Dono

Admissions Director/Cantor Program Liaison

Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Dr. Jason Hiester


Emily Lapisardi

Music Theory/History of Sacred Music

Steven Nanni


Rachel Parfenchuk


Nicholas John Steltzer


Dr. Jennifer Whitehead


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