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 and seminars

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

The Institute

 Inspiration

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.

Mission

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.

Business

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. 

Choice

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

 614-395-7783

sacredmusicia@gmail.com

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."

*Fall Registration Now Open!

Music Theory 1

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

This course provides an overview of the foundational components of music including notation, intervals, key signatures, harmonic analysis and realization, and figured bass. Students will have access to ten weekly lectures on the course material. They will also receive individual feedback from the instructor on tests and quizzes and may contact the instructor as needed by email, phone, or Skype.

Start date: September 30, 2019

History of Sacred Music

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

This course provides a survey of the historical role of music in worship from its roots in the Old Testament to the present day. Landmark repertoire will be explored within the framework of historical turning points in ecclesiastical history. While the class will focus primarily on Christian music in the western world, cross-cultural influences will also be explored. This is a ten-week course comprised of weekly lectures and music listening assignments; students are also required to participate in a minimum of three online discussions and will be evaluated through midterm and final examinations. 

Start date: September 30, 2019

*Also Registering for Organ, Voice, and Cantor Lessons

For more information and to register for any of these fall offerings, send an email to asacredmusic@gmail.com or fill out the contact form on this website.

Registration deadline Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Make checks payable to Sacred Music Institute of America and send to the following address:

P.O. Box 55

Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

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Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Jason J. Keefer, Program Director

Organ/Sacred Music Topics                                

Dr. Rebecca Abbott

Organ/Hymnology

Jeremy Bankson

Arranging/Composition

Dr. David Baskeyfield

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Mari Kay Dono

Cantor Program Liaison/Basic Cantor Training

Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Dr. Jason Hiester

Voice/Conducting

Emily Lapisardi

Music Theory/History of Sacred Music

Steven Nanni

Voice

Rachel Parfenchuk

Voice

Nicholas John Steltzer

Organ

Dr. Jennifer Whitehead

Voice

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