Our Faculty

Mari Kay Dono received her Master’s of Science in Communicative Disorders from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her Master’s of Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is licensed in the state of Ohio as a Speech-Language Pathologist and as a Massage Therapist. 


As a musician, Mari Kay studied voice under the direction of Gene Allen, Jacqueline Barlow-Ware, Stephanie Henkle, Nathan Medley, and Johnny Steiner. As a soprano, she was a member of the Columbus Symphony Chorus and Capital University’s Choral Union. She began her cantor work at St. James the Less Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio, where she is presently Director of Music and Organist. She achieved all three cantor certificates and Cantor Trainer status with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. She presently is on the Executive Board of the Columbus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is on the Cantor Steering Committee of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Mari Kay sings in the Resurrection Choir at St. Andrew Parish in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and is a pianist at Friendship Village Retirement Center in Dublin, Ohio. 


As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Mari Kay began her career working at Dodd Hall Ohio State University Hospitals, where she worked with neurological disorders. Mari Kay has a long passion for working with vocal disorders, especially when those vocal problems interfere with the professional singing and speaking voice. 

Admissions Director/

Cantor Program Liaison


*Winter Registration Begins Monday, January 13, 2020

Music Theory 1

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

*This 10-week 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 10 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: February 24, 2020; Holy Week break April 5-12

Cost: $750

Music Theory 2

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

*This 10-week course builds upon the fundamental skills and concepts explored in Theory 1. Topics include: harmonic analysis, seventh chords, harmonization of melodies, transposition, modulation to closely related keys, non-harmonic tones, modes and neumes, basics of counterpoint and musical forms. Students will have access to 10 weekly video 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: February 24, 2020; Holy Week break April 5-12

Cost: $750

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 winter 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. 

Registration deadline Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm


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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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