Our Faculty

Rebecca Abbott holds a Bachelor’s in Music and Literature from Wheaton College, with studies in voice and organ; an M.A. in Religion with a concentration in Liturgy and the Arts from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with additional studies in Sacred Music with Carl Daw and Julian Wachner at Boston University; a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Institute for Worship Studies ; and certification in Musikgarten, for children from birth to age nine. Areas of study include the integration of music and text in congregational song, the Oxford/Cambridge Movements of the 1800’s, and theological aesthetics.


Her “Royal Requiem” was recorded by the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Goliards in 2017. Active as a performer, guest lecturer, and hymn writer, Dr. Abbott also works as an adjunct church music instructor and organist at MVNU, accompanist at Kenyon College, and pianist at Hope Lutheran in Sunbury, Ohio, and volunteers as editor of the American Guild of Organists Columbus chapter’s newsletter.


Dr. Abbott founded Abbott Music Lab, LLC, and www.hymnnotes.com to connect people of all ages to their secular and sacred music heritage.



*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


Jeremy Bankson


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


Emily Lapisardi

Music Theory/History of Sacred Music

Steven Nanni


Rachel Parfenchuk


Nicholas John Steltzer


Dr. Jennifer Whitehead


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