Our Faculty

Jason Hiester holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Hiester, a tenor, performs on both sides of the baton, having begun his career on the stage before moving into the pit.  His professional singing credits include roles with the West Palm Beach Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Columbus, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Florida Grand Opera and concert work with the Miami Bach Society, Musica Sacra of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky Symphony, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Columbus Dance Theater, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati.  He was a winner of both the Schloss Leopoldskron competition in Salzburg, Austria, and the West Palm Beach Opera Competition.
As a conductor, Dr. Hiester is well-versed in numerous genres, impressing audiences and musicians alike with the excellence he demands both from choirs and orchestras and generating vibrant performances with all levels of musicians. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he is head of the choral department and Musical Director of the opera program, contributing his inventive musical ideas, which often include multi-discipline artistic productions.  Combining the forms of dance, opera, choir, visual art, and poetry is a passion of his, and Dr. Hiester takes every opportunity to produce new and innovative works of this kind through collaborations with professionals across Ohio.
As a member of the musical staff of Opera Columbus, Dr. Hiester serves as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master.



*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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