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Jason J. Keefer is Assistant Professor and Director of Sacred Music and Principal Organist at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio; Organ Artist-in-Residence at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Director of the Sacred Music Institute of America. From 2015 to 2016, Dr. Keefer was Adjunct Professor of Organ at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Prior to moving to Ohio, he served as Principal Organist and Director of Liturgical Music at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Choirmaster and Organist at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.


Dr. Keefer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from West Virginia University, where he was awarded a full scholarship as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Music History. He earned a Master of Musical Arts in Sacred Music and Organ from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Organ from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.


Dr. Keefer's doctoral dissertation topic was "A Style-Based Approach to Hymn Improvisation: A Teaching Manual for Organ Students,” and he has taught and continues to teach courses and master classes based on the method that he formulated.  

Dr. Keefer studied with John Walker, David Craighead, Anne Musser Honeywell, Ann Labounsky, and Edgar Highberger; coached with French organists Pierre Pincemaille and Jean- Pierre Leguay; and studied organ improvisation with Gerre Hancock, Ann Labounsky, and Jean- Pierre Leguay. He also studied conducting with Brady Allred and  Kathleen Shannon and Gregorian chant with Fr. Stephen Concordia. 

Program Director, Organ/Sacred Music Topics


*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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