Our Faculty

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


*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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