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Recognized for his “masterful artistry” (The Diapason, 2019), David Baskeyfield has earned a reputation for creative programing, showcasing an astonishing facility tempered by intelligent interpretation, and informed above all by intuitive and communicative musicality. Listeners have noted compelling rhythmic drive, uncanny command of registration, and incisive articulation coupled to a soaring legato.


He has recorded on ATMA Classique and Acis. His latest album features the music of the legendary performer and composer Marcel Dupré, including the US premiere of a previously unpublished orchestral transcription. It was recorded on the influential organ of 1932 at the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square: the first American organ to experiment with French voicing, this is an ideal instrument for the music of a Frenchman whose name was made famous worldwide through a series of American tours. Choir and Organ (2020) noted "astounding virtuosity and musicality.”


Baskeyfield was an organ scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, where he read Law. Graduate work followed at the Eastman School of Music, where his doctoral research explored the boundary between written composition and improvisation among the Parisian organist-composers taught by Vierne and Dupré. The recipient of an unusual number of awards in playing competitions, he earned first prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition (incidentally taking three other prizes), St. Albans, Miami, and the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, all with audience prize.


He has been broadcast a number of times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, as well as NPR’s With Heart and Voice and, more locally, as part of the daily playlist on classical station WXXI. 


Aside from solo performance he enjoys work as a collaborative pianist, continuo player, and occasional cocktail pianist. Current interests include vegetable gardening, beekeeping, sports fishing and aquarium fish, in particular the cichlids endemic to the east African rift lakes, Malawi and Tanganyika, and, lately, a reef tank. Currently living close to Rochester, NY, he is translating a number of writings by Dupré and Rolande Falcinelli held at the Sibley Music Library. He shares his house with two springer spaniels, named Lucy and Wilbur.


 He is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

Organ/Organ Improvisation


*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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