Sacred Music Intensive Workshop

Sacred Music Intensive Workshop

Class Offerings


2018 Jacobs School of Music Sacred Music Intensive Course
Faculty and Course Descriptions  
Course Faculty

Faculty members from the Jacobs School of Music Organ and Choral Departments not only garner worldwide recognition as outstanding teachers, performers and church musicians, but have a proven track record of teaching church musicians of varying backgrounds in a supportive and encouraging manner.

Janette Fishell, Professor of Organ, Chair, Organ Department, JSoM

Walter Huff, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting, JSoM

Marilyn Keiser, Emerita Chancellor’s Professor of Music at IU, JSoM

Christopher Young, Professor of Organ, JSoM

Patrick Fischer, Organ Curator, JSoM

Vincent Carr, Associate Professor of Organ, JSoM

*The SMI faculty will be augmented by instructors of Voice and Beginning Organ, to be announced. 

Course Schedule

Please note, a more detailed description of course activities will be forthcoming. Upon notification of acceptance attendees will be asked to narrow their choice for individual course options, and given the option to request a specific teacher.

A typical daily schedule of activities will include group or private study, classes and time to practice and study. One can follow an organ or choral track OR design a schedule of activities taken from both disciplines.

We encourage ALL participants to sing in the SMI Chorale, meeting daily under the leadership of Walter Huff.

Organ Track:

  • Practice on one of the fourteen organs at the Jacobs School of Music
    (Click HERE to see the Organs of the Jacobs School of Music)
  • Private organ lessons
  • Courses in service playing, repertoire and technique, organ construction and design
  • *New This Year - Selected Topic in Organ Performance: The Organ Music of J.S. Bach. While organists are free to shape their applied studies to best suit their desires and needs, we will also offer group study and classes focusing on the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Organists are encouraged to bring at least one organ work of Bach to study and perform in the context of a masterclass with Professors Fishell and Young. 

Choral Track:

  • Daily classes on repertoire and techniques for the choral conductor
  • Choral Conductors Practicum: Walter Huff will be teaching applied conducting as a group class. Please indicate your desire to be a participant in that daily class on the registration form, and you will contacted in advance with specific information regarding your advance preparations.
  • By audition only: Conducting participant in "Rehearsal Techniques Masterclass. (Click HERE for the audition details)

Voice Class:

A limited number of slots will be available for those wishing to study voice. This class is open to those who self-identify as soloists AND those who simply wish to improve their vocal modeling as conductors or their ensemble singing. 

Other optional studies in voice or carillon

Other highlights:

  • Lois Fyfe Music display and reading session
  • Mid-day and evening recitals
  • Informal faculty roundtables in which various professional concerns are discussed
  • Gala Closing Concert, featuring the SMI Chorale and SMI organists in Auer Hall, followed by course reception
  • Other musical and recreational activities on the IU campus and in the city and area

Please note that individual applied organ lessons or group conducting lessons are not required of participants. It is possible to enroll in the Sacred Music Intensive Course and only attend class sessions, rehearsals, and participate as a chorister in the final concert. 

Intermediate and Advanced Applied Organ Lessons, Repertoire, Facilities:  The Sacred Music Intensive Course can accommodate twenty-six Intermediate or Advanced organists who wish to study privately during the week. This ensures a minimum of two private lessons.  In addition, teachers may offer the opportunity to have small group lessons if time and space allow.  We will strive to honor requests for a specific teacher or teachers but thank you, in advance, if faculty availability requires your flexibility.

There is not a set repertoire list for the course; those who are enrolled in applied organ lessons will be contacted in advance of the course by their teacher(s) in order to set lesson goals. This may include study of repertoire and/or individual help in accompanying, hymn playing, or console conducting. Additionally, we will have a Selected Topics focus on the Organ Music of J.S. Bach, including group masterclasses and lectures. All organists are encouraged to include one work of Bach in their repertoire study during the week. 

Beginning Organ Lessons: Private lessons for beginning organists will be taught daily. No prior experience as an organist is required but a reasonable facility on the piano and the ability to read treble and bass clef are required.

Choral Conductors Practicum:  Walter Huff will be teaching applied conducting as a group class.  Please indicate your desire to be a participant in that daily class on the registration form and you will be contacted in advance with specific information regarding your advance preparations.