Courses 2020–2021

Music Courses • Divinity Courses • ISM courses hosted in other departments

The letter “a” following the course number denotes the fall term; the letter “b” denotes the spring term.

Please refer to for course descriptions, syllabi, and up-to-date schedules. You may also find courses that interest you in other departments, such as Religious Studies, Art History, Medieval Studies, etc.

Music Courses

MUS 519a–b, 619a–b, 719a–b, ISM Colloquium — Martin Jean (REQUIRED)

Non-Performance Courses/Academic Courses

MUS 511b, Music before 1750 — Markus Rathey

MUS 527b, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and the Development of the Concerto Form — Markus Rathey

MUS 545a, Music Meets Literature: E.T.A. Hoffmann and His Fantastic World — Markus Rathey

MUS 650a, Silenced Voices: Music, Race, and Gender in Early Music — Markus Rathey

Performance Courses


MUS 540a–b, 640a–b, 740a–b, 840a–b, Individual Instruction in the Major — Faculty

MUS 544a–b, 644a–b, 744a–b, Seminar in the Major — Faculty

MUS 546a–b, 646a–b, 746a–b, Yale Camerata — Andre J. Thomas

MUS 571a–b, 671a–b, 771a–b, Yale Schola Cantorum — David Hill

Choral Conducting

MUS 532a-b, 632a-b, Repertory Chorus—Conducting — Jeffrey Douma

MUS 536a–b, 636a–b, Recital Chorus—Conducting — Jeffrey Douma


MUS 515a,b, Improvisation at the Organ I — Jeffrey Brillhart

MUS 615a,b, Improvisation at the Organ II — Jeffrey Brillhart

MUS 715a, b, Improvisation at the Organ III — Jeffrey Brillhart

MUS 656a, Liturgical Keyboard Skills I — Walden Moore

MUS 657a, Liturgical Keyboard Skills II — Walden Moore


MUS 506a–b, 606a–b, Lyric Diction for Singers — Faculty

MUS 509a–b, 609a–b, 709a–b, Art Song Coaching for Singers — Tomoko Nakayama

MUS 522a–b, 622a–b, 722a–b, Acting for Singers — Ethan Heard (ISM), Christopher Murrah

MUS 531a-b, 631a-b, Repertory Chorus-Voice — Jeffrey Douma

MUS 535a–b, 635a–b, Recital Chorus-Voice — Jeffrey Douma

MUS 594a,b, Vocal Chamber Music — James Taylor

MUS 595a–b, 695b, Performance Practice for Singers — Jeffrey Grossman

MUS 623a,b, Early Music Coaching for Singers — Jeffrey Grossman


Divinity Courses

REL 3910a–b, Colloquium — Martin Jean (REQUIRED)

Liturgical Studies/Worship

REL 607a, The Theology of Vatican II— Teresa Berger

REL 610b, Worship, Cosmos, Creation — Teresa Berger

REL 648a, Reel Presence: Exploration in Liturgy and Film — Teresa Berger

REL 651b, Digital Media, Liturgy, and Theology —Teresa Berger, Kathryn Tanner

REL 677b, Natural Disasters in the Christian Tradition: Ritual and Theological Responses — Mark Roosien

REL 680a, The Churches of the East: Syrian Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churches — Bryan Spinks

REL 682a, Foundations of Christian Worship — Melanie Ross

REL 687a, English Reformation Liturgical Traditions and the Evolution of the Books of Common Prayer — Bryan Spinks

REL 690b, Liturgical Theology — Melanie Ross

REL 762b, History of Early Christian Liturgy — Marie-Ange Rakotoniaina

REL 763b, Time in Early Christianity — Marie-Ange Rakotoniaina


Religion and the Arts

Visual Art/Material Culture

REL 747b, Islamic Art and Architecture in the Mediterranean — Örgü Dalgiç

REL 755b/MDVL 755 b, An Introduction to Byzantine Monasticism — Vasileios Marinis

REL 756b, The Cult of Mary: Early Christian and Byzantine Art — Vasileios Marinis, Felicity Harley

REL 903b, Visualizing the Witness — Margaret Olin

REL 936a, Witnessing, Remembrance, Commemoration — Margaret Olin

REL 945a/MDVL 663a, From House Churches to Medieval Cathedrals: Christian Art and Architecture to the End of Gothic — Vasileios Marinis

REL 955a, The Cult of Saints in Early Christianity and the Middle Ages — Vasileios Marinis, Felicity Harley

REL 968a, Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism — Sally Promey and Örgü Dalgiç


(Also see the Non-Performance Music courses listed above.)

REL 801a or b, Marquand Chapel Choir — Nathaniel Gumbs

REL 802a or b, Marquand Gospel and Inspirational Choir — Mark Miller

REL 900b, Sacred Sounds: Key Issues in the Ethnomusicology of Religion — Bo kyung Blenda Im

REL 944b, African American Religious Music — Mellonee Burnim

REL 978b, Music in African Christianity: From Local to Global Gatherings — Jean Kidula


REL 915b, Faith-[In]forming: Christian Poetics for the Twenty-First Century — David Mahan

REL 933b, Poetry and Faith — Christian Wiman

REL 943a, Performance behind Bars: Sacred Music, Sacred Texts, and Social Justice — Ronald S. Jenkins

REL 949a, Spiritual Topographies in Modern Poetry and Fiction — David Mahan

REL 956b, Faith, Doubt, and Redemption in 20th-21st-Century Fiction — David Mahan

REL 963a, Literature of Trauma — David Mahan

REL 971b, Creative Faith: Prose — Christian Wiman

REL 989a, Accidental Theologies — Christian Wiman


REL 907b, Theological Aesthetics — Awet Andemicael, John Hare

ISM Fellows’ Courses Hosted in Other Departments

EAST 503a/MUSI 589a/RLST636a, Popular Music and Christianity in Korea  Bo kyung Blenda Im

HSAR 409a, The Architecture of Death in Medieval Europe — Meg Bernstein

RLST 316a, Love and Romance in Medieval Jewish Culture — Caroline Gruenbaum

RLST 506b, Ecstasy — Riley Parker Soles

MUSI 493b, Caribbean Music, Scared Ecologies, and the Environment — Rebecca Dirksen

THST 349b, Felling The Spirit in The Dark: Queering Religion, Ritual, and Research in/as/through Performance — Christopher-Rasheem McMillan