Courses 2021–2022

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 617/REL 643a, Music and Theology in the 16th Century — Markus Rathey

MUS 639a, Staging Race in 18th-Century Opera — Markus Rathey

MUS 649/REL 919b, The Passion in 18th-Century Music — Markus Rathey

MUS 675a, Sacred to Socially Committed: A Survey of the Mass — Bernard Gordillo

MUS 680b, African Art Music — Bongani Ndodana-Breen

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)

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 608b, Christian Initiation in Late Antiquity— Mark Roosien

REL 611b, Understanding Evangelical Worship — Melanie Ross

REL 617b, Worship, Culture, and Technology — Melanie Ross 

REL 655a, Liturgy and Life — Melanie Ross

REL 658b, Sacraments and Sacramentality  — Mark Roosien

REL 664a, The Sabbath: The History and Theology of Rest from Antiquity to the Present  — Marie-Ange Rakotoniaina

REL 682a, Foundations of Christian Worship — Melanie Ross

REL 688a, Catholic Liturgy — Teresa Berger

REL 693a, Gender and Liturgy — Teresa Berger

REL 697a, The Eucharist: Communion and Community — Mark Roosien

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

REL 996b, Worship: The Embodied Moment for Self and Church Community — Kathleen S. Turner


Religion and the Arts

Visual Art/Material Culture

REL 731a, Origins of Christian art in Late Antiquity — Felicity Harley

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

REL 758a, Constantinople/Istanbul — Örgü Dalgiç

REL 765a, Death and Afterlife in Eastern Christian Traditions — Vasileios Marinis, Maria Doerfler

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

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

AMST 805/HSAR 720/RLST 699/WGSS 779b, Sensational Materialities: Sensory Cultures in History, Theory, and Method — Sally Promey

AMST 816/HSAR 834/RLST 859b, Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism — Sally Promey, Örgü Dalgiç

RLST 819/AMST 630/HSAR 529a, Religion and Museums — Sally Promey


(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 825b, Music Skills and Vocal Development for Ministry — Awet Andemicael

REL 913a, Broadcast Religions: Music, Media, and the Materiality of Belief — Braxton Shelley

REL 948/MUSI 483b, The Gospel Imagination — Braxton Shelley


REL 920b, Continuing Bonds with the Dead through Art — David Mahan, Tanya Walker

REL 923a, Herbert and Hopkins in the 21st Century — Christian Wiman

REL 932b, Staging Faith: Representations of Christianity in Contemporary Theatre and Film — Carla Neuss

REL 933b, Poetry and Faith — Christian Wiman

REL 943a, Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice: Prison and the Arts — Ronald S. Jenkins

REL 946b, God’s Trombones: Contemporary Black Women Preachers in Literature and Music — Melanie Hill

REL 953a, Reading Poetry Theologically — David Mahan

REL 964b, Imagining the Apocalypse — David Mahan

REL 971b, Creative Faith: Prose — Christian Wiman

REL 772a, Medieval Christian Theatre: Ritual, Drama, and Performance — Carla Neuss

REL 989a, Accidental Theologies — Christian Wiman


ISM Fellows’ Courses Hosted in Other Departments

HSAR 420b, Techniques of the Body — Catalina Ospina

RLST 126b/SAST 262b, Tibetan Buddhism — Kati Fitzgerald

RLST 156a, Buddhism and Hip Hop — Kati Fitzgerald

RLST 170b/MMES 192b, The Religion of Islam — Heba Abdelfattah

MUSI 279b, Music and Society in New Spain — Bernard Gordillo

MMES 311/FILM 336/RLST 236a, Social Change in Middle East Cinema — Heba Abdelfattah