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Welcome ISM/Union Alumni

The purpose of this page is to keep alumni of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Union School of Sacred Music up to date with the alumni news. Additionally, alumni may be interested in the Job Listings page maintained by our placement office.

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Alumni News

September 12, 2016
The Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion ( at Yale University is pleased to announce receipt of a major grant from the Henry Luce...
July 15, 2016
Judith Dupré (M.Div. ‘11) I write nonfiction, primarily about design and architecture. My new book, One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building, is my fifth work of...
Robert Bennesh
July 14, 2016
Robert Bennesh   (M.M. ‘14, A.D. ‘15) After graduating (for the last time)  from the ISM last May, I assumed the position as Director of Music at the Church of Sweden in...
July 13, 2016
Alumni News Several ISM organ alumni were in attendance at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston. Pictured at left: Russell Weismann (M.M. ‘07...
March 30, 2016
Read the article on the exhibition by Timothy Cahill (M.A.R. ‘16) on the YDS website here. Jon Seals (M.A.R. ‘15) is the curator of the exhibition Between Clock and Bed now...
March 2, 2016
Congratulations to the Diapason’s “20 under 30” class of 2016 that includes current and former ISMers Stephen Buzard, Joey Fala, Wesley Hall, Amanda Mole, Adam Pajan,...
Troy Messenger
December 16, 2015
In His Own Words Troy Messenger, M.A.R. ‘83; M.Div. ‘88 I work at Union Theological Seminary, where I have now been for twenty years. I wear both practical and academic hats...
August 28, 2014
Brian Bartoldus (M.M.A. ‘11) has been appointed Director of Music Ministry at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. 
August 20, 2014
Ian Tomesch (MM ‘12, MMA ‘13) has been appointed University Organist and Instructor in Organ at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  The organ at lehigh is a 1952 Austin (III...
August 20, 2014
Caleb Bennetch (M.M. ‘13) has been appointed Director of Music at St.John’s United Methodist Church in Austin, TX.