Alumni, Faculty, Fellows, Student News

December 20, 2021

Faculty News

In this new online video series, ISM faculty members Teresa BergerJames Taylor, Jeff Douma, Vasileios Marinis, and David Mahan talk about the ISM’s programs and community life.

Beloved Professor Emeritus Thomas Murray received received an honoris causa Doctorate of Music from the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South. The honor was conveyed during the school’s  Michaelmas Eucharist, and was attended by bishop and liturgist J. Neil Alexander, as well as several ISM alumni.

Prof. Melanie Ross, associate professor of liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, has been awarded an $18,000 Vital Worship Grant for 2022–2023 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, one of sixteen to be given this year. | Read more

Prof. Bryan Spinks (pictured here), who retires in 2022, delivered the Aidan Kavanagh Lecture as part of YDS Convocation in October. The lecture, entitled “Sleuthing Dorothy L. Sayers’ 1942 Address on Anglican Worship: A ‘Wimsey-cal’ Detection of the Background and Context of the Text,” is available for viewing on YouTube.

Alumni News

Soprano Emily Donato (M.M. ’19) has won First Place in the 2021 New York Oratorio Society competition (September 2021).

The Reverend Zack Nyein (M.Div. ’16) has accepted the call to join the clergy team as Senior Associate Rector at St. Bart’s in NYC.

Countertenor Bradley Sharpe (M.M. ’18) has joined renowned vocal ensemble Chanticleer (September 2021).

Fellows News

Check out the fellows’ podcast series, featuring current ISM students in conversation with current fellows. New this fall: Melanie R. Hill on African American womanist preaching and Carla Neuss on the educational and transformative power of theater. | listen here

Nina Glibetić and Gabriel Radle, both fellows in 2013–2014 now at the University of Notre Dame, have been appointed by Pope Francis as consultors for the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. | Read more

Student News

Carolyn Craig (M.M.A. organ, ’22) has won Second Prize – and a Special Prize for “Best Performance of Mikael Tariverdiev’s Works” – in this year’s Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia (September 2021).

Manuel Piazza won First Prize at the RCCO National Organ Playing Competition (8/12/21). | Read more