Alumni

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 current with the news of both fellow alumni and the ISM. Additionally, alumni will be able to access the Job Listings page maintained by our placement office.

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Alumni News

September 6, 2018
The Institute of Sacred Music announces the retirement of Prof. Thomas Murray, professor in the practice of organ and Yale University Organist, effective at the end of the...
August 30, 2018
by Stephen Gamboa-Díaz We are excited to announce the release of Yale Schola Cantorum’s album of the Brahms Requiem on the Hyperion label. Led by conductor David Hill, Schola...
Grossman, Nakayama, Graves, Hansen
August 7, 2018
New Faculty We welcome Jeffrey Grossman as lecturer in music at the Yale Institute of Music and Yale School of Music. His duties will include one-on-one coaching of early...
ISM Class Photo 2018
July 26, 2018
Compiled by Stephen Gamboa-Díaz On Sunday, May 20, the ISM presented its newest graduates with their ISM certificates at a banquet at the New Haven Lawn Club. Some of our...
ISM prizewinners Abbie Storch, Kathleen Kilcup, Simon Lee, David McNeil, and Josiah Hamill with director Martin Jean
July 25, 2018
Delivered at the ISM Commencement Banquet, May 20, 2018 Martin Jean Many of us leave soon for the ISM Study Tour to Spain, where, among many other things, Schola will reprise...
June 29, 2018
ALUMNI NEWS Kate Steiner (Kennedy) (M.A.R. ’07) accepted a position as assistant professor of musicology at Conrad Grebel University College in the University of Waterloo,...
Interior panorama of the Church of Huaro, Peru
May 29, 2018
This past year has been a productive one at The Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (MAVCOR), with the first convening of our new multi-year...
Rotted exterior wall at Miller Hall
May 10, 2018
Martin Jean “Befores and Afters” I recently came across an article noting the blessings and banes of “Before and After” pictures in social media. You’ve no doubt seen these...
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
May 8, 2018
The internationally-renowned Yale Schola Cantorum (Schola), a chamber choir made up of students from across all of Yale University’s departments and professional schools,...
Masaaki Suzuki and Markus Rathey
May 7, 2018
During its biennial meeting held at Yale in April, the American Bach Society awarded Masaaki Suzuki an honorary membership for his storied accomplishments as a performer and...
Two back-to-back busts of Johann Sebastian Bach
April 17, 2018
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is excited to announce a major weekend of performances on April 26, 27, and 28 in conjunction with the American Bach Society Conference....
April 16, 2018
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is currently accepting applications for two staff job openings: Program Manager, and Admissions Officer. Interested candidates should apply...
Congregations Project attendees in the round for discussion
April 11, 2018
Registration for the 2018 Congregations Project, As Creation Groans: Worshiping God on Holy Ground, is now open!  We extend a warm invitation to pastors, musicians, and other...
The Yale ISM Review, Volume 4, No. 1: Poverty. Cover image: Albert Schilling's "Suffering Christ"
February 16, 2018
We are excited to announce the publication of the latest issue of The Yale ISM Review. Editor Rita Ferrone provides an excellent summary of the many interesting articles to...
Album Cover: Palestrina: Missa Confitebor tibi Domine and other works. Yale Schola Cantorum, David Hill, conductor.
February 2, 2018
by Stephen Gamboa-Diaz. We are excited to announce the release of Yale Schola Cantorum’s album of Palestrina’s Missa Confitebor tibi Domine and other works on the...
Left to right: Robert Mealy, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Kenneth Slowik, Corey Jamason, Judith Malafronte, Max Van Egmond
November 15, 2017
It’s been a while in coming, and we apologize for the delay. As the cold days of winter approach, we’re taking time to look back at the accomplishments of our...
August 1, 2017
ALUMNI NEWS PBS’s Articulate profiled Dashon Burton (M.M. ’11) and Virginia Warnken (M.M. ’13) of Roomful of Teeth during their residency at Mass MoCA. Video is here....
Nathaniel Gumbs
June 12, 2017
NOTES ON THE STAFF Martin Jean has announced the appointment of Nathaniel Gumbs (M.M. ’11) as Director of Chapel Music at Yale University. He will work with students, faculty...
Alumni Adrianna Tam, Nate Widelitz, Joe Gregorio, Max Holman with Derek Greten-Harrison
April 24, 2017
Current choral conducting students Hannah Carr and Simon Lee were announced as semifinalists of the graduate conducting competition at the national conference of the American...
September 12, 2016
The Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (mavcor.yale.edu) 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. 
August 19, 2014
Tuesday Rupp, M.Div. ‘13, is Director of Children and Family Ministries at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC, and featured in their new video. The Confirmation...
August 19, 2014
Andy Barnett (M.Div. ‘12) has been named to the Bishop’s Chair for Environmental Science & Food Justice at Campbell Hall Episcopal High School in North Hollywood, CA. ...
August 19, 2014
John Taylor Ward (MMA ‘13) is the assistant artistic director of the Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMS) in Brainerd, Minnesota, which he co-founded in 2009. Listen to an...
June 6, 2014
Organist Okula Owolabi (M.M. ‘03) has recently been appointed as Associate Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan.     Kola Owolabi, a native of Toronto, Canada,...
Mark Biggins, Simon Carrington, Marguerite L. Brooks
March 3, 2014
Marguerite L. Brooks ISM alumni and friends were well represented at the recent ACDA eastern division conference in Baltimore.  Yale was represented by Jeffrey Douma, Jenna-...
January 15, 2014
Iain Quinn (MM ‘04) recently completed a reconstruction of Samuel Barber’s childhood cantata, Christmas Eve. The first performance took place as part of the 104th...
January 8, 2014
Paul Jacobs has been appointed to lead the Organ Institute at the Oregon Bach Festival.  The newly created institute, scheduled for June 30-July 4, 2014, will be devoted...
October 7, 2013
Carol Williams is based in San Diego, and is the Seventh Civic Organist of the city. She has been the Civic Organist since 2001. She is the first woman to hold such a...
August 26, 2013
Russell Weismann has been appointed Director of Music and Liturgy at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, Maryland.  He leaves the post as Associate Director of...
August 26, 2013
Christian Lane is entering his sixth year as Associate University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard’s Memorial Church, where he arrived after graduating from Yale and...
August 26, 2013
Joseph Gregorio (MM ‘04, choral conducting) has accepted a one-year appointment as director of choirs at Swarthmore College.  He also continues his work toward a DMA in...
August 26, 2013
Lindsey Henricksen Rodgers received a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Oregon in June 2013. Her dissertation,en titled “The North German Chorale Fantasia: A Sermon...
August 9, 2013
Tuesday Rupp has been appointed the Interim Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Church of the Heavenly Rest (on the corner of 90th and 5th Avenue) in New York City. In...
August 6, 2013
Michael Smith has been appointed Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, PA. He leaves a similar post at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge...
August 6, 2013
Kat Banakis  has been appointed director of strategic implementation and analytics at Grenzebach, Glier & Associates, a full service philanthropic management consulting...
August 5, 2013
  Rachel Heath has been appointed as the Coordinaror for Spiritual Life at Rockefeller Chapel and the University of Chicago. Along with developing and implementing...
August 5, 2013
Stuart Forster is excited to announce the publication of his book Hymn Playing: A Modern Colloquium. The book is based on research for his doctoral dissertation, and is now...
Yale Schola Cantorum
July 11, 2013
MASAAKI SUZUKI conducts Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 Bach: Mass in B minor With members of Yale Baroque Ensemble       INTERNATIONAL TOUR to JAPAN and SINGAPORE...