Sacred Music Intensive

Workshop offerings

Applied organ or group conducting lessons are not required of participants. It is possible to attend the SMI as an auditor in class sessions and rehearsals, and participate as a choristor in the final concert.

  • Access to one of the fourteen organs at the Jacobs School of Music
  • Private instruction from Janette Fishell, Marilyn Keiser, Jeffrey Smith, and Christopher Young
  • Classes in Service Playing, Repertoire, and Attendee-Requested Topics

  • Daily classes on repertoire and techniques for the choral conductor
  • Choral Conductors Practicum: Applied conducting in a group class setting. Please indicate your desire to be a conducting participant on the registration form and you will be contacted with information regarding your advance preparations.
  • Rehearsal Techniques for the Choral Conductor: Accepting conducting participants by audition only.

  • Group voice class
  • The Well-Seasoned Chorister: Working with the mature singer
  • Anthem Accompanying
  • Improvisation for the Timid
  • Service Music, Tried & True
  • So Many Stops - So Little Time: Tips on Organ Registration

  • Opening Organ Faculty Recital; Mid-Week Recital; Tower Tour at the recently inaugurated Arthur R. Metz Grand Carillon in the IU Arboretum; Closing Gala Concert with the SMI Chorale and SMI Organists, followed by Course Reception.
  • Other musical and recreational activities on the IU Campus and nearby area

Tuition and deadlines

Fees and Deadlines for future years will be posted in the Fall prior to its return

Audition requirements

Choral or organ tracks: No audition is necessary for general applications. 

Rehearsal Techniques for the Choral Conductor: This course will be open to observors and singers. Interested applicants should indicate their interest in the course on the online registration form and submit the following audition requirements:

  • Two contrasting choral works conducted in either a rehearsal or performance setting; YouTube links preferred

Please send the audition recordings to Walter Huff at

How to apply

  1. Eligibility: Adults, 18-years or older.
  2. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration form. Please complete payment to secure your spot within the program.
  3. Program acceptance: Your registration will be confirmed within the month of filing. A full listing of each applicant's course schedule will be sent to each registrant by the course director on or before May 2nd.
  4. Cancellation policy: Tuition will be refunded with a Cancellation Fee of $100 if cancelled prior to SMI start date. 

Sacred Music Clinic will return in future years.

Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form

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