Category Archives: Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) is an interdisciplinary graduate center at Yale University that engages broadly with sacred music, worship, and the arts in diverse religious traditions and in civic life. The ISM podcast series focuses on different disciplines and perspectives that touch upon these subjects.

ISM Fellows in Conversation: Ep. 4: Music Research and Ecological Activism in Haiti



The ethnomusicologist Rebecca Dirksen discusses Haiti—a nation particularly vulnerable to climate change and subject to dire injustice in the aftermath of natural disasters—and the concept of Mizik Angaje, socially or politically engaged music within the context of Voudon traditions with Ben Bond, a Master of Divinity student at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.


ISM Fellows in Conversation: Ep. 3: Channeling Christianity in Kenya



The African musicologist Jean Ngoya Kidula talks about the multi-layered musical and religious landscape of Kenya, a crossroad of musical influences from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the Congos, and South Africa with Ben Bond, a Master of Divinity student at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.


ISM Fellows in Conversation: Ep. 2: Dancing through the Sacred



Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, scholar and choreographer, talks about Christianity, dance, gender, color, and queerness with Clare Byrne, a master’s degree candidate at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.


ISM Fellows in Conversation: Ep. 1: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studying Augustine



Marie-Ange Rakotoniaina, a liturgical scholar whose work focuses on early Christianity, discusses how Augustine re-envisioned the Sabbath in a wealth of spiritual imageries with Jake Cunliffe, a Master of Divinity student at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.


Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 4: A New Arrangement of the Brahms Requiem



Conductor David Hill talks to composer Iain Farrington, who has made an arrangement of the Brahms Requiem for chamber orchestra. We will hear a movement from the work as performed by Yale Schola Cantorum in a recording on the Hyperion Label.


Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 3: A 19th Century Translation of Bach’s St. John Passion



Conductor David Hill talks to ISM faculty members Markus Rathey and Jimmy Taylor about Robert Schumann’s little-known arrangement of Bach’s St. John Passion. We will hear a movement from the work as performed by Yale Schola Cantorum live in Woolsey Hall in 2018. The whole performance is available on the ISM YouTube Channel.


Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 2: A “New” Work by Palestrina



Conductor David Hill talks to two members of a team that newly transcribed and edited a Palestrina Mass that had been gathering dust for more than four hundred and twenty-five years. We will hear a movement from the work as performed by Yale Schola Cantorum in a recording on the Hyperion Label.


Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 1 (Untitled)



Conductor David Hill talks with composers Roderick Williams and Reena Esmail about their commissioned works for Yale Schola Cantorum, released on the Hyperion label. We will hear two complete movements from that recording whose themes of equity, unity, and peace speak to the urgent issues of our time.