Professor Judah Cohen with Jewish Sacred Music students Lily Tash & Caroline Billinson
The Jewish Sacred Music curriculum allows students in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jacobs School of Music to pursue a course of study that can prepare them for careers as cantors, scholars, or Jewish professionals. Developed by Professor Judah Cohen in consultation with the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary’s H.L. Miller Cantorial School, the curriculum brings together two of Indiana University’s greatest strengths by combineing a curriculum of music theory, musicianship, music history, and vocal training with courses in Jewish history, texts, philosophy and culture. Upon completion of their IU degrees, Jewish Sacred Music students, wishing to apply to cantorial school, will have optimal preparation for admittance.
In addition to the Jewish Sacred Music curriculum, students interested in the cantorate may pursue opportunities for supplementary training and mentoring through meetings of the IU Precantorial Interest Group; work with cantors; and participation in projects with local Jewish community organizations. These experiences will further enrich students’ experiences in Jewish Sacred Music while enhancing their potential as successful cantorial candidates. It is the only pre-cantorial program in the country.