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 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 through a curriculum of music theory, musicianship, music history, and vocal training combined 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 will have opportunities for supplementary training and mentoring through regular meetings of the IU Precantorial Interest Group; work with cantors from the area; 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.
Jewish Studies students who want to pursue the Jewish Sacred Music curriculum will have to be Jewish Studies majors, not certificate students. In addition to completing the Jewish Studies major, Jewish Sacred Music students in the College of Arts and Sciences will need to take music theory, vocal skills, ear training/sight singing, and music history classes in the Jacobs School of Music.