Director’s Introduction | Baltic States

Study Tour 2016 | Estonia, Finland, Russia Martin Jean, director One of the capstone experiences of ISM life is our biennial study trip, which took us this year to Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The benefit to our students and faculty of […]

Director’s Introduction | Italy

by Martin Jean, director One of the capstone experiences of ISM life is our biennial study trip, which in 2014 was to Ravenna, Siena, Florence, and Rome. The benefit to our students and faculty of these trips lies principally, but not solely, in the actual […]

Ravenna

The Italian city of Ravenna served as our first stop on the 2014 ISM Study Tour.  As our itinerary was designed to proceed chronologically through the cultural and artistic transitions of Italian history, we began with Late Antiquity. Ravenna served as the Western Capitol of […]

Essay | Symbols of the Heavens

by Megan Mitchell, M.A.R. ’15, religion and visual art “The faithful will feel a need to daub the symbols of their heavens onto dark cellar walls—to ensure what is around them will fortify the truths within them.” Alain De Botton, The Architecture of Happiness, 112  […]

Siena

After leaving Ravenna, we traversed the Apennine Mountains and traveled to Siena, a city that provided us with a window into the Middle Ages in Italy. Although Siena was already settled in the time of the ancient Etruscans, it did not become a prominent city […]

Essay | Living History

by Knox Sutterfield, M.M. ’14, choral conducting Every country and region of the world is rich with its own history, but when it comes to sacred music, worship, and art, Italy holds a special place. This relatively young country is brimming with artifacts of its […]

Florence

Florence was founded by ancient Romans in the 1st century BC and became an important commercial center during imperial times.  The most glorious period of Florentine history came centuries later during the period of the Republic of Florence and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Between […]

Essay | Blessings Without Number

by Wyatt Smith, M.M. ’15, organ “Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, Ita desiderat anima mea te, Deus.” These words from Psalm 42 were the theme that I held close to my heart throughout the recent study tour of Italy with the ISM. In visiting […]

Essay | Being There

Sara Couden, M.M. ‘14, voice One of the more incredible music-related experiences we had in Rome was singing Palestrina’s Missa Ave Maria as part of the Sunday service at the Church of SS. Trinita dei Pellegrini, a church where Palestrina himself actually worked. Being able […]

Rome

Rome is said to have been founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus in the year 753 BC, although archeological evidence suggests there was a Latin village here from at least the 9th century BC.  The city is one of the oldest named cities in […]

Director’s Introduction | Greece & Turkey

One of the privileges of being an ISM student is that every two years, there is an international study tour. This tradition, begun by director John Cook in the 80s and continued by Margot Fassler, has taken the Institute to England, France, Scandinavia, Mexico, the […]

Essay | From Past to Present, From West to East

 by MARILYN KENDRIX, MDiv ’13. Amid icons and organs, chanting and mosaics, divine liturgy and evangelical exhortations, the Institute of Sacred Music lived up to its interdisciplinary mission during this spring’s study trip to Greece and Turkey.   During the last two years of study, I […]

Study Tour Video | Greece & Turkey

While we couldn’t adequately capture every moment of the 2012 ISM Study Tour, this video provides a glimpse of some of the sights, sounds, and experiences had during our time in Greece and Turkey.  Enjoy!  ISM Study Tour Video from Yale ISM on Vimeo.

Athens | Halandri | Acropolis

Our first stop on the ISM study tour was the ancient city of Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization.  Greeted by warm sunshine and classical ruins of sparkling white stone, we spent our first two days exploring Athens–first, with a trip to St. George’s Parish in […]