Sacred Music at Notre Dame
The Master of Sacred Music Program in Choral Conducting, Organ or Voice
The Master of Sacred Music degree program, founded in 2005, is currently situated in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, with major participation from faculty in the Department of Music. The degree program offers its students the entire wealth of choral and vocal experience and range of organs found on the Notre Dame campus and in the immediate environs of the university. A primary purpose of this Master's degree is to train professional musicians for work in the Christian churches, at a time when there is a well-established need for skilled musicians who understand the liturgy and know how to work with priests/pastors and within congregations. A second purpose is to prepare graduates for admission to doctoral programs in music; about half of our graduates eventually enter doctoral programs: usually the DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts), but also the PhD in Musicology. The MSM program is broadly ecumenical, but gives specific attention to Roman Catholic traditions and practice, as well as to the particular needs of the Catholic Church in the United States. The MSM is designed to take full advantage of Notre Dame's distinguished faculty in Liturgical Studies and in Music History/ Ethnomusicology, giving students unique training in these subject areas.