The Sacred Music Intensive Workshop

Due to Indiana University’s commitment to preserving and improving public health in the midst of this global pandemic, we regret to announce that the 2020 Sacred Music Intensive Workshop has been cancelled for this year.  Questions pertaining to refunds should be directed to our Special Programs Office (www.music.indiana.edu/precollege). 
We wish everyone good health and look forward to the time when we can gather in Bloomington to make and enjoy music together at the 2021 workshop!


 Welcome to the Sacred Music Intensive

June 1-5, 2020

2020 SMI Faculty

2020 SMI Faculty

 A special welcome from the Course Director

On behalf of the entire SMI faculty, welcome to the Jacobs School of Music Sacred Music Intensive Course website! This special summer course, now in its fifth year, supplies continuing education enrichment to church musicians, ages 18 and older, who seek a supportive and stimulating environment in which to sharpen skills and engage new concepts and repertoire. Attendees have the option of tailoring their weeks course of study from a variety of offerings of interest to organists, choral conductors, and vocalists.

Read testimonials from past attendees found elsewhere on this site and you will gain insight into the SMI experience. Perhaps this best sums up the vision of SMI:

You are to be commended for your friendly, welcoming ways and acceptance of each participant, whatever their gifts and skill level. Your teaching helped each person to take their own “next step.” This was a model for ministry and teaching.

Please consider how the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Sacred Music Intensive Course might enrich your development as a church musician, and do let us know of any questions this site does not address.


Janette Fishell

Professor & Chair 
Organ Department 
Course Director


*Note: This workshop is intended for participants ages 18 and older.


Please make this summer opportunity known to your students and colleagues:


Jacobs Organ Academy 

This academy is designed for inquisitive and motivated pre-college and collegiate organists and/or keyboardists who seek a week of engagement with artist faculty, the stimulation of encountering new ideas, opportunities to perform on outstanding instruments, and the camaraderie of others interested in the King of Instruments. Our modest tuition includes daily lessons, classes, practice room privileges, exposure to the university’s vast library holdings and instrumental collections, including harpsichords and two university carillons. There will be one track for Pre-College students, (age 13-17) and another for College age, (18+).

To visit the Jacobs Organ Academy website, click HERE.