A new master of sacred music (M.S.M.) degree program will be offered by the University of Notre Dames Department of Theology beginning this fall.
Designed to prepare students for liturgical music ministry, the program will follow the recommendations ofMusic in Catholic Worship,a document issued by the liturgy committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.The program will include studies in music, liturgy, and pastoral ministry, and participating graduate students will be able to choose between organ or choral concentrations.
A small number of Notre Dame undergraduates are now pursuing bachelor’s degrees in music with a concentration in sacred music, and numerous graduates already work in leadership positions at churches across the country and abroad, but the new program will greatly intensify the University’s efforts and visibility in the field.
The release of a new book from Liturgical Press,Music in Christian Worship:At the Service of the Liturgy,coincides with the launching of the new program.Edited by Charlotte Kroeker of the Institute for Church Life, the book includes essays by two other faculty members, Rev. Michael S. Driscoll, associate professor of theology, and Rev. Jan Michael Joncas, visiting associate professor of theology.These and ten other scholars contributing to the book argue that music is sung prayer, requiring faithful theology, artistic skill, and accessibility for parishioners