Church Music

"The Church knew what the Psalmist knew: Music praises God." — Igor Stravinsky

Liturgy lies at the core of the church’s being: in its classical definition, the ekklesia or “church” is the worshiping assembly. The study of liturgy is therefore of crucial importance in theological study.

Core courses in liturgics and Church music offer a basic education in historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of liturgical studies. Electives enrich this core, allowing students to pursue greater knowledge of various aspects of the liturgy.

The School of Theology offers robust choir and academic opportunities dedicated to Church music, led by Kenneth Miller, D.M.A., assistant professor of Church music and organist and choirmaster of the Chapel of the Apostles.


The School of Theology Schola, now in its third year, is the University of the South's only chamber choir, and is dedicated to performing sacred liturgical music. Details for the services along for the Easter term, with the musical selections, are below.

Friday, Feb. 1, 5:10 p.m., Chapel of the Apostles: Evensong for the Eve of the Feast of the Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:10 p.m., Chapel of the Apostles: Evensong

Tuesday, March 5, 5:10 p.m., Chapel of the Apostles: Evensong

Tuesday, April 2, 5:10 p.m., Chapel of the Apostles: Evensong

Wednesday, April 17, 5:10 p.m., All Saints' Chapel: Evensong for Holy Week

Wednesday, May 1, 11 a.m., Chapel of the Apostles: Eucharist for the Feast of Saints Philip and James


LTCM 507     Singing the Word  (3)

Music is a force of immense power in the church's worship. This course lays the foundations for students to participate in and oversee the ministry of music in the parish in collaboration with persons skilled in music. It includes theological engagement with music, the role of music in the liturgy and the congregation, a working knowledge of The Hymnal 1982, and vocal techniques for the student's own singing of the liturgy as deacon and priest. Participation in this course is required for functioning as a cantor in the Chapel of the Apostles.

LTCM 537     Senior Chant Practicum  (1)

There are over 200 items contained in the Altar Book, its Musical Appendix, and The Hymnal 1982, volumes 1 and 2, which may be sung by deacons and/or priests. This course will provide a broad overview of those sung portions and their place in the liturgy. The student will concentrate on vocal technique and the practical skill needed in the successful performance of the most commonly used of these musical settings.

LTCM 544     The Hymn since 1982  (1)

The past half-century has seen an explosion of new hymn texts and tunes; the number of good poets and composers writing hymns is perhaps greater now than at any other point in church history. Additionally, American churches are beginning to sing hymns from a wider range of cultures. This class will examine what has happened to congregational singing since the publication of the Hymnal 1982.

LTCM 545     Even at the Grave: Music and the Christian Funeral  (3)

Since the early church, the order of burial has almost always involved singing. This class will investigate the history of Christian funeral music, looking especially at a series of pieces by important composers, from the earliest polyphonic setting of the Requiem mass (Ockeghem) to twentieth-century masterworks (Duruflé, Britten, and others). The class will conclude by discussing funeral music in the contemporary parish context.

LTCM 594     Directed Readings in Liturgics and Church Music  (1 to 4)

A Liturgics and Church Music topic developed by the student and a School of Theology faculty member to meet an educational goal not met through existing courses.