The first year of the cantorial investiture program and the academic degree program is
generally spent in Israel at a program especially designed for cantorial students. It includes an introduction to Jewish philosophy; intensive Hebrew language study; selected chapters of rabbinic texts and Jewish law codes; a survey of the Tanakh; an introduction to the chant of the weekday prayer service and to the cantillation of the Pentateuch and Haftarot; and courses on ancient and modern Israel. Students are expected to continue their voice training privately with voice teachers in Israel and are responsible for the costs involved over and above the costs of the program itself. Financial aid for the year in Israel is awarded on the same basis as for the training in New York.
Continuation of cantorial studies on the second-year level presupposes the successful
completion of the first-year curriculum with at least a B average. It is also necessary to have the recommendation of the faculty committee that assesses the academic and musical progress of beginning students.
Students who successfully complete the first-year curriculum will continue studying in three
main areas: general music, Jewish music, and Judaica text study.
Required courses in general music include ear training, music theory and harmony,
choral conducting, choral singing, and piano. Students may be exempted from some of these courses on the basis of a proficiency examination and the permission of the instructor.
Students must continue studies in voice on a private basis and are solely responsible
for the costs involved. To assist students in judging their vocal progress, the faculty will
periodically sit as a vocal board. Students will be notified early in the term regarding dates and preparation for vocal board sessions.
The results of a Hebrew language placement examination taken at the end of the Israel
year determine the courses a student will need to complete the Hebrew language requirement.
Students are expected to place into HEB 2201 or higher upon their return from Israel. If
necessary, a student will be required to attend a JTS summer session prior to year two to meet this requirement. After completion of HEB 5203, two semesters of liturgical Hebrew are required for all students, as well as a course in Hebrew grammar.
Following a fourth-year seminar with the director, fifth-year cantorial students will join their
fellow senior rabbinical students in a year-long colloquium as part of their professional skills training.
Four one-year courses in nusah are required. These courses are team-taught and
consist of theory, practicum, and individual coaching sessions. Each year, students will
participate in nusah presentations, representative of their work in a simulated synagogue
atmosphere. The nusah faculty and the dean will evaluate performances and counsel the
students. The guidelines to nusah presentation are available in the director's office.
Students studying at H. L. Miller Cantorial School must complete 32 credits of class
work, including master's essay supervision at the College of Jewish Music. A thesis adviser will be chosen by each student in the fourth year of study. Three typed copies of the essay are to be filed in the director's office no later than mid-April of the final year.
|Ethnomusicology||Theory and Musicianship|
|Theory and Musicianship||Halakhah|
|Nusah and Cantillation||Nusah and Cantillation|
|Introduction to Liturgy||Introduction to Cantorial Texts|
|Introduction to Cantorial Texts||Israeli Society|
|HEB 2201: Intermediate Hebrew I||HEB 5203: Intermediate Hebrew II|
|HAZ 4210: Nusah for Shabbat I||HAZ 4211: Nusah for Shabbat II|
|HAZ 4220: Shabbat Nusah Practicum I||HAZ 4221: Shabbat Nusah Practicum II|
|JMU 4010: Bibliographic and Historical Survey of Synagogue Music Literature I||JMU 4011: Bibliographic and Historical Survey of Synagogue Music Literature II|
|HAZ 4110: Advanced Cantillation I||HAZ 4111: Advanced Cantillation II|
|MUS 4110–4115: Chorus||LIT 5333: Liturgy of Shabbat and the Three Festivals|
|MUS 4210: Beginning Music Theory I||MUS 4110–4115: Chorus|
|HAZ 4420: Cantorial Seminar I||HAZ 4421: Cantorial Seminar II|
|MUS 4211: Beginning Music Theory II|
|HEB 5009: Hebrew Grammar||HEB 5106: Liturgical Hebrew II|
|HEB 5105: Liturgical Hebrew I||HAZ 4241: Nusah for Days of Awe II|
|HAZ 4240: Nusah for the Days of Awe I||JMU 4013: Bibliographic and Historical Survey of Synagogue Music Literature III|
|LIT 5175: Liturgy of the Days of Awe||MUS 4213: Intermediate Music Theory II|
|HAZ 4410: Scales, Modes, and Motifs I||MUS 4313: Musicianship II-b|
|HAZ 4250: Days of Awe Practicum I||HAZ 4411: Scales, Modes, and Motifs II|
|MUS 4110–4115: Chorus||HAZ 4251: Days of Awe Practicum II|
|MUS 4212: Intermediate Music Theory I||MUS 4110–4115: Chorus|
|MUS 4312: Musicianship II-a|
|HAZ 4270: Nusah for the Three Festivals I||HAZ 4271 Nusah for the Three Festivals II|
|MUS 4214: Advanced Music Theory I||MUS 4314: Musicianship III-a|
|HAZ 5550: Practical Hazzanut I||MUS 4110–4115: Chorus|
|MUS 4215: Advanced Music Theory II
||HAZ 4281: Intermediate Nusah Theory|
|HAZ 4280 Nusah Theory||MUS 4315: Musicianship III-b|
|JMU 4500: Survey of Jewish Folk and Art Song I||HAZ 4236: Three Festivals Nusah Practicum|
|MUS 4130: Conducting I||JMU 5997: Master's Thesis Seminar|
|JMU 4501: Survey of Jewish Folk and Art Song II||MUS 4131: Conducting II|
|HAZ 4280: Nusah Theory||HAZ 4237: Three Festivals Nusah Practicum|
|JMU 5996 Master's Thesis Seminar||MUS 4411 From the Monastery To The Stage|
|HAZ 4300: Advanced Nusah Seminar||JMU 5999: Master's Thesis Advisory II|
|JMU 5998: Master's Thesis Advisery I||PRO 7410: Religious Leadership Colloquium: The Rabbi and Hazzan as Religious Leaders II|
|PRO 7409: Religious Leadership Colloquium: The Rabbi and Hazzan as Religious Leaders I||MUS 4317: Musicianship IV-b|
|MUS 4316: Musicianship IV-a||MUS 5999: Senior Recital Collegium II|
|MUS 5998: Senior Recital Collegium I||MUS 4217: Composition, Arranging, and Analysis II|
|MUS 4216: Composition, Arranging, and Analysis I|
Students are assigned a weekly coaching lesson beginning with their second year of studies. HAZ 4400X, HAZ 4401Y
Students must register for at least six semesters of chorus.
Students must register for MUS 4350: Guitar Workshop, unless exempted from the course by the instructor.
Students must register for MUS 4300: Piano Workshop, unless they are exempted from the course by the instructor.
Jewish Education Requirements
Students must register for at least two of the following four offerings:
Students must complete four elective courses. Two courses must be completed in either of the first two areas listed above, and two courses must be chosen from the final two areas. These courses are usually taken during the third, fourth and fifth years.
Students may also earn a MA degree in Jewish Education while pursuing their cantorial
studies. In addition to the courses required for the diploma of hazzan, students must take 12 credits of graduate courses in Judaica at the 5000 level or above, as well as 25 credits in education. Students interested in this program are encouraged to meet with the director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education as early as possible to determine the necessary course of study. A determination will also be made as to the particular courses in the College of Jewish Music that may be transferable to the degree in Jewish education.
Joint Graduate School MA / Cantorial Investiture Program
For details, please visit www.jtsa.edu/graduate/sma.shtml.
Graduation requirements include the successful completion of required courses,
comprehensive examinations and recitals in sacred and general music. Candidates for the
academic degree and the diploma of hazzan are expected to complete all course work and
examinations within five years. An extension of one year may be granted upon written
application to the director.
Investiture as hazzan will be conferred by the chancellor, on recommendation of the director, and is dependent upon completion of all academic and other requirements. Investiture will not be recommended if a grade of INC remains on the student's record in a required course. Investiture takes place in May of each year at JTS's commencement exercises. All students to be invested in any one year are expected to be present at all commencement day ceremonies.