The importance of the sacred: Quadcast interview with Martin Jean

In the new episode of the YDS Quadcast, Martin Jean, Director of the Institute of Sacred Music, discusses the ISM’s past, present, and future. Jean, an acclaimed organist who has performed widely across North American and Europe, also explores how to save the genre of classical music and what’s lost to humanity if sacred practice declines.

The ISM, which is closely affiliated with Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Music, this year is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding at Yale.

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In addition to directing the ISM, Martin Jean is Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music and Professor of Organ. Known for his wide repertorial interests, he was awarded first place at the international Grand Prix de Chartres in 1986 and at the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance in 1992. He has performed on four continents and in nearly all 50 states.

The YDS Quadcast series is hosted by Emily Judd ’19 M.A.R., who is Senior Communications Specialist at the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, an international humanitarian organization supported by Pope Francis, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and the leadership of the United Arab Emirates. She previously worked as a journalist in the Middle East.

Listen to past episodes of the YDS Quadcast.

Download the episode transcript (.docx)

March 12, 2024