Revitalizing culture through the exploration of sacred dramatic music

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The Academy of Sacred Drama is an artistic and intellectual community that is revitalizing culture through the exploration of sacred dramatic music. Oratorio performances and salon concerts feature the music and libretti of works rarely or never heard in modern times accompanied by lectures and refreshments. Editions and translations are created for Academy performances, and the open-license publication of these works makes them accessible to ensembles and audiences. The Academy Journal is an open-license publication about culture, music, and religion designed around the Academy’s yearly themes. Academy activities enable encounters with the stories of Christianity and other Abrahamic religions and offer a path toward inter-religious dialogue and Christian unity.

The Academy is a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York and is federally recognized as a tax exempt public charity under IRC Section 501 (c) (3). Donations are tax deductible.

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Performances

Oratorio performances and salon concerts feature the music and libretti of works rarely or never heard in modern times accompanied by lectures and refreshments. Stories from Scripture and the lives of the saints are imagined through seventeenth and eighteenth century perspectives with historically informed singing and Baroque-era instruments. Like an eighteenth-century salon or the academies of Baroque Rome, oratorio performances provide a space for ideas and friendships to grow. Oratorio performances and salon concerts are ticketed public events in New York City, and other performances are produced in conjunction with partner organizations and presenters in other cities.

Year of Moses [2018-2019]  schedule to be announced

Year of Judith [2017-2018] · Previous Seasons

Academy Journal

Yale Schola Cantorum Performs Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachts-Historie

By Christopher Browner The superbly talented singers of Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Institute of Music’s chamber choir for the performance of sacred music, were still in the holiday spirit on January 27, 2018, when they offered a radiant performance of Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachts-Historie (Christmas Story), SWV 435 to a packed audience at New Haven’s Christ …

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