Student Life

The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music is an integral part of the broader HUC-JIR community of faculty, students, and administrators who share Judaism's vision of a better world and wish to work together to learn how to achieve it. We are committed to combining freedom of thought and openness of expression with intellectual rigor, artistic excellence, mutuality of trust, and collegial commitment to one another. You will participate in symposia, informal classes, and e-learning with other campuses, and you will co-lead daily tefillah with a rabbinical and/or education student.

Within the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, students and faculty meet weekly on Wednesday mornings for practica, recitals, and master classes. Following these events, the cantorial school meets for lunch and discussion.

Members of our faculty serve as academic advisors. During the course of the year, you will meet with your advisor for support and guidance. Under certain circumstances, you may be directed by other members of the faculty to consult these advisors. In addition to the formal advising system, you will find that the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music faculty is accessible and eager to be supportive in more informal ways.