Beginning in the fall of 2004, the Butler School of Music introduced a program of studies in religious music, designed initially for graduate students of Choral Conducting and Organ Performance. A broad range of subjects are offered, all designed to enable the musician to be equipped to take charge of the music of a congregation and/or other religious organizations. Extensive surveys of the vast choral and organ literature are complemented with practical instruction in the preparation and performance of representative works. The histories of religious music and liturgical practices are offered along with the study of service-building and administration, choir-training and service-playing. Opportunities for the development and expansion of such skills are given to colleagues in the larger community, taking the forms of workshops and seminars.