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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Awarded $1.6 Million Lilly Endowment Grant

Author: Matt Haines

The University of Notre Dame has received a $1.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and its transformative work with graduate students and the community.

This is the program’s second grant from the Lilly Endowment — a private, philanthropic foundation that supports the causes of religion, education, and community development — following a $1.9 million grant in 2012

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Music history and liturgy professor elected president of Medieval Academy of America

Author: Tom Coyne

Margot E. Fassler, the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Notre Dame, will become president of the Medieval Academy of America in April. As head of the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies, Fassler hopes to focus attention on a historical era that she believes can provide better understanding of the political, environmental, and class problems currently facing the globe.

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Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez Lectures at the Music Library Association National Conference

Author: Matt Haines

Prof. Carmen-Helena Tellez, Head of the Conducting Studio in the Sacred Music Program at Notre Dame lectures this Thursday, February 23, at the National Conference of the Music Library Association in Orlando, Florida. The MLA requested her to discuss her career at Indiana University's Latin American Music Center, where she produced 13 recordings of Latin American music and many premieres, conferences and special events, all of which generated new documentation of this important repertoire, and contributed to the increasing exchanges between researchers and librarians of the United States and Latin America. …

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Notre Dame Vocale Invited to be Part of Prestigious Commissioning Consortium

Author: Matt Haines

The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music has invited Professor Carmen Helena Téllez and Notre Dame Vocale to join a consortium of some of the most important professional choirs in the country, to co-commission a new work of choral music from composer Greg Spears. In 2015, the Ann Stookey Fund awarded Notre Dame Vocale a grant to assist in the commission and performance of Robert Kyr's oratorio Paradiso,

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Margot Fassler Elected President of the Medieval Academy of America

Author: Matt Haines

The Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce the election of Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, as President of the Medieval Academy.

The Medieval Academy of America is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum, and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships. Professor Fassler's year-long term will culminate with her Presidential Address at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy on 2 March 2018 at Emory University. Additional duties and responsibilities include presiding at meetings of the Academy's Council, Executive Committee, and Corporation, and representing the Academy at home and abroad. She will also be responsible for appointing the Chair of the Nominating Committee and members of the selection committees for the Academy’s Haskins Medal and John Nicholas Brown Prize.…

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Stephen Lancaster wins American Prize in Vocal Performance

Author: Mark Doerries

Notre Dame Music and Sacred Music faculty member and head of the graduate studio in voice, Stephen Lancaster, was honored to be announced Winner of the 2016 American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song and oratorio, professional division).

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Book Launch and Concert in Düsseldorf

Author: Matt Haines

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In Düsseldorf, Germany this past week, a team of four scholars launched their book Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies Bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent (Aschendorff, 2016). Margot Fassler, the musicologist on the project, gave a public presentation with her colleagues at a performance by the Ars Choralis Coeln of works chosen from the liturgical manuscripts studied in the two-volume work. In addition, the scholars led a several-day workshop on art, music, theology, and liturgy among Dominicans in the later Middle Ages at the University of Düsseldorf. Photo: left to right, Susan Marti (Bernisches Historisches Museum); Margot Fassler (Notre Dame); Dirk Passmann (of Aschendorff Press); Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard); Eva Schlotheuber (University of Düsseldorf). …

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Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, has been elected an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society.

Author: Matt Haines

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(Photo Credit: Barbara Thompson)

Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, has been elected an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society

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Prof. Carmen-Helena Téllez Invited to be a Member of the Standing Committee for Research and Publications of the American Choral Directors Association

Author: Matt Haines

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Prof. Carmen-Helena Téllez has been invited to serve as a member of the Standing Committee for Research and Publications of the American Choral Directors Association. She will serve for the next four years.  Under the new ACDA committee structure, the Research and Publications committee will continue its ongoing work with monographs, the Herford Award, and symposia on repertoire and performance practices, while expanding its interest in the application of technology to research, and in the integration of research with performance in all areas of choral music. Professor Téllez was the winner of the Herford Award in 1991.…

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Incoming MSM Student Graduates with Distinctions

Author: Matt Haines

Incoming MSM Conducting student, Abby Helbling, recently graduated with distinctions from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Helbling received magna cum laude distinction for a bachelor’s degree in music education. She previously received the Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Recognition award and the Slocum Prize for the highest GPA in the music department at graduation.…

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Margot Fassler and Peter Jeffery Speak at International Conference

Author: Matt Haines

Margot Fassler and Peter Jeffery were speakers at the international conference "The Poetics of Christian Performance: Prayer, Liturgy, and Their Environments in East and West." The conference was held on June 19-23, 2016 at the Edmond J. Safra Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

You can read about the conference here

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American Bach Society Biennial Conference Hosted by Sacred Music at Notre Dame

Author: Matt Haines

AMERICAN BACH SOCIETY BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
HOSTED BY SACRED MUSIC AT NOTRE DAME

On 7-10 April 2016 Sacred Music at Notre Dame hosted the biennial meeting of the American Bach Society. The society, which began its life as the American Chapter of the International Bach Society before becoming its own independent entity, serves as the focus for Bach scholarship in the United States and Canada. Among its members are many of the leading Bach scholars in the world, including Christoph Wolff, former director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. It was a great honor and privilege to host such an important organization.…

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Margot Fassler Featured in Women Lead Article by Notre Dame

Author: Matt Haines

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Margot Fassler has been featured in the Women Lead article by Notre Dame on International Women Day this Tuesday, March 8th. In the article she talks about her professional accomplishments and personal triumphs that have lead her to her current position at Notre Dame, as well as the power of women in the liturgical world.…

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Notre Dame Vocale Receives Major Award from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music

Author: Matt Haines

Notre Dame Vocale, the research and special project ensemble of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, and its artistic director Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez just received news of the prestigious award by the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music.  Notre Dame Vocale joins some of the most prestigious professional and academic ensembles of the country who have been previous recipients of the award, including The Crossing of Philadelphia, directed by Donald Nally, Cantus of Minnesota and Dr. Téllez's former ensemble, NOTUS: the IU Contemporary Vocal  Ensemble, now directed by Dominick DiOrio.  In this grant cycle, Vocale is joined by Volti, the San Francisco new music ensemble. Dr. Téllez and Vocale have commissioned a cantata on Dante's Paradiso

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti Awarded the H.Colin Slim Award

Author: Matt Haines

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti has been awarded the H.Colin Slim Award for his essay "Tartini and the Tongue of Saint Anthony".

“The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year (2015) in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career and who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.” (http://www.ams-net.org/awards/slim.php

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A Recording by Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez is Reissued in Mexico.

Author: Matt Haines

The Tempus Clasico label, specializing in masterpieces of the Latin American repertoire, has reissued a recording by Notre Dame's Professor of Conducting Carmen-Helena Téllez of Mario Lavista's Stabat Mater, alongside other sacred music works by the composer. The original recording was produced by Indiana University's Latin American Music Center in 2012. Tempus Clasico serves the large Mexican and Central America recordings market. This is the third time that it has reissued a recording by Professor Téllez, having published the 

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Support Sacred Music for Notre Dame Day!

Author: Matt Haines

Donations and Voting for Notre Dame Day begins Today!!!!! Please support Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Children’s Choir by making at $10 donation and casting your FIVE votes for SACRED MUSIC. Your $10 donation will be magnified by donors up to an additional $100!
 
Spouses and parents can donate from the same credit card and each will receive FIVE votes to give to Sacred Music at Notre Dame. See the attached flyer for details.…

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Margot Fassler Delivered the Second Annual Plenary Lecture

Author: Matt Haines

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"After the success of the inaugural AMS President’s Endowed Plenary Lecture at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, given by Richard Crawford, this annual series continues at the Milwaukee Annual Meeting. The lecture is free and open to the public. This year’s speaker is Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame." - American Musicological Society

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Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez and students of the Sacred Music program welcome famous pedagogue José Antonio Abreu

Author: Matt Haines

Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema of Youth Orchestras  in Venezuela and teacher of Los Angeles Philharmonic's conductor Gustavo Dudamel received the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Humanitarian Work in Latin America. Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez, a compatriot of Maestro Abreu,  coordinated the musical offering in collaboration with SMND students J.J. Wright (conducting), Mary Catherine Levri and Kevin Vaughn (organ)

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Chris Dekker, D.M.A. Organ, Wins Prestigious Sacred Music Scholarship

Author: Matt Haines

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"Second year doctoral student Christopher Dekkerhas been awarded a scholarship from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMWA).  Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any denomination intending to pursue a career in sacred music, the award was given to the candidate showing the greatest potential for outstanding promise of future impact in the field, as exemplified by their current work and schooling.  This news will be featured in an article

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Composer Paul Mealor Visits The Sacred Music Program

Author: Matt Haines

Known to billions around the world for the music he created for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Welsh composer Paul Mealor  visits the Conducting Studio on Friday, March 21 to discuss his compositions. Professor Nancy Menk has commissioned and will premiere a new work by Mealor for her ensembles, the South Bend Chamber Singers and the Saint Mary's College Women's Choir.

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