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Music and the Middlebrow Conference

Author: Matt Haines

Chris Chowrimootoo (Assistant Professor of Musicology and Liberal Studies and Faculty Fellow in Sacred Music) will host a conference entitled "Music and the Middlebrow" at Notre Dame's London Global Gateway on 22-24 June 2017The event will feature over fifty speakers from all over the world, including Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) and Joan S. Rubin (University of Rochester) as the keynote speakers. For full registration details, program and abstracts, see: http://www.musicandthemiddlebrow.org/

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SMND Releases Documentary Film about Coptic Liturgical Chant: Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City

Author: Matt Haines

Where the Hudson Meets the NileTeaching Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City, a short documentary film by Christian Jara and Margot Fassler, explores theways chant has been taught at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City by singers David Labib and Steve Soliman, with attention to the place of the music in the formation of communal identity. Filmed over several years of time, the film enters into teaching practices within a completely memorized oral tradition developed by the singers to encourage children and youth to learn a vast and highly complex repertory of melodies.Through this teaching children are prepared for roles in the church of the future as congregants, as deacons, and as future monks and priests.The Coptic Orthodox Church has grown exponentially since the 1960's when St. Mark's in Jersey City was founded. There are now nearly 200 Coptic churches in the USA and two monasteries, and the chant is central to the liturgical practices and institutional lives of these establishments. The teaching skills displayed by Labib and Soliman in their work include breaking down melismas to their simplest components, developing personalized systems of "notation" to trigger thememory, comparative study of master chanters, and mastery of the Coptic texts so the singer understands what is being sung and can pray while singing. The film concentrates upon several stages of learning, with an emphasis on the use of technology both within the service, and for personal and group study. Commentary on footage of music and the liturgy is provided through a filmed conversation between musicologist Margot Fassler, an outsider to thetradition, and Bishop Kyrillos (Formerly Fr. John Paul Abdelsayed), a theologian and auxiliary bishop in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.…

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Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez Lectures at the University of Lousiville

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez, Head of the Conducting Studio of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, lectures this Wednesday, March 22 at the Composition Seminar of the University of Louisville, by invitation of Professor Marc Satterwaite.  She will address two Latin American operas she has conducted in world and collegiate premieres, Gabriela Ortiz's Unicamente la verdad! 

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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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Premiere Performance of Emorja Roberson's "Let's Just Praise the Lord"

Author: Matt Haines

Second year vocal Master's student Emorja Roberson, will be premiereing "Let's Just Praise the Lord" with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for their annual King Day concert this Monday at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Tickets and more information can be found...

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JJ. Wright and Notre Dame Children's Choir Featured on NPR's Weekend Edition

Author: Mark Doerries

DMA student J.J. Wright was interviewed from Rome by Scott Simon on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, December 3, 2017. The segment discussed Wright's composition O Emmanuel and collaboration with the Notre Dame Children's Choir, his internship with the...

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