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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 Sistine Chapel Choir, and the current state of sacred music.…

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A Monumental Instrument: Murdy Organ

Author: Mark Doerries

Representing four years of dedicated labor, the Murdy Family Organ will be the 36-year-old studio’s most ambitious piece for any client.

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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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Native Justice Served in "Mass for the Oppressed"

Author: Matt Haines

Tears well up in Emerson Eads’ eyes as he turns from the conductor’s perch and greets audience members who have just given a standing ovation to Sunday afternoon’s Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s performance of his composition, “Mass for the Oppressed.”

“Honestly,” Eads admits, “I was definitely thinking about the four. When it got to Agnus Dei, I couldn’t hold myself together.”…

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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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SMND Singers Compete in NATS

Author: Matt Haines

MSM voice performance first-year students Carlos Cardenas, Nathan Kistler, and Gabriela Solis competed in the Indiana Chapter Student Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on Saturday, Oct. 29. They represented Notre Dame for the first time at a NATS competition in more than 10 years and all performed splendidly! We congratulate Carlos Cardenas for winning third place in his division (there was a two-way tie for first place) and Gabriela Solis for winning first place in her division!…

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Notre Dame Vocale to Perform Music from "Journeying La Divina Comedia" in Mexico and Chile

Author: Matt Haines

Notre Dame Vocale, the research and special project ensemble of Sacred Music at Notre Dame will initiate a tour of latin America by invitation of El Colegio Nacional, de Mexico, the eminent institution that reunites the most distinguished scholars, scientists and artists of this country; and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, with support from the Luksic Foundation.…

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​​​​​​​Fr. Jerome Weber: A Life in Discography

Author: Matt Haines

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Fr. Jerome Weber: A Life in Discography is now streamed by SMND.  This short film by Christian Jara and Margot Fassler outlines the career of noted scholar Jerome Weber, who has transformed the study of how chant has sounded in recent decades through his detailed cataloging of the recorded evidence.  With his online database Chantdiscography.com

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Soprano Kiera Duffy: A New Faculty Member in the Graduate Voice Studio

Author: Matt Haines

Kiera Duffy

The Department of Music and the Program in Sacred Music were thrilled to announce last year the appointment of Kiera Duffy to the position of Associate Professor in the Practice, and SPF. Ms. Duffy will take up her new duties in January, 2017, teaching undergraduates in the Department and also joining Professor Stephen Lancaster, Head of the Graduate Studio, in her work with the Program in Sacred Music.  Professor Duffy visited the campus at the opening of the school year. It was wonderful to catch up with her and get some of her thoughts about her teaching and her career.  Here are a few quotations from our interview.…

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Diverse Paths to Full-Time Employment: Four Recent Graduates in Voice

Author: Matt Haines

Jessica Bush Working

Jessica Working

There are plenty of jobs in church music for organists; choral conductors have many posts to apply for in colleges and in universities, and especially if their keyboard skills are up, in churches too. But what about someone with an MSM in voice?  Of course, some of our graduates go right on to DMA’s and we’ll be hearing about them later as years go on. But some want to be out working right away, and here are the stories of four of these singing strivers, two from the class of 2015 (Caporizo and Dotterweich) and two from the class of 2016 (Bush and Noone). Their paths are very different, yet each is employed full time, and they use a variety of skills for the church, for teaching, and for the concert hall, providing a dazzling display of entrepreneurial energy.…

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DMA Student, Justin Appel, Featured as Nanovic Institute's "Student Spotlight"

Author: Matt Haines

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DMA Conducting student, Justin Appel, traveled to Latvia on a  Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant to study Ēriks Ešenvalds as an upcoming star of 21st-century choral music. Justin wrote about his experience and travels to the Nanovic Institue for European Studies

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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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A New Movement for Sacred Music

Author: Matt Haines

Recently, Brendan O’Shaugnessy of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications was able to sit down with MSM alumni Jonathan Embry (organ) and Samantha Dotterweich (voice) to talk about their learning experience at Notre Dame and how it has impacted their current church musician job. Jonathan and Samantha each have their own approach to Sacred Music and how they pass on the experience unto others. Jonathan focuses the relationship of organ hymn playing to resonate with his church attendance while Samantha teaches the youth choirs at schools and future work with the Indianapolis Children's Choir.…

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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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Notre Dame Day A Success!

Author: Mark Doerries

Sacred Music at Notre Dame recently participated in the annual University-wide Notre Dame Day fundraising appeal on April 24-25, 2016. In addition to raising over $17,000 in funds, Sacred Music was the eighth highest recipient of contributions amongst over 850 organizations and the only academic unit in the top 10 fund recipients.…

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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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