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We dedicated our new building.

Author: Peter Jeffery

In December 2017 we will begin moving into our new quarters, O'Neil Hall.  The official dedication took place on October 28.  Former president George W. Bush and first lady Laura were there. So was Charles Schwab, who developed the discount brokerage concept into the company that bears his name. Mr. Schwab and his wife Helen donated the building in honor of her brother, Joseph I. O'Neill III (ND class of 1967), a long-time supporter of Notre Dame, who put a lot of attention into ensuring that this would be a beautiful, functional building.  Also present were the LaBar family, which donated the Recital Hall and the Performance Hall, and the Michuda famiily, which donated the Rehearsal Hall. …

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2005 Graduate Returns to Campus to Pursue Doctoral Studies in Choral Conducting

Author: Matt Haines

DMA Conducting student, Brandon Hollihan, graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a BA in Vocal Performance. He has since returned to Notre Dame to pursue his doctoral studies in choral conducting under the direction of Dr. Carmen Helena-Telléz and Dr. Mark Doerries. He is entering his first year as a DMA candidate and will perform his first degree recital

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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez Conducts "Elijah" in Colombia

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez, Head of the Conducting Studio,  conducted two performances of Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" last September 9 and 10, 2017, as a guest of the 6th International Festival of Sacred Music of Bogotá. The performances took place in the historic Teatro Colón, with the Orchestra EAFIT of the city of Medellín, and the chorus of the Universidad de los Andes. It was the first time that "Elijah" was heard in Colombia. Composer Krzysztof Penderecki and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis were also guests of the Festival.…

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Dr. Michael Accurso Involved with the Dedication of the New Cathedral in Raleigh, NC.

Author: Matt Haines

Alum Dr. Michael Accurso is featured in a TV spot in Raleigh, NC, as the new Cathedral of the Holy Name of Jesus is about to be dedicated on July 26. Michael graduated with a DMA in Choral Conducting last July 7, as a student of Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez. He is the Director of Sacred Music for  the Cathedral and the Diocese in Raleigh since 2015.…

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Lilly Endowment awards $1.6 million grant for Sacred Music at Notre Dame program

Author: Carrie Gates

The University of Notre Dame has received a $1.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) 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 that helped launch SMND.

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Graduating Students Job & School Offers

Author: Matt Haines

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JJ Wright, a DMA candidate in the Conducting Studio at Notre Dame reached out from Notre Dame's Rome Gateway, soon after the announcement of his appointment as Director of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir.  JJ will join the Notre Dame Folk Choir this July, after the performance of his final doctoral recital in Rome.…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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