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Prof. Carmen-Helena Téllez Conducts Anniversary Performance in New York City

Author: Matt Haines

Last October 23,  Professor of Conducting Carmen-Helena Téllez led a portrait concert in honor of the 80th birthday of American composer John Eaton. The concert included Mass II, a work professor Téllez has recorded with Aguavá New Music Studio, and El Divino Narciso, a cantata based on the allegorical poem by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.  The concert was produced by the American Composers Alliance in Symphony Space, in 

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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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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez Participates in Two Events Dedicated to Latin American Music

Author: Matt Haines

Professor of Conducting Carmen-Helena Téllez was invited to present a lecture at the American Choral Directors Associations biennial symposium on repertoire, last June 12, in Austin, Texas.  The symposium was dedicated to the analysis and impact of Latin American musical styles in world choral tradition and was attended by conductors from the whole continent, including representatives from Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, and several universities of the United States. Dr. Téllez discussed her work as Director of the Indiana University Latin American Music Center (1992-2012) and the Missa Brevis and the Stabat Mater by Mexican composer Mario Lavista, compositions she premiered and recorded before joining Notre Dame.  Soon after her return, on June 18 and 19, Dr. Tellez hosted at Notre Dame a colloquium of scholars, composers and producers to discuss the future of creative exchanges between musicians of the United States and Latin America. This colloquium was supported by the Global Midwest program of the Mellon Foundation, with administration by the University of Illinois and support of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame.

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Seeing Voices: On composing "Voices of Light" with the film 'The Passion of Joan of Arc'

Author: Matt Haines

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Richard Einhorn will discuss how he conceptualized his oratorio with silent film, Voices of Light, his encounter with the great silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T Dreyer, the decisions he made to choose texts from sacred and devotional poetry, how they were edited and sequenced into a libretto, and how he conceived and composed the music. Richard Einhorn will also describe the history of the project, from its premiere in the middle of a Massachusetts blizzard to best-selling Sony Classical album and 250 performances in major venues around the world. …

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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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Alexander Blachly Pomerium Ensemble Performs for Yale University Institute for Sacred Music

Author: Matt Haines

Alexander Blachly's professional ensemble Pomerium presented a concert of sacred polyphony for the Imperial diets in Augsburg of 1518, 1530, and 1548 at Vassar College on September 21 and in Marquand Chapel of Yale University's Institute for Sacred Music on September 27. Included in the program were large-scale Masses and motets by Henricus Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, Nicolas Gombert, and Thomas Crecquillon. This program will be presented again in New York on January 25, 2015, at Music Before 1800.…

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J.J. Wright, D.M.A. in Conducting, to Release Debut Jazz Record "Inward Looking Outward" on Ropeadope Records

Author: Matt Haines

Pianist J.J. Wright's style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improviser at the New School For Jazz in New York City, he's also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just some of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President as well as at several high-profile diplomatic gigs. He also performed and recorded with vibraphonist Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro BopAlliance, whose album was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. Inward Looking Outward, Wright’s recording debut as a leader, features six original compositions and covers of music by Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens and Phil Collins. Drummer Nate Wood and bassist Ike Sturm join the pianist on the album which is replete with music resonating with a modern jazz sensibility interpreted with his unique feeling of touch and timbre.

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Notre Dame's Sacred Music Does Chicago!

Author: Matt Haines

Notre Dame Sacred Music does Chicago!  The piece we sang at Saint Clement on the afternoon of May 12 at 5:30 is a participatory Vespers service, one of the most ancient of Christian traditions.  The style is that of chanted psalms, but adapted into English, and for the idiom of jazz.  Thus we combine the traditional and the modern, and through this artistically well-informed blending, have created something truly new.  This service proudly highlighted many distinctive features of our Sacred Music program at Notre Dame.  It is the composition of choral conducting student J.J. Wright, who performed it here with his jazz trio including Chicago musicians Matt Ulery on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums. Also featured in the service was the Notre Dame Children's Choir, Dr. Mark Doerries, Director.  Joining the children was cantor Benjamin Liupaogo, a master's degree voice student, and other members of our graduate program, singers, conductors, and organists, one of whom, Kevin Vaughn, offered  a short organ prelude before the singing began.  The joy of joining the children's voices with the practiced voices of the graduate musicians was very special, and something truly unique to our program.…

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Carmen-Helena Téllez Directs "From Here to There"

Author: Matt Haines

Last April 24 through 26, at the Bridgeport Arts Center, Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez directed the music for "From Here to There," in the inaugural production of NON:op, an integrated arts collective in Chicago.  The interdisciplinary work encompassed installation art, video, photographs, dance, and both acoustic music by Chris Preissing and electroacoustic music by Greg O'Dobrinak.  As part of the event, Professor Tellez premiered her own suite for chamber vocal ensemble  on the poetry of Venezuelan writer Luisa Valeriano.…

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Notre Dame Children's Choir and The J.J. Wright Trio To Perform Two Special Vesper Services

Author: Matt Haines

Notre Dame's Program in Sacred Music supports two graduate degrees: the Master of Sacred Music in organ, choral conducting, and voice; and the Doctorate of Musical Arts, in organ and in choral conducting.  Our program prides itself in the close personal attention from our masterful faculty given to each of our very talented students, as they prepare for careers in the church, the academy, and the public sector.  Through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, we have been able to start the Notre Dame Children's Choir this year, a choir for the training of our graduate students and the teaching of music to local children, flourishing under the superb leadership of Dr. Mark Doerries.

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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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Notre Dame Vocale and Third Coast Percussion perform Reich's "Proverb"

Author: Matt Haines

The simplest of ideas lead to extraordinary musical statements in a program featuring the world premiere of a new work by Timothy Andres entitled Austerity Measures. Andres describes his new work as a "string quartet for percussion." Notre Dame faculty member Carmen-Helena Téllez and the vocalists from the Sacred Music Program join Third Coast for a performance of Steve Reich's iconic 

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Professor of Music Carmen-Helena Téllez Invited To Give A TEDx Talk

Author: Matt Haines

Professor of Conducting and Associate Director for Performance and Events of the Sacred Music Program at Notre Dame Tellez has been selected among dozens of proposals for the TEDxUND events scheduled for January 21, 2014.  She will lecture on "Rituals, Perceptions and the Music in your Mind". For more information on the TED Talks and TEDxUND, click here

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame receives Mellon Grant

Author: Joanna Basile

Sacred Music at Notre Dame

With a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame has announced the launch of the Sacred Music Drama Project, a four-year, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to engage people more deeply with the power of shared creativity, performance and scholarship.

The project will draw on humanistic, artistic and sacred topics from a variety of musical traditions to develop new coursework and to stage the production of a major dramatic performance each year. The Mellon grant will also bring both eminent and emerging guest artists to campus and will fund the commission of a new work of sacred music drama at the end of the project.

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Notre Dame launches Doctor of Musical Arts program

Author: Joanna Basile

Sacred Music at Notre Dame

Sacred music is foundational to many of the world’s artistic traditions, and this is especially so when it comes to Western music. It is also an artistic — and academic — area that continues to grow and develop.

To celebrate and promote this diverse art form, the University of Notre Dame is launching a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program with majors in organ and choral conducting, beginning in fall 2013.

“Given Notre Dame’s educational mission, its Catholic foundation and our recent investments in faculty who are recognized leaders in sacred music, the University is uniquely poised to develop young musicians to serve the Church and world,” says John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame receives $1.9 million Lilly Endowment grant

Author: Notre Dame News

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With the support of a Lilly Endowment grant of $1.9 million, Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) is poised to help congregations across the region renew worship practices and enliven musical expression to engage people more deeply, across the generations.

The grant will enable SMND to begin building creative partnerships between academia and communities of worship and to sponsor activities designed to teach sacred music to young people. A central project will be sending graduate students from Notre Dame’s newly founded Doctor of Musical Arts and its successful Master of Sacred Music programs into local churches to strengthen existing children’s choirs or establish new ones. Applications will be available by March 15 for churches interested in hosting an organist or choral conductor from Notre Dame for a period of two or three years.

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