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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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"A Catholic University is a Refuge of Hospitality", an Article by Peter Jeffery

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Peter Jeffery was featured in Notre Dame's newspaper, The Observer, where he wrote on the importance of Notre Dame keeping the Catholic faith while providing an edcuation and reserach opportunities for students. 

"Fr. Hesburgh used to point out that many American colleges were founded by religious denominations but have lost their religious affiliation over time. Notre Dame strives to maintain its Catholic identity, convinced that a Catholic university can also be a great university. Many of our students come here looking for a strong Catholic education, including some who feel their pre-college Catholic formation was not all it should have been.…

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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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Stephen Lancaster & Daniel Schlosberg to Perform WFMT/Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert on August 19th

Author: Matt Haines

On Wednesday, August 19, at 12:15pm CST, expert pianist Daniel Schlosberg & Stephen Lancaster will perform a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert song recital, including works by Gounod, Schumann, Brubacher & Ravel.

You may attend the recital at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center

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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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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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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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Sonic Hospitality: Music, Ritual and the New Irish - Guest Lecture Helen Phelan, PhD

Author: Matt Haines

Sonic Hospitality: Music, Ritual and the New Irish - Guest Lecture Helen Phelan, PhD

Thu Oct 2, 2014 5:30PM - 7:00PM Crowley 115

The ‘Celtic Tiger’ years in Ireland witnessed a dramatic shift in Irish migration patterns, including a significant growth in the numbers of asylum seekers from parts of the world not strongly represented in Ireland prior to this time. Among other manifestations of cultural expression, these groups formed new religious ritual communities based both within and outside of pre-existing church structures. This presentation is based on over a decade of ethnographic study from 2000 with new ritual communities in Limerick city, including the Russian Orthodox, the Nigerian Pentecostal and Congolese Catholic comunities. Using the musical repertoires of these communities as a point of departure, it explores the Derridean construct of ‘hospitality’, and interrogates the potential of music to act as an agent of sonic hospitality against the backdrop of the Irish citizen referendum of 2004. 

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FEATURED PERFORMER: CRAIG CRAMER at THE AGO

Author: Matt Haines

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In Boston on June 24 at Old South Church, members of the American Guild of Organists swarmed to hear a recital by a featured performer at the Guild's National Meeting: Notre Dame's Professor of Organ, Dr. Craig Cramer.  Cramer, known as a specialist in baroque repertory and a master of the mechanical-action organ, was about to play the 1921 Skinner organ, an instrument that has been much restored, and that once served for the Ordway Civic Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.   It has 115 ranks and 7,625 pipes, and people were curious to see what Cramer would make of his assigned partner.

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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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Nick Mourlam Shows Off Temple Organ

Author: Matt Haines

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"Sunday, at the Community of Christ Temple, in Independence, MO, Nick Mourlam rattled the timbers and tested ears for the softest, highest, loudest and lowest sounds that the mighty Temple organ can produce. An organ performance graduate of the University of Kansas and pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree at the University of Notre Dame; he is planning auditions to pursue a doctorate, directly after graduation..."…

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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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Stephen Lancaster Wins Regional NATSAA Award

Author: Matt Haines

Stephen Lancaster has won the NATSAA (National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards) Central Region competition, which took place this past Saturday at Webster University in St. Louis. This means that Stephen will go on to represent the region and compete in the national semi-final competition in Boston during the the NATS convention in July.…

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