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Conducting Studio Student Job Placements

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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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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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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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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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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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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Jessica Bush Accepts Director of Music & Liturgy Position at Christ the King Catholic Church

Author: Matt Haines

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Congratulations to 2nd-year MSM Jessica Bush, who recently accepted a full-time position as Director of Music and Liturgy at Christ the King Catholic Church in South Bend. Jessica is excited to use her training at Notre Dame and Ball State to deepen prayer in the community and and develop the music ministry at this parish, which will include developing choirs, training cantors, and directing a children's choir. She feels that she has a calling to serve the church with her musical skills and knowledge, and is thankful for all of her mentors and supporters.…

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Kevin Vaughn wins 2015 Organ Scholar Auditions

Author: Matt Haines

On Saturday, February 7, five student organists from major universities around the Midwest competed in the annual Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Auditions in Evanston, Illinois. Each contestant was personally nominated by their organ or church music professor and performed a major work of J. S. Bach, another contrasting piece, and a hymn. Kevin Vaughn, a second-year student in the DMA program at Notre Dame studying with Professor Craig Cramer, played Bach’s 

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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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Chris Dekker, D.M.A. Organ, Wins Prestigious Sacred Music Scholarship

Author: Matt Haines

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"Second year doctoral student Christopher Dekkerhas been awarded a scholarship from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMWA).  Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any denomination intending to pursue a career in sacred music, the award was given to the candidate showing the greatest potential for outstanding promise of future impact in the field, as exemplified by their current work and schooling.  This news will be featured in an article

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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 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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Notre Dame Announce Campus Crossroads Project, New Music Building

Author: Matt Haines

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The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday the largest building project in its 172-year history, integrating the academy, student life and athletics with the construction of more than 750,000 square feet in three new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the University’s iconic football stadium, at a projected cost of $400 million.…

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Congratulations Kevin Vaughn - DMA Organ student

Author: Janet Rudasics

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Kevin Vaughn, a first-year DMA student in Organ at Notre Dame, has advanced to the semi-final round of the National Young Organists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  Mr. Vaughn was chosen to be one of seven semi-finalists who will compete in Atlanta, Georgia in May.  Mr. Vaughn was selected as one of nineteen original competitors and subsequently submitted a recording of the required repertoire for the first round of the competition.…

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