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MSM Voice Student is Four-Time Winner

Author: Peter Jeffery

International student Carlos Cardenas, a voice major in the MSM program, has competed in four recent auditions, and come out on top each time: 

Encouragement Award Winner, Chicago District, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Honorable Mention Prize, Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, NYC, Lieder/Song Division…

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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez Gives a Presentation at Cambridge

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez took advantage of the Thanksgiving break to accept an invitation from the University of Cambridge. She gave a presentation and participated in a panel organized by Cambridge International Performance Studies Network at the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH)  with the topic "The Gendered Lectern: Performing Authority."  Professor Téllez was asked to present on the issues of gendered authority in the field of conducting. The session also included presentations by theologian and Anglican priest, Sarah Coakley, Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, and Dr. Victoria Bateman, in the faculty of Economics at Cambridge, among others. During the session, Professor Téllez was delighted to greet Notre Dame's alum in Italian Studies Thomas Graff, who is now completing a postgraduate studies at Cambridge, and who was one of the student co-creators in The Dante Project presented by Notre Dame Vocale with support from the Mellon Foundation.…

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Distinguished Conductor Joseph Flummerfelt Visits the Sacred Music Program.

Author: Matt Haines

The Graduate Conducting Studio of the Sacred Music Program receives the distinguished American conductor Joseph Flummerfelt to give a masterclass this Friday, December 1st. Maestro Flummerfelt's accomplishments are numerous, and feature recordings and performances as choral director and collaborator of some of the most important ensembles and conductors of our time, including Westminster Choir, New York Choral Artists, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim, among many others. He was named "Conductor of the Year 2004" by Musical America, 

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Fassler Gives Three Plenary Lectures This Fall

Author: Matt Haines

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This fall, Margot Fassler, Director of SMND, and the Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, was invited to give three keynote presentations. These formal presentations include her lecture “Within/Without: The Liturgical Voices of Women Religious in the Later Middle Ages,” for the Reichenau-Tagung des Konstanzer Arbeitskreises für mittelalterliche Geschichte. The following week, Fassler presented a keynote on the liturgical practices of the Augustinian canons of St. Victor in the twelfth century at “A Sacrifice of Praise:  Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life,” the 42nd Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance StudiesConference

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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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Alumni, Nicole Simental, Highlighted in The Columbus Dispatch

Author: Matt Haines

Alumni, Nicole Simental (MSM '13) was recently featured in The Columbus Dispatch for her new position as principal organist at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, OH. In the article, Nicole talks about being asked to substitute for her parish's organ player while she was a child. She immediately fell in love with the new position and role she played in the church. This calling pushed her to study organ and get her bachelors degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, masters from Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame, and is currently finishing her doctorate at Indiana University. …

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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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Music and the Middlebrow Conference

Author: Matt Haines

Chris Chowrimootoo (Assistant Professor of Musicology and Liberal Studies and Faculty Fellow in Sacred Music) will host a conference entitled "Music and the Middlebrow" at Notre Dame's London Global Gateway on 22-24 June 2017The event will feature over fifty speakers from all over the world, including Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) and Joan S. Rubin (University of Rochester) as the keynote speakers. For full registration details, program and abstracts, see: http://www.musicandthemiddlebrow.org/

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Music faculty member receives emerging artist award from Lincoln Center

Author: Carrie Gates

Kiera Duffy, associate professor of the practice in Notre Dame’s Department of Music, recently received the 2017 Hunt Family Award for Emerging Artists from New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The award honors the soprano’s outstanding artistry and promising future. “Lincoln Center has such meaning in my life — as it does for every classical musician. It is the cultural hub of North America,” she said. “So for Lincoln Center to honor what I’m doing is very humbling and a lovely validation.”

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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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Music history and liturgy professor elected president of Medieval Academy of America

Author: Tom Coyne

Margot E. Fassler, the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Notre Dame, will become president of the Medieval Academy of America in April. As head of the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies, Fassler hopes to focus attention on a historical era that she believes can provide better understanding of the political, environmental, and class problems currently facing the globe.

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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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