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Margot Fassler Elected President of the Medieval Academy of America

Author: Matt Haines

The Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce the election of Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, as President of the Medieval Academy.

The Medieval Academy of America is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum, and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships. Professor Fassler's year-long term will culminate with her Presidential Address at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy on 2 March 2018 at Emory University. Additional duties and responsibilities include presiding at meetings of the Academy's Council, Executive Committee, and Corporation, and representing the Academy at home and abroad. She will also be responsible for appointing the Chair of the Nominating Committee and members of the selection committees for the Academy’s Haskins Medal and John Nicholas Brown Prize.…

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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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A Monumental Instrument: Murdy Organ

Author: Mark Doerries

Representing four years of dedicated labor, the Murdy Family Organ will be the 36-year-old studio’s most ambitious piece for any client.

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Stephen Lancaster wins American Prize in Vocal Performance

Author: Mark Doerries

Notre Dame Music and Sacred Music faculty member and head of the graduate studio in voice, Stephen Lancaster, was honored to be announced Winner of the 2016 American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song and oratorio, professional division).

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Book Launch and Concert in Düsseldorf

Author: Matt Haines

Book Launch Photo

In Düsseldorf, Germany this past week, a team of four scholars launched their book Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies Bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent (Aschendorff, 2016). Margot Fassler, the musicologist on the project, gave a public presentation with her colleagues at a performance by the Ars Choralis Coeln of works chosen from the liturgical manuscripts studied in the two-volume work. In addition, the scholars led a several-day workshop on art, music, theology, and liturgy among Dominicans in the later Middle Ages at the University of Düsseldorf. Photo: left to right, Susan Marti (Bernisches Historisches Museum); Margot Fassler (Notre Dame); Dirk Passmann (of Aschendorff Press); Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard); Eva Schlotheuber (University of Düsseldorf). …

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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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Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, has been elected an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society.

Author: Matt Haines

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(Photo Credit: Barbara Thompson)

Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, has been elected an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society

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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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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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​​​​​​​Fr. Jerome Weber: A Life in Discography

Author: Matt Haines

Father Weber

Fr. Jerome Weber: A Life in Discography is now streamed by SMND.  This short film by Christian Jara and Margot Fassler outlines the career of noted scholar Jerome Weber, who has transformed the study of how chant has sounded in recent decades through his detailed cataloging of the recorded evidence.  With his online database Chantdiscography.com

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Soprano Kiera Duffy: A New Faculty Member in the Graduate Voice Studio

Author: Matt Haines

Kiera Duffy

The Department of Music and the Program in Sacred Music were thrilled to announce last year the appointment of Kiera Duffy to the position of Associate Professor in the Practice, and SPF. Ms. Duffy will take up her new duties in January, 2017, teaching undergraduates in the Department and also joining Professor Stephen Lancaster, Head of the Graduate Studio, in her work with the Program in Sacred Music.  Professor Duffy visited the campus at the opening of the school year. It was wonderful to catch up with her and get some of her thoughts about her teaching and her career.  Here are a few quotations from our interview.…

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Diverse Paths to Full-Time Employment: Four Recent Graduates in Voice

Author: Matt Haines

Jessica Bush Working

Jessica Working

There are plenty of jobs in church music for organists; choral conductors have many posts to apply for in colleges and in universities, and especially if their keyboard skills are up, in churches too. But what about someone with an MSM in voice?  Of course, some of our graduates go right on to DMA’s and we’ll be hearing about them later as years go on. But some want to be out working right away, and here are the stories of four of these singing strivers, two from the class of 2015 (Caporizo and Dotterweich) and two from the class of 2016 (Bush and Noone). Their paths are very different, yet each is employed full time, and they use a variety of skills for the church, for teaching, and for the concert hall, providing a dazzling display of entrepreneurial energy.…

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