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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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Carmen-Helena Tellez Invited To Give Lecture For Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music Musicology Colloquium Series

Author: Matt Haines

Sacred Music professor, Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez has been invited to give a lecture for Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music Musicology Colloquium Series on "Latin American Choral Music in the Postmodern Imagination."  The talk is scheduled for March 6, 2014.

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez's TEDx talk on "Rituals, Perceptions and the Music of your Mind" is now available on TEDx 

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Margot Fassler Awarded 2013-2014 Faculty Research Support Regular Grant

Author: Matt Haines

The Faculty Research Support Regular Grant Program provides funds to support outstanding research, scholarship, or creative expression that will make a major contribution in any field of study. Projects should lead to a significant outcome during the period of the award, and thus, the FRSP Regular Grant competition should not be viewed as a seed funding opportunity for the generation of preliminary results. Grants up to $100,000 of total funding over three years are available through this program.

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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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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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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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Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaborations

Author: Matt Haines

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Peter Jeffery (Department of Music, Sacred Music at Notre Dame) and colleagues – The Musical Traditions of Eastern Christianity: Protection and Preservation in the Contemporary World

In its inaugural cycle, the GCI grant competition elicited strong faculty interest across campus. Twenty-four proposals were submitted from researchers representing more than 15 departments in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science, as well as the School of Architecture.…

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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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Professor Téllez - recent travels

Author: Jeff Cooper

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez attended the Charleston, SC Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She made a presentation at the Score Study panel, Thursday, October 31.

As part of her research on new forms of music drama, Professor Téllez recently conducted the Pocket Opera Players in the premiere of two new operas in New York City, October 10-12: The Death of Webern

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Historian-Cantors discuss Cantor-Historians

Author: Jeff Cooper

Members of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, both faculty and students, joined with other scholars from the USA and Canada to travel to Notre Dame’s London Center over fall break. In this magnificent location, we hosted a symposium welcoming a group of faculty from Universities throughout the UK and some graduate students as well.

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Music Professor Wins International Singing Competition

Author: Peter Jeffery

Now we know how to get to Carnegie Hall!

On April 1, 2013, Stephen Lancaster, assistant professional specialist in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Music, was named the male winner at the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. Held annually in New York City at Carnegie Hall, the competition is sponsored by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and the New York Opera Studio. By an audience vote, Lancaster was also declared the “favorite” among all the competitors.…

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