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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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Music historian and liturgical scholar Margot Fassler wins three research awards

Author: Joanna Basile

Margot Fassler

Art. Sacred music. Medieval history. And the digital humanities. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Notre Dame, brings them all together in her current research on Hildegard of Bingen — research for which she has been recently awarded fellowships from both the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Adding to these accolades, Fassler, a professor in the Department of Theology who co-directs the Master of Sacred Music program in the College of Arts and Letters, on May 11 (Friday) received the 2012 Otto Gründler Book Prize for “The Virgin of Chartres: Making History Through Liturgy and the Arts” (Yale University Press, 2010).

“It seems that 2012 is my year,” Fassler says.

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Music historian and liturgical scholar wins international book prize

Author: Joanna Basile

Margot Fassler

Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy and co-director of the Master of Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame, has won the biennial ACE/Mercers’ International Book Award.

The award from Art and Christianity Enquiry (ACE) recognizes Fassler’s 2010 book “The Virgin of Chartres: Making History Through Liturgy and the Arts” as “an outstanding contribution to the dialogue between religious faith and the visual arts.”

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A conference on music 'that nurtures whole human persons'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Choir rehearsal for Masters of Sacred Music students

More than 100 musicians gathered last week on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for its inaugural Sacred Music Conference.

The conference, titled “James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross,” was organized by Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, and Carmen-Helena Téllez, professor of music at Notre Dame, to coincide with the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the patronal feast and 175th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Composers, conductors and scholars of sacred music came together to discuss, share and perform their work. Among them were the Scottish composer and conductor MacMillan, the former conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra who had composed the music for Pope Benedict’s 2010 visit to England.

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Inaugural Notre Dame conference features sacred music performances

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Choir rehearsal for Masters of Sacred Music students

The University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Sacred Music Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 13 through 15).

The conference will feature sacred music from the Renaissance to the present day and will bring together composers, scholars and conductors of sacred music to discuss, share and perform their work.

Several concert events are open to the public and free of charge.

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame receives Mellon Grant

Author: Joanna Basile

Sacred Music at Notre Dame

With a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame has announced the launch of the Sacred Music Drama Project, a four-year, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to engage people more deeply with the power of shared creativity, performance and scholarship.

The project will draw on humanistic, artistic and sacred topics from a variety of musical traditions to develop new coursework and to stage the production of a major dramatic performance each year. The Mellon grant will also bring both eminent and emerging guest artists to campus and will fund the commission of a new work of sacred music drama at the end of the project.

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Notre Dame launches Doctor of Musical Arts program

Author: Joanna Basile

Sacred Music at Notre Dame

Sacred music is foundational to many of the world’s artistic traditions, and this is especially so when it comes to Western music. It is also an artistic — and academic — area that continues to grow and develop.

To celebrate and promote this diverse art form, the University of Notre Dame is launching a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program with majors in organ and choral conducting, beginning in fall 2013.

“Given Notre Dame’s educational mission, its Catholic foundation and our recent investments in faculty who are recognized leaders in sacred music, the University is uniquely poised to develop young musicians to serve the Church and world,” says John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame receives $1.9 million Lilly Endowment grant

Author: Notre Dame News

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With the support of a Lilly Endowment grant of $1.9 million, Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) is poised to help congregations across the region renew worship practices and enliven musical expression to engage people more deeply, across the generations.

The grant will enable SMND to begin building creative partnerships between academia and communities of worship and to sponsor activities designed to teach sacred music to young people. A central project will be sending graduate students from Notre Dame’s newly founded Doctor of Musical Arts and its successful Master of Sacred Music programs into local churches to strengthen existing children’s choirs or establish new ones. Applications will be available by March 15 for churches interested in hosting an organist or choral conductor from Notre Dame for a period of two or three years.

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