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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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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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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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Book Launch and Concert in Düsseldorf

Author: Matt Haines

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

Author: Matt Haines

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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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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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Margot Fassler and Peter Jeffery Speak at International Conference

Author: Matt Haines

Margot Fassler and Peter Jeffery were speakers at the international conference "The Poetics of Christian Performance: Prayer, Liturgy, and Their Environments in East and West." The conference was held on June 19-23, 2016 at the Edmond J. Safra Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

You can read about the conference here

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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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Margot Fassler Featured in Women Lead Article by Notre Dame

Author: Matt Haines

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Margot Fassler has been featured in the Women Lead article by Notre Dame on International Women Day this Tuesday, March 8th. In the article she talks about her professional accomplishments and personal triumphs that have lead her to her current position at Notre Dame, as well as the power of women in the liturgical world.…

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Peter Jeffery to Speak at the "Catholic Social Thought for the Idea of a University" Workshop

Author: Matt Haines

The Center for Social Concerns is hosting a discussion forum on implications of Catholic Social Thought for the idea of a University. If we were to run a University according to principles of Catholic Social Tradition (CST) what would that mean?

This question is, of course, also related to the discourse on the idea of a Catholic University, but goes further than that. The encyclical Laudato Si is addressed to “every person living on this planet,” hence the invitation to consider the values of Catholic Social Tradition is meant for all. But what does that mean?…

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti Awarded the H.Colin Slim Award

Author: Matt Haines

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti has been awarded the H.Colin Slim Award for his essay "Tartini and the Tongue of Saint Anthony".

“The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year (2015) in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career and who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.” (http://www.ams-net.org/awards/slim.php

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Sonic Hospitality: Music, Ritual and the New Irish - Guest Lecture Helen Phelan, PhD

Author: Matt Haines

Sonic Hospitality: Music, Ritual and the New Irish - Guest Lecture Helen Phelan, PhD

Thu Oct 2, 2014 5:30PM - 7:00PM Crowley 115

The ‘Celtic Tiger’ years in Ireland witnessed a dramatic shift in Irish migration patterns, including a significant growth in the numbers of asylum seekers from parts of the world not strongly represented in Ireland prior to this time. Among other manifestations of cultural expression, these groups formed new religious ritual communities based both within and outside of pre-existing church structures. This presentation is based on over a decade of ethnographic study from 2000 with new ritual communities in Limerick city, including the Russian Orthodox, the Nigerian Pentecostal and Congolese Catholic comunities. Using the musical repertoires of these communities as a point of departure, it explores the Derridean construct of ‘hospitality’, and interrogates the potential of music to act as an agent of sonic hospitality against the backdrop of the Irish citizen referendum of 2004. 

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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 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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Music historian and liturgical scholar wins international book prize

Author: Joanna Basile

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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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Music historian and liturgical scholar Margot Fassler wins three research awards

Author: Joanna Basile

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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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