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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Awarded $1.6 Million Lilly Endowment Grant

Author: Matt Haines

The University of Notre Dame has received a $1.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Sacred Music at Notre Dame 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

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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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Graduating Students Job & School Offers

Author: Matt Haines

Wright

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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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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New Campus Crossroads Building To Be Called O'Neill Hall

Author: Matt Haines

The University of Notre Dame received a $25 million gift from Helen Schwab and her husband, Charles, in honor of her brother Joe O’Neill. This gift is for the construction of the south building of the Campus Crossroads project attached to the football stadium. The newly named O'Neill Hall will be the home for the Department of Music and Sacred Music program. …

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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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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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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

Margot Headshot
(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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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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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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DMA Student, Justin Appel, Featured as Nanovic Institute's "Student Spotlight"

Author: Matt Haines

Appel

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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A New Movement for Sacred Music

Author: Matt Haines

Recently, Brendan O’Shaugnessy of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications was able to sit down with MSM alumni Jonathan Embry (organ) and Samantha Dotterweich (voice) to talk about their learning experience at Notre Dame and how it has impacted their current church musician job. Jonathan and Samantha each have their own approach to Sacred Music and how they pass on the experience unto others. Jonathan focuses the relationship of organ hymn playing to resonate with his church attendance while Samantha teaches the youth choirs at schools and future work with the Indianapolis Children's Choir.…

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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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Notre Dame Day A Success!

Author: Mark Doerries

Sacred Music at Notre Dame recently participated in the annual University-wide Notre Dame Day fundraising appeal on April 24-25, 2016. In addition to raising over $17,000 in funds, Sacred Music was the eighth highest recipient of contributions amongst over 850 organizations and the only academic unit in the top 10 fund recipients.…

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Notre Dame Vocale Receives Major Award from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music

Author: Matt Haines

Notre Dame Vocale, the research and special project ensemble of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, and its artistic director Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez just received news of the prestigious award by the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music.  Notre Dame Vocale joins some of the most prestigious professional and academic ensembles of the country who have been previous recipients of the award, including The Crossing of Philadelphia, directed by Donald Nally, Cantus of Minnesota and Dr. Téllez's former ensemble, NOTUS: the IU Contemporary Vocal  Ensemble, now directed by Dominick DiOrio.  In this grant cycle, Vocale is joined by Volti, the San Francisco new music ensemble. Dr. Téllez and Vocale have commissioned a cantata on Dante's Paradiso

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