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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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Graduating Students Job & School Offers

Author: Matt Haines

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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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Notre Dame Vocale Invited to be Part of Prestigious Commissioning Consortium

Author: Matt Haines

The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music has invited Professor Carmen Helena Téllez and Notre Dame Vocale to join a consortium of some of the most important professional choirs in the country, to co-commission a new work of choral music from composer Greg Spears. In 2015, the Ann Stookey Fund awarded Notre Dame Vocale a grant to assist in the commission and performance of Robert Kyr's oratorio Paradiso,

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

Author: Matt Haines

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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

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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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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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Jessica Bush Accepts Director of Music & Liturgy Position at Christ the King Catholic Church

Author: Matt Haines

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Congratulations to 2nd-year MSM Jessica Bush, who recently accepted a full-time position as Director of Music and Liturgy at Christ the King Catholic Church in South Bend. Jessica is excited to use her training at Notre Dame and Ball State to deepen prayer in the community and and develop the music ministry at this parish, which will include developing choirs, training cantors, and directing a children's choir. She feels that she has a calling to serve the church with her musical skills and knowledge, and is thankful for all of her mentors and supporters.…

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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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Job Posting: Voice Position, Department of Music, University of Notre Dame

Author: Matt Haines

Voice Position, Department of Music, University of Notre Dame
 

The University of Notre Dame, Department of Music is conducting a faculty search for the position of Professor of the Practice (open rank, non-tenure track, full-time regular faculty), for a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto voice, the position beginning August 2016. The successful candidate will be an exceptional artist (with an active performing life beyond the campus) and pedagogue with a thorough knowledge of opera, oratorio, art song, and concert literature. The Music Department is part of the College of Arts and Letters, and successful candidates will have the skills and desire to incorporate performance and teaching into a liberal arts context and also to contribute to the Program of Sacred Music and the Graduate Studio in Voice. Candidates at various stages in their careers are encouraged to apply, and we welcome minorities and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity; Notre Dame is an EEO/AA employer. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2015

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Stephen Lancaster & Daniel Schlosberg to Perform WFMT/Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert on August 19th

Author: Matt Haines

On Wednesday, August 19, at 12:15pm CST, expert pianist Daniel Schlosberg & Stephen Lancaster will perform a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert song recital, including works by Gounod, Schumann, Brubacher & Ravel.

You may attend the recital at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center

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Stephen Lancaster Releases "Le Menu des Mélodies" CD

Author: Matt Haines

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Stephen Lancaster’s CD “Le Menu des Mélodies" has just been released. With Martin Katz, piano, this French art song Centaur release includes commissioned songs by Canadian composer J. Scott Brubacher. 

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Seeing Voices: On composing "Voices of Light" with the film 'The Passion of Joan of Arc'

Author: Matt Haines

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Richard Einhorn will discuss how he conceptualized his oratorio with silent film, Voices of Light, his encounter with the great silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T Dreyer, the decisions he made to choose texts from sacred and devotional poetry, how they were edited and sequenced into a libretto, and how he conceived and composed the music. Richard Einhorn will also describe the history of the project, from its premiere in the middle of a Massachusetts blizzard to best-selling Sony Classical album and 250 performances in major venues around the world. …

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Alexander Blachly Pomerium Ensemble Performs for Yale University Institute for Sacred Music

Author: Matt Haines

Alexander Blachly's professional ensemble Pomerium presented a concert of sacred polyphony for the Imperial diets in Augsburg of 1518, 1530, and 1548 at Vassar College on September 21 and in Marquand Chapel of Yale University's Institute for Sacred Music on September 27. Included in the program were large-scale Masses and motets by Henricus Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, Nicolas Gombert, and Thomas Crecquillon. This program will be presented again in New York on January 25, 2015, at Music Before 1800.…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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