Additional Choral and Vocal Opportunities
The Campus Ministry Choirs are world-renowned for the quality of music they provide. Their vocal and instrumental praise of God is ministry at its finest, whether it involves leading liturgical music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart or singing for a group of residents at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless. Students of all ages, majors and musical experience are welcome to audition. A wide variety of choirs serve the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, including Liturgical Choir, Women's Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir, and Basilica Schola.
Notre Dame Chorale - Alexander Blachly, director
The concert choir of the University of Notre Dame, the Chorale is an ensemble of 60+ voices specializing in choral works from the Renaissance to the present. The Chorale performs a joint concert with the Notre Dame Chamber Orchestra twice each semester. In addition, the Chorale performs Handel's Messiah with the Chamber Orchestra in December to sold-out audiences.
Each year's events include a Fall Weekend Tour in October, a Fall Concert on campus in November, the December Messiah performances, a Winter Tour to distant cities in January, a Spring Weekend Tour in April, a Spring Concert on campus just after Spring Tour, a concert on Friday evening during Commencement Weekend, and participation in the Baccalaureate Mass during Commencement Weekend (Saturday, mid-May). Recent tours have taken the Chorale to various locations in Europe and the United States, including stops in France, Bavaria, Austria, Italy, and England.
Collegium Musicum - Daniel Stowe, director
The Collegium Musicum is a small vocal ensemble specializing in sacred and secular music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. It is open to all members of the Notre Dame community -- students, faculty, and staff. The Collegium Musicum regularly performs in the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall in the DeBartolog Performing Arts Center.
Schola Musicorum - Faculty coordinators: Alexander Blachly, Daniel Stowe, Calvin Bower (Professor emeritus)
The Schola Musicorum was formed in 1993 by members of the Department of Music to study and perform Gregorian Chant directly from medieval manuscripts. Seventeenth-century German composer Dieterich Buxtehude used the term Abend-Musique, coined by his predecessor, to refer to his late-afternoon recitals in the Marienkirche in Lübeck. The German-French name means literally "Evening-Music."
Each year the Schola Musicorum presents one concert in the fall and one concert in the spring in the Organ Hall within the Marie DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.
South Bend Chamber Singers - Nancy Menk, director
An ensemble-in-residence at Saint Mary's College, is in its 25th season this year. Over the past 20-plus years the Singers have presented major choral-orchestral works such as Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, B Minor Mass, and St. John Passion, Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Yet, the ensemble concentrates primarily on works by living composers and regularly commissions new works and unusual and complex arrangements.