SMND Choral Ensembles

Join one of the Sacred Music at Notre Dame Choral Ensembles
Contact sacredmusic@nd.edu for more information. 

Students in the Sacred Music Graduate Programs (MSM and DMA)
Overview:

  • MSM and DMA Conductors sing in Concordia and Repertory Choir all semesters of study
  • MSM Vocalists sing in Concordia all semesters of study as part of their assistantship; MSM Vocalists may also join Repertory Choir for academic credit to fulfill an elective credit 
  • MSM and DMA Organists may join Concordia with a brief audition; MSM and DMA Organists my register for Repertory Choir for academic credit to fulfill an elective credit

Students should consult with their faculty advisors about their specific ensemble participation. 

All other students at Notre Dame

  • Would you like to perform great sacred music under the batons of skilled graduate conductors?
  • Would you like to be paid or get academic credit for this work?

Sacred Music at Notre Dame will hold auditions for the Program's Concordia Choir (rehearses Friday 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm, with some weekend performances) & Repertory Choir (rehearses T-Th 12:30-1:45).  If you are a skilled chorister with excellent sight-reading skills you should audition for one (or both) of these choirs; see below for registration and audition information.  

Repertory Choir & Choral Scholars: Conductor's Training Ensemble

The Repertory Choir is an auditioned vocal ensemble conducted by graduate students in the Program in Sacred Music. The choir is open to Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students from other programs, and singers from the wider Notre Dame community. Repertory Choir meets as a regularly scheduled ensemble on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45pm throughout the academic year. It is directed by choral conducting graduate students from Sacred Music at Notre Dame and is led by Dr. Mark Doerries. The chorus explores masterpieces of the sacred music repertoire and the techniques for singing and conducting this music. Students taking this chorus for credit are graded on attendance and participation. To request more information or an audition, email: sacredmusic@nd.edu

Absence Request Form

Choral Scholars

The Sacred Music Choral Scholars is an auditioned ensemble of graduate and undergraduate Notre Dame singers who perform with conducting students in the Sacred Music Repertory Choir. 

  • The choir meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45pm and is open to all vocalists and instrumentalists, music majors and non-music majors.  
  • Students who participate in the Choir may either take the class for credit or for payment ($500/semester, $1000 for the year). 

Students new to the Repertory Choir must schedule a short audition to determine voice type and sight-reading facility.  Please send an email to sacredmusic@nd.edu to schedule your audition.


Students who have been in the Repertory Choir before, need not re-audition. Please email sacredmusic@nd.edu to secure your space.

Absence Request Form

Concordia: A Graduate Recital Choir at the University of Notre Dame

Concordia is an auditioned vocal ensemble conducted by graduate students in the Program in Sacred Music, featuring singers/soloists from the graduate vocal studio of Stephan Lancaster and Kiera Duffy. The choir is also open to Notre Dame undergraduates and graduates from other programs, and singers from the wider Notre Dame community by audition. It serves exclusively to prepare the recitals of advanced MSM and DMA students in the graduate studios of Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez and Mark Doerries and meets as a regularly scheduled ensemble for credit. All singers take part in the dress rehearsals and concerts. There are up to four concerts per semester, which typically take place on Sundays within the concert series of Sacred Music at Notre Dame. The choir meets twice a week on Friday from 10:00-11:30am and 3:00pm to 5:30pm, usually with dress rehearsals from 10 am to 1pm on the Saturday before each of the Sunday performances. Paid positions are available. Concordia gives conductors and singers in the program unique opportunities to perform at the highest levels of musical artistry.

Absence Request Form

Notre Dame Children's Choir, Sacred Music Academy, & Lay Clerk Auditions

The Sacred Music Academy is the home of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, the Children’s Organ Training Program, the Parish Music Program, and summer music programs for children, music directors, and pastors. The Notre Dame Children's Choir educates over 300 singers in 12 choirs each week including ensembles for African-American music, singers with mixed abilities, and a liturgical choir of child and adult choristers formed in the English cathedral tradition. These ensembles tour, record, and commission music annually; their first album, O Emmanuel, ranked #1 on Billboard's Chart of Traditional Classical Music for seven weeks, and their third album, Arturo Sandoval's Christmas at Notre Dame, debuted at #2 on Billboard's Chart of Jazz Music. The program also teaches 35 children piano and organ lessons each week. All musical instruction is provided at no charge to families.

The choirs have worked with conductors from around the world including directors from Leeds Cathedral, UK; Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool, UK; East Anglia Cathedral, UK; the Madeleine Choir School, Salt Lake City, UT; the Indianapolis Children's Choir; the Chicago Children's Choir; the College of New Jersey, and Indiana University Bloomington. They have tour through England and from New York City to Los Angles, have performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Meyerson Symphony Center, and performed for the National Pastoral Musicians' Conference, Hymn Society of the UNited States and Canada, the Organ Historical Society, the Indiana Music Educators' Association, and TEDx. 

Lay Clerk Auditions

The NDCC Liturgical Choir hires adult singers to serve as Lay Clerks that alongside child sopranos for mass and vespers at the Notre Dame Basilica and Saint Mary's College Church of Our Lady of Loretto. This ensemble meets on Mondays from 3:45-6:00pm throughout the academic year.

To join, request audition by email: sacredmusicacademy@nd.edu.

For more information about performances or to join the NDCC, visit the Sacred Music Academy website.

Notre Dame Vocale

Created in 2013, the Notre Dame Vocale is an advanced vocal ensemble that specializes in sacred music drama and interdisciplinary performance led by Artistic Director and Professor of Music Carmen-Helena Téllez.Vocale  served as the vocal ensemble for the 2016 interdisciplinary music drama Journeying La Divina Commedia, with a cantata by Robert Kyr on a libretto by Robin Kirkpatrick based on Dante’s Divina Commedia.

The Notre Dame Vocale's first performance was at the inaugural concert of the Sacred Music Festival of Quito, Ecuador, in March 2013. It was a featured ensemble of the Princeton Festival in June 2016. Recent and salient projects of Notre Dame Vocale include a performance as the chamber chorus and solo ensembles in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with baritone Nathan Gunn and a performance of Steve Reich's Proverb with Third Coast Percussion. The Notre Dame Vocale also premiered three commissioned works by composers Sven-David Sandstrom, Cary Boyce, and Gabriela Lena Frank, alongside works by its members Justin Appel, Caleb Wenzel and JJ Wright, for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit the Notre Dame Vocale website