Alumni

Investigate the jobs (blue) and additional degrees (red) our students attain upon graduation. We have a 100% placement rate! Click the map to zoom in and explore.

 

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2008 Graduate:  Jonathan Wessler, Assistant Organist
St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square and Saint Paul's Choir School

Notre Dame's Master of Sacred Music degree prepared me well for my current position as Assistant Organist at St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square and St. Paul's Choir School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The musical and liturgical education I received at Notre Dame has proven to be invaluable in my work. St. Paul's specializes in the finest sacred music the Church has produced throughout her history, and the courses in music history, liturgy, and sacramental theology in the MSM program provided me with a solid understanding of this tradition. Notre Dame's offerings in this realm are simply outstanding and second to none.

 

2011 Choral Conducting Graduate:   Brad Todorovich, Director of Music / Organist
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Elkhart, IN

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As a Master's student at Notre Dame, I prepared for a career as a sacred musician through intensive study and practical applications.  Scholarly study of the liturgy enabled my work as pastoral minister to be constantly viewed through the lens of the sacred liturgical tradition, with constant attention to the deep symbolism and meaning of the Catholic Mass.  Courses on a variety of topics in sacred music exposed me to the entire treasury of sacred music and continues to help me incorporate a wide variety of styles into my current multicultural parish community.  Applied lessons in voice, organ, and conducting were important in helping to keep my skills as a musician finely-honed.  Lastly, my supervised placement effectively launched my career - it began my experience in the field and introduced me to the contacts that enabled me to find full-time employment before graduation.

2012 Organ Graduate:   Priscilla Weaver

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame was many things to me: a life of intellectual and musical growth (both individual and collaborative), close community, and frequent worship. It nurtured me both professionally and personally, and left me with a group of colleagues, mentors, and friends with whom I stay in frequent contact.  At Notre Dame, I was able to expand my knowledge of Christian worship and my competency in various traditions of sacred music, through academic study (courses like Liturgical History and the Liturgical Year), performance study (organ and voice), practical study (Group Vocal Technique classes), and the in-between (Gregorian Chant, Hymnology, etc.).  Though we were all kept busy by the aforementioned coursework and practicing, as well as supervised placements at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and, in my case, at a Presbyterian church, we still found time for impromptu gatherings, whether to cheer on the football team, learn fa-so-la for an evening of shape-note singing, or plan an end-of-the-year gala.  Having completed one semester of my doctoral program and successfully transitioned into new church work with more responsibilities, I can confidently say that my Notre Dame MSM prepared me extremely well. I look forward to seeing where the sacred music program goes next.  Go Irish!

Priscilla is currently a doctoral student in organ at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she is an Associate Instructor of Piano.  She also serves as Organist and Choir Director at First Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN.

 

2011 Voice and Choral Conducting Graduate: Molly Mattingly
House Director, House of Brigid Inc., Clonard, Co. Wexford, Ireland

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If I had to describe the MSM program at Notre Dame in three words, they would be theology, musicianship, and community. I came to Notre Dame as a piano music education major from a secular college with a strong, active Newman Center. The MSM program deepened my knowledge of liturgical and sacramental theology, both through classes with great professors and through the many liturgies all over campus. I was able to hone my skills on the organ, in vocal performance, in choral conducting, and in music history, all with fantastic professors. The opportunity to study so many facets of liturgical music is one of the biggest strengths of the program - my experiences there have certainly made me a more well-rounded liturgical musician! I gained practical experience in many areas through my placement as an Assistant Rector (AR) in one of the female dorms. In this role, I not only recruited and worked with volunteer musicians, but also supervised the liturgy committee, organized retreats, and provided prayer opportunities outside of Mass for the dorm residents. My other duties as an AR afforded me close contact with members of my "parish"  at the times they most needed help, like when a family member passed away or a friend suffered from depression. I learned what it means to be present to your community. My membership in the Notre Dame Folk Choir, while outside my placement, instilled in me the importance of praying together as a community. The MSM students formed a close-knit group as well - I met many of my close friends through the MSM program. Everything I learned through the MSM program has helped me in my current role in a Christian lay community in Ireland and will, I am certain, continue to inform my work in music ministry.

2008 Graduate: Christopher S. Ahlman
Strategic Mission Developer, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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My time of study in the Master of Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame stands as one of the most vibrant periods of intellectual and artistic activity for me thus far. The opportunity to participate in and contribute to a rigorous program of interdisciplinary study that combines intellectual breadth, artistic pursuit, critical reflection, and exceptional reward was, for me, one that far surpassed the already high expectations I held prior to entering the program. The comprehensive aptitude instilled in me suited me well for high-level doctoral study. I always stand grateful for my entire experience at Notre Dame, and how it prepared me not only for further study, an advanced skill level, and a career, but also for the opportunities and challenges of life.

 

2007 Graduate: Nathan LeMahieu
Campus Pastor, Christ Church Highland Park

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Having recently returned to campus for the first time since completing the MSM program, I was reminded of how cherished my years at Notre Dame had become.  I am especially grateful for the wide range of musical and liturgical experiences encountered in such a relatively short period of time.  In particular: a first-rate concert hall and organ, a tour of the Netherlands, visits by prominent musicians from around the world, Holy Week with the Liturgical Choir, and a diverse faculty whose books are quite literally within an arm's length of my desk when writing this!  It was an honor for me to be on the ground floor of a graduate program that will continue grow and flourish for many years.

2015 Graduate: Jamie Caporizo

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Asst. Director of Music and Liturgy, Sisters of the Holy Cross

Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Jamie will serve as the Assistant Director of Music and Liturgy for the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Inc. in Notre Dame, IN.  In this position, Jamie will dedicate her time to rehearsing the choir, preparing liturgies, and assisting with other tasks revolving around the worship of this vibrant community. Later this year, Jamie intends to travel for her music education ministry in Brazil, where she co-directs a two week choral music program for local children.  In addition to these educational and ministerial endeavors, Jamie will continue performing as a vocalist- giving recitals and seeking concert opportunities locally.  

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2015 Graduate: Benjamin Liupaogo
 
Graduate Performance Certificate in Opera Candidate 2015-2017, DePaul 
 
University School of Music Chicago, IL
 
Benjamin Liupaogo is an active performer, employing both a versatile lyric tenor voice and an elegant touch as a collaborative pianist to captivate audiences. On the operatic stage, Benjamin has performed multiple roles with various companies. Among them are performances of Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Candide in Berstein's Candide, Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Monastatos in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Nerone (cover) in Montiverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea, Herr Vogelsang in Mozart's The Impresario, Smetana's Ringmaster in The Bartered Bride, Prince in Cinderella (outreach program), Nemorino (cover) in Donizetti's L’elisir D’amore, and Yakuside in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. He has also performed regularly as a concert soloist with Sacred Music of Notre Dame Vocale, Notre Dame Chorale, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, and the Chicago Bar Association. His concert appearances include Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, CPE Bach Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C. In the spring of 2014, Ben sang the tenor solo for Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn in accordance with the iconic film The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T. Dreyer. This interdisciplinary project, I Was Born For This was led by Artistic Director Carmen-Helena Téllez.
 
As a collaborative pianist, Benjamin has performed with singers, instrumentalist, choral ensembles, and chamber ensembles. He also has worked in musical theatre productions and opera productions in the role of music director, répétiteur, and collaborative pianist. In 2006-2010, he worked as a staff pianist/répétiteur for San Francisco State University School of Music and Dance. From 2010-2013, he worked as a collaborative artist and répétiteur for Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University) and DePaul University. At University of Notre Dame, he was active as a music director, assistant music director and collaborative pianist with Opera Notre Dame, PEMCO Musical Theatre Productions, Sacred Music at Notre Dame, and Notre Dame Children’s Choir. February 21, 2015 Benjamin debuted a performance on the fortepiano in a Duo recital of German Lieder. He studied fortepiano with Darlene Catello and coached German Lieder with Susan Youens.
 
The San Francisco native holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Francisco State University and Master of Music Voice Performance from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts and a Master of Sacred Music from University of Notre Dame. He is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Certificate in Opera at DePaul University Chicago.