Current Students

2018 - 2019 Sacred Music Students

Fatima Anyekema (MSM Voice '20)

Emily Bird (MSM Voice '20)

Joshua Boggs (DMA Choral Conducting '19) is a third-year conductor and countertenor. He holds degrees in Conducting and Voice from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio Wesleyan University, respectively. Josh particularly enjoys performing early music and new works, whether it be as soloist, chorister or conductor. Beginning Fall ‘18, he will serve a one-year appointment as Instructor of Choral Music at Goshen College. Outside of music, Josh enjoys basketball, trying new cuisines, and contemporary art.

Nolan Carter (MSM Voice '19)

Howard Eckdahl (DMA Choral Conducting '21)

James Goldrick (MSM Choral Conducting '20)

Myles Hayden (MSM Organ '19) is currently going into his 2nd year of his Master of Sacred Music degree at the Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his studies at Notre Dame, he is an intern organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Recently in 2017, he graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s in sacred music with the distinction of Magnum cum Laude under the study of Dr. Lorraine Brugh and was a member of Christ College, the honors college. At Valparaiso, he was the recipient of the Signature Artist Scholarship, the highest music scholarship possible, and performed multiple times at the Chapel of the Resurrection, the largest collegiate chapel in the United States. During his collegiate career at Valparaiso he held multiple positions at the chapel including Chapel Music Coordinator, Matins Organist, Matins Choir Director, Handbell Director, and Candlelight pianist/coordinator. He was also the student conductor of the Kantorei, the chapel’s choir, and was organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowell, IN. He has substituted at multiple churches including Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fort Lauderdale, FL), home to the 178 rank Ruffatti Organ made famous by the organist Diane Bish. He has also performed numerous recitals throughout the Chicagoland area including Valparaiso University (103 rank Schlicker Organ), Methodist Temple Church in Chicago, IL (64 rank Skinner), Augustana Lutheran Church in Hobart, IN, Our Reedemer Lutheran Church in South Bend, IN (15 rank Wilhelm) and the University of Notre Dame (Paul Fritts 35 stops).

Brandon Hollihan (DMA Choral Conducting '20) is currently a doctoral student in choral conducting in the Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame.  Prior to this he was a high school vocal music teacher and the music director for Northwest United Methodist Church, living in Columbus, Ohio.  Brandon has dual Master’s degrees in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s in voice from Notre Dame.  In the summer of 2018, he participated in the Scholar program with the Chorus America Conducting Academy in southern California, and was also a conducting fellow in the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop in Connecticut.  Major works recently conducted include Bach’s BWV 80, “Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott” (2017), Haydn’s The Creation (2017), and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (2016).

Alyse Jamieson (MSM Voice '19) is from Oregon, where she attended The University of Oregon, specializing in early music, small ensemble singing, and where she was also featured in numerous operatic productions. Performing credits in the Pacific Northwest include being a featured soloist with the Oregon Bach Collegium, Vox Resonat (an ensemble performing works from the medieval and renaissance eras), and The Oregon Bach Festival, while also singing roles with Eugene Opera and Cascadia Concert Opera. Here at Notre Dame, Alyse has sung solos in the Mozart C Minor Mass, Bach BWV 80, Handel’s Messiah, while participating in local Evensong services, opera scenes, and is a co-conductor of the Cantabile Choir with Notre Dame Children’s Choir. Having just finished singing the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with South Bend Lyric Opera, Alyse is looking forward to the year ahead where, so far, she will be singing Dido in ND Opera’s Fall production of Dido and Aeneas and will be the alto soloist in the South Bend Symphonys performance of Haydn’s Paukenmesse next Spring. Alyse is also a cantor and choral scholar at Gloria Dei Lutheran church.

Katrina Keat (MSM Choral Conducting '19) is from Greenville, South Carolina, and is a singer, conductor, and organist. She received her B. A. in music (voice) and political science from Benedictine College in 2015. While at Benedictine, Katrina was a music theory tutor and also founded Benedictine Baroque, a student-run ensemble which played only Baroque music. She performed large works with the group such as J.S. Bach’s “Jauchzet Gott”, Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”, Leonardo Leo’s “Salve Regina”, and more. She also performed the soprano solos for the Benedictine College Concert Chorale’s performances of Faure’s “Requiem”, Rutter’s “Requiem”, and Vaughan William’s “Dona Nobis Pacem”. Prior to attending Notre Dame, Katrina was the Director of Music at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she directed numerous choirs and was the primary organist for masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form. While serving as director at St. John's, Katrina conducted works such as Durufle's "Requiem", Byrd's "Mass for Five Voices", and Haydn's "Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo" during the context of the liturgy. Katrina enjoys running and fishing, and is a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Heejin Kim (DMA Organ '20)

Zen Kuriyama (MSM Choral Conducting '19) born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a singer, conductor, and budding musicologist. A 2014 Presser Scholar, Zen received his B.A. in Music from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa ('15), where he studied both voice and musicology. Zen received a M.M. in Voice Performance from Stony Brook University ('17) under the Belari Scholarship in Voice, where he studied with Randall Scarlata. At SUNY Stony Brook, Zen held a dual Teaching Assistantship appointment: one in Musicology, and the other in Choral Conducting. Zen is a recent recipient of a Graduate Summer Travel & Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, which he will use to study the unfinished/unpublished manuscripts and personal letters of Gerald Finzi on-site at several archives in England and Scotland. A proud member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Musicological Society, Zen is an avid hiker, runner, and lover of poetry. 

Mark Laseter (MSM Voice '20)

Leah Martin (MSM Organ '20)

J.J. Mitchell (MSM Organ '19) is a second year master’s student in the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program pursuing an MSM in Organ Performance. His teacher is Dr. Craig Cramer. JJ holds an organist position at Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Notre Dame, IN. He is an alumnus of Westminster Choir College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017 with a BM in Sacred Music. While at Westminster, JJ studied organ with Alan Morrison and Daryl Robinson. Recently, JJ performed as an organist and conductor with the Notre Dame Women’s Liturgical Choir on their 2018 Canada Tour. During this international debut, which included venues such as St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal and St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto, he was recorded for national broadcast on Canada’s Salt & Life television network. He has held positions at several Catholic Churches, including the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA. JJ also has extensive experience and training working with both singing and handbell choirs. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, where he serves as a member of the National Publications Committee.

Constantine Novotny (MSM Voice '19) is a second-year voice performance baritone. He was raised in the metro-Detroit area and attended Oakland University for his undergraduate degree in voice performance. After graduating from Wichita State University as the Samuel Ramey Fellow of Opera Performance, he performed with Detroit based groups such as Opera MODO and Audivi. Constantine loves to sing a variety of repertoire from opera to choral, and also is the lead singer and songwriter for his band, The Sundots. He looks forward to another year of music-making at Notre Dame!

Ryan Peteraf (MSM Choral Conducting '19) is a second-year choral conducting student. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, with a minor in Music Education, from the University of the Arts. Ryan admires the rehearsal process while working with choirs and orchestras. He loves the music of the Classical Era, and his favorite composer is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. John Williams and Leonard Bernstein fueled Ryan’s passion for the art of conducting. 

Emorja Roberson (DMA Choral Conducting '21) is a pianist, conductor, workshop coordinator, composer, arranger and vocalist in world of classical and gospel. He recently debuted “Let’s Just Praise the Lord” with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, from his live recording Rejuvenate Me with Rejuvenation Gospel Choir January 2017. Roberson graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, where he studied with Krzysztof Biernacki. As a young artist, he held lead roles in Die Zauberflöte, The Consul, The Mikadoand La Bohèmewith the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah. As of May 2017, Roberson was coined as the first African-American to graduate with a Master of Sacred Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Roberson is studying with Dr. Mark Doerries as a Research Assistant to prepare for his studies as a future doctoral student in Conducting, in addition to piloting the Voices of Courage choir at Madison and Harrison Primary Center. Roberson serves as the Director of Music for Olivet African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Choir Director for the Indiana University South Bend Gospel Choir.  January 2018, Roberson’s compositions, “I Need Your Presence” and “Lord, I’m Grateful” were debuted by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Dr. Marvin Curtis and Dr. Alastair Willis.

Gregory Santa Croce (MSM Organ '19) originally from Binghamton, New York is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studied organ and sacred music with Dr. Jesse Eschbach and Dr. Charles Brown and jazz with professors Pat Coil and Richard DeRosa. His recent awards include first prize in the 2016 William Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio, Texas, and the University of North Texas College of Music Presser Scholarship, the highest honor the school of music may award to an undergraduate. Greg was also a finalist in the 2017 American Guild of Organists Southwest Regional competition in Dallas, Texas. Greg maintains an active musical schedule as an organ soloist as well as freelancing as a jazz and collaborative pianist, composer, and arranger. Greg has just begun a master's degree in sacred music at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, where he studies organ with Dr. Craig Cramer and serves as an organ scholar at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Daniel Schwandt (DMA Organ '21) is returning to Notre Dame after completing an MSM in organ in 2018. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Daniel received his Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from St. Olaf College. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Daniel was an active church musician in the Twin Cities and in Chicago, where for twelve years he was the seminary musician at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Cantor of Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park. Most recently he was the Cantor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago and assisted with the Notre Dame Women’s Liturgical Choir. His interests cover the spectrum of the church musician’s art, from conducting and composing, to liturgical theology and leading assembly song. His interest in the organ also extends to free reed instruments like the harmonium and American reed organ.

Elliott Smith (DMA Choral Conducting ABT)

Benjamin Stone (DMA Organ ABT)

Carina Sturdy (MSM Organ '20)

Emily Swope (MSM Voice '19) is from Derry, New Hampshire and is currently working on her Masters in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Ave Maria University, with a minor in Shakespeare in Performance. Emily is the fourth of nine children, and has loved working with kids all her life. She's fluent in German, loves traveling, and is looking forward to teaching and singing solo sacred repertoire after finishing her degree!

Jared Swope (MSM Voice '20)

Audrey Thomas (MSM Organ '20)

Joshua Wang (MSM Choral Conducting '20)

Erin Wendt (MSM Choral Conducting '20)