Conference: James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross

Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with support from the Nanovic Institute and College of Arts and Letters present






Thank you all for three days of creativity, connection, celebration and debate around the issues surrounding the creation and performance of sacred music—September 13, 14, and 15, 2012.


With our Featured Guest Composer: James MacMillan

and Guest Composer Panelists: Libby Larsen, Cary BoyceDaniel Kellogg, Stephen Mager, Robinson McClellan, and Tawnie Olson

and Guest Participatory Music Panelists: Lorraine Brugh; Mellonee Burnim, Helen Phelan; Samuel Sommers; Steve Warner.


Alexander Blachly, Nancy Menk, and Carmen-Helena Téllez, conductors; Craig Cramer, organ; Paul Walker, organ; Stephen Lancaster, baritone; Emily Snow, guest lecturer;

and the Ensembles

Aguavá New Music Studio, Pomerium, South Bend Chamber Singers, and the Notre Dame Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

Church choirs and individual church singers are invited to the open session on participatory singing on Saturday, September 15, 3-5pm.  Come join us for a beautiful afternoon of sacred music singing, followed by a visit with composer James MacMillan at 7pm, and a free concert of his new motet Cum vidisset Jesus and his unforgettable cantata The Seven Last Words from the Cross!

For those interested in the full range of panels of the conference, continuing registration is taking place until September 13.

The festival conference will feature composer and guest lecturer James MacMillan, in residence to attend the premiere of his new motet "Cum vidisset Jesus," with a panel of other distinguished composers, conductors and scholars. We invite composers,  conductors and church musicians to share their work in the choral readings and to engage in discussions and workshops on creating, conducting and teaching sacred music during this extraordinary encounter.

Conference Overview
Panels and Workshops
Registration and Travel Information
Conference Flyer
James MacMillan
Special Guests