Conference Overview

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



James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross
September 13-15, 2012



Margot Fassler and Carmen-Helena Tellez, conference directors

Join us for three days of creativity, connection and debate around the issues of composing and performing sacred music today. We invite composers and conductors of sacred music to share their work in the choral readings, discuss aspects of composing and commissioning, and to engage in the panels and workshops. We also welcome performers and church musicians to enjoy and learn from this extraordinary encounter.

Featured Guest Composer: James MacMillan

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

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.

More Information

All events will be held at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

View the scheduled concerts and panels.

The conference will accept active and observing participants:
advanced registration until August 15 – $50
ongoing registration until September 13 – $85

Get more registration information.