Program of Panels and Presentations

All events are at the Auditorium of the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall, unless otherwise indicated

(This schedule is subject to change. Please refer to for possible updates)


Thursday 9/13

Arrivals to South Bend

8 pm- Vespers at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, led by Fr. Peter Rocca. Welcome by the President of Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins and the Dean of the College, John McGreevy.

Performance of Petr Eben’s Te Deum and James MacMillan’s Magnificat with the South Bend Chamber Singers, Nancy Menk, conductor.

For more details. See concert program


Friday 9/14

8-9 am- Breakfast at the Hotel dining room or at Notre Dame’s Conference Center at McKenna Hall

9 am-12 noon- Composing and Conducting Sacred Music Today: James MacMillan Presenter and Moderator:

•9-10:00- MacMillan on his Sacred Music-influences, objectives according to occasion or ensemble, treatment of the text, devotional or spiritual music, composing the music for the papal visit; tensions in the profession due to expected styles; specific examples from his Credo, St John Passion, The Seven Last Words and Cum Vidisset.


•10:10-11:10 am - Composing Sacred Music Today Session 1, James MacMillan moderator.

Presentations and Responses by Panelists:

Tawnie Olson: "The Practice: Composing Sacred Music: Eia Mater from The Seven Last Words from the Cross”.

                            - Reading led by conductor Gonçalo Lourenço.


Cary Boyce: “Music, Text, Rhetoric and Meaning in Diverse Sacred Music Contexts. Discussion of his works Ave Maria, Veni, Veni Emmanuel and The Flower of Departure (A Universal Requiem)”

11:10am -12 noon -Case Studies: Presentations and choral readings with discussion of active participant composers’ works: 


Frank LaRocca, California State University

Topic: "The Apologetics of Beauty: A Musical Theology of the Incarnation".

Composition: O Magnum Mysterium


Daniel Elder, Westminster Choir College

Topic: “"The image behind the text: Vocal orchestration in O Magnum Mysterium"

Composition: O Magnum Mysterium

Panelists and Conductors’ Commentaries: Gonçalo Lourenço (Indiana University), Mitos Andaya (Temple University)


12 noon -1:15 pm - Lunch Break


1:15-3:45 pm- Composing Sacred Music Today Session 2, James MacMillan moderator.

1:15-2:15 Presentations and Responses by Panelists

Libby Larsen-A discussion of her works “Who Cannot Weep Come Learn of Me”, “ Canticle of Mary”, and “The Magdalene”.

Daniel Kellogg - Living in Two Worlds:  The Tension of Church and the Secular Concert Hallks

                          Where does Sacred Art Belong?


2:15 -3:45 Case Studies: Presentations, choral readings and discussion of active participant composers’ works (18 min each, plus conductor comments and audience questions):


Chappell Kingsland (Indiana University)

Topic: “Composing to enhance a spiritually pen and inclusive text”

Composition: Unfurl my heart


Alfred Calabrese( St Rita Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas)

Topic: "Text Painting as Catechesis: Singing like a Catholic"

Works: Mass of Praise and Drop, Drop Slow Tears


David Davies (Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College)

Topic: “Aesthetic Reconciliation: Composing Music for use in Concert Halls and Worship”

Composition: O the Depths


Michael Vernusky

Topic: “The areas of overlap between ritual and established structures, theatre, installation and sound art”

Work: The Red Mass


Panelists and Conductors’ Commentaries: Conductors Greg Geehern (Indiana University) Jonathan Kim (St. Jude Catholic Church, South Bend), Gonçalo Lourenço (Indiana University)

3:45-4 pm- Break

4-5pm  A Sacred Chamber Concert. Vocal and Chamber Sacred Music from the Baroque

             Mary Anne Ballard, viola de gamba; Craig Cramer and Paul Walker; organ and Stephen Lancaster, baritone. Reyes Hall (For details, see concert program)

5pm Break

5:15-6:15 pm- Vigil Mass of Our Lady of Sorrows, Fr. Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the United States Province of Holy Cross.  This will be a special Holy Cross celebration of the solemnity.  Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

7pm Pre-Concert Talk with Emily Snow. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

8 pm Concert

Pomerium Ensemble. Alexander Blachly, conductor,

Renaissance Music devoted to Mary and the Cross,

Leighton Hall, DeBartolo performing Arts Center

(For details, see concert program)


Saturday, September 15


10 am-12noon pm – Session of debate and questions, composers, conductors and participants. 

Followed by private meetings of active participant composers and conductors with composer/panelists as arranged indeoendiently between interested parties, at the Auditorium, room 104 and 112.

12-1 pm – Buffet lunch at McKenna

1-2:40 pm - Composing Sacred Music Today Session 3, James MacMillan moderator.

1-2 pm  


Robinson McClellan:

"God is a Harmonic Being”: Musical Theology …but for whom?


Stephen Mager,

To Grasp the Transcendent: Music as an Agent for the Sanctification of Time

2-2:40: Case studies and choral readings and discussion of young composers’ works:


Caleb Wenzel, Catholic University of America

“Congregational Settings for the Communion and the Credo”


Jennifer Budziak

Topic: “An approach to the challenges presented by bilingual music in a community setting”

Work: Una Cosa Pido al Señor/Only This I Ask of the Lord (Psalm 27)

Commentaries by Panelists and Conductors: Noah Horn (Yale University) and Arianne Abela (Yale University)

2:40-3 pm - break/ McKenna


3-5:30 pm- OPEN SESSION TO CHURCH CHOIRS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS. Hosted by Tala Jarjour: Creating participatory music, and learning from the traditions with scholars and practitioners.  (30 minutes each including all individual discussion)

Moderator:  Assistant Professor of Music: Tala Jarjour, University of Notre Dame 


Samuel Sommers (Goshen)

Shape note singing


Dr. Helen Phelan, (University of Limerick, Ireland)

World music, especially for immigrant communities


Dr. Mellonee Burnim, (Indiana University)

African American spirituals and gospel music


Steven C. Warner, (University of Notre Dame)

Sacred Irish music


Dr. Lorraine Brugh, (Valparaiso University)

Traditional hymnody


5:30-7 pm - Break

7-7:30 pm - Pre-Concert Conversation with James MacMillan and Carmen-Helena Téllez, and host Andre Redwood; Leighton Hall, DeBartolo


8pm - Final Concert, Homage to Congregation of Holy Cross and the Sisters of the Holy Cross; Premiere of James MacMillan’s Cum Vidisset Jesus with The Seven Last Words from the Cross, Carmen-Helena Téllez, Aguavá New Music Stuio, Notre Dame Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Leighton Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center  (For more details, see concert program)


9:15 pm- Reception for Conference Participants, Donors Room, Morris Inn

Sunday September 16

9:45 or 10 am –OPTIONAL: Mass at the Church of the Sisters of the Holy Cross (Church of Loretto) or Mass at the Basilica off the Sacred Heart. Departures as scheduled.