Dr. Carmen-Helena Téllez, Professor of Conducting in Sacred Music, has announced the issue of a new 2-CD album of works by the pioneering American microtonal composer and MacArthur Award winner John Eaton (1937-2015). The work is dedicated to all his vocal compositions on texts by the Baroque Mexican nun, poet and polymath Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), and includes a distinguished roster of the best-reviewed contemporary music performers of our time. The collection represents the first professional recording of these works.…
“If you can be a strong organist and lead hymns from the keyboard, you can do it all as a church musician,” said Michael Emmerich, ’12 M.S.M. Emmerich is the associate music director for the Archdiocese of Omaha with a particular focus and mission for rural music ministry. He travels the archdiocese to bolster musical and liturgical literacy among the parishes in rural communities.
SMND alumnus Emerson Eads composed an orchestral piece honoring Saint Therese, to be performed by the Juneau Symphony. Guest conductor for the Juneau Symphony, William Todd Hunt commissioned compositions inspired by landmarks in Juneau. Ead’s inspiration came from the National Shrine of Saint Therese. Ead’s piece, titled “I Love Him”, will be performed by the Juneau Symphony, led by Hunt. The piece is part of program titled “Psalms and Fanfares” being performed at Juneau-Douglas High School on April 6 and 7, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska.…
“Unsung: The Exploration of the Sounds of Black Folk” featured performances by vocalist Calesta “Callie” Day and pianist and composer Isaac Cates, in collaboration with Emorja Roberson, doctoral student in Sacred Music; Alex Mansour, senior in the Music Department; the Notre Dame Folk Choir and director J.J Wright; the Notre Dame Children’s Choir; and a community choir composed of area church members.The Sacred Music Program, in collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Graduate School, the Department of Africana Studies, the Office of Community Relations and the Program of Liberal Arts, hosted an evening of African-American jazz, classical and gospel music Feb. 8 (Friday) as part of Black History Month celebrations at the University of Notre Dame.
SMND alumnus Emerson Eads conducted a performance of his “Mass for the Oppressed” at St. Philip’s of the Hills in Tucson, Arizona, on February 3, 2019.
SMND choral conducting student Zen Kuriyama recently had his first journal publication, in the December 2018 issue of The Finzi Journal, printed in the United Kingdom.
Dr Carmen Helena Téllez, Professor of Conducting in the Sacred Music Program, gave a lecture at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music on January 23rd.
SMND Choral Conducting student Zen Kuriyama has been invited to speak about his research on Gerald Finzi as part of the Saint Mary’s College Department of Music Recital Forum.
Robert Kyr's Paradiso, an oratorio based on Dante's Divine Comedy, with a libretto by the eminent Cambridge University poet and scholar Robin Kirkpatrick, was issued by Albany Records.
Students and faculty from Sacred Music at Notre Dame had full schedule of performances in South Bend and California the week before Christmas.
For Christopher Chowrimootoo, there’s nothing unusual about a musicologist teaching in the Great Books program. That’s because, like his research, the Program of Liberal Studies is fundamentally interdisciplinary. He primarily tries to bring music into wider conversations about the “middlebrow” in literature, film studies, and cultural history. This originally pejorative term implied cultural aspiration, using “highbrow” art to achieve a higher social and aesthetic status.
The guest appearance is part of Sandoval’s “Swinging Christmas with the Sandoval Big Band” concert at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21.
Dr. Carmen-Helena Téllez, Professor of Choral Conducting, conducted two operas in October. She returned to the National Theatre of Ecuador for the third time this year to conduct Mozart's The Magic Flute as the main event of the international conference of Opera Latinoamérica. She then returned to South Bend to conduct Musica Speculativa, a interdisciplinary work with digital media by Ryan Olivier, with Ensemble Concept/21.
Music has the power to inspire, to sustain, and to build community. And students and alumni of Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s Calvin M. Bower Doctor of Musical Arts program are playing a vital role in re-energizing the church and the academy through sacred music. With tracks in choral conducting and organ, the program offers an academically rigorous curriculum with a wide range of opportunities for performance, academic, and community engagement. The latest step forward for the DMA program is a generous gift from James and Molly Perry to endow and rename it in honor of Calvin M. Bower, professor emeritus of musicology.
Margot Fassler spent several days in Utrecht this past summer, as an advisor to the Sound Memories Project.
SMND student Heejin Kim participated in the 6th International Organ Competition "Organi Storici del Basso Friuli" in the Municipality of Muzzana del Turgnano, Italy from October 1-6, 2018. She took second prize in the final round of three, using four historically valuable Italian organs.
SMND student, Emorja Roberson, wins first place in the 5th American Spirituals Voice Competition...
Zen Kuriyama's article, "Reshaping Musical History: Gerald Finzi and the English Musical Renaissance," has been accepted for publication by the UK-based journal, Finzi Friends, coming out in December 2018.
An internationally acclaimed jazz and classical musician and composer, Arturo Sandoval has received 10 Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award and is a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this nation’s highest civilian honor. Sandoval will headline a festive Christmas in September event featuring the Notre Dame Children's Choir, Notre Dame Symphonic Winds, and the Notre Dame Jazz Ensemble. His album Arturo Sandoval's Christmas at Notre Dame, recorded last year in the Leighton Concert Hall, will be released Sept. 28.