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For musicologist studying the ‘middlebrow,’ interdisciplinary opportunities make PLS the perfect home

Author: Emily McConville

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. 

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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez conducts two operas in October

Author: SMND

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.

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Bower Doctor of Musical Arts program empowers students to re-energize sacred music in church and academy

Author: Carrie Gates

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.

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Grammy-winning jazz musician Arturo Sandoval records Christmas album with Notre Dame Children's Choir

Author: Arts and Letters

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.

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Carina Sturdy Wins Award for the Second Year in a Row

Author: SMND

SMND student Carina Sturdy (MSM organ) is a recipient of a 2017-18 award from the American Guild of Organists as part of their Student Commissioning Project. Carina Sturdy and composer Thomas Little worked together to compose “The Elephant’s Foot,” a reference to the radioactive mass created by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Sturdy received this collaborative award for the second year in a row.

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SMND Professors Jeffery and Fassler Contribute to a New Cambridge History

Author: Fassler, Margot

Peter Jeffery and Margot Fassler both have chapters in the just appearing Cambridge History of Medieval Music (edited by Mark Everist and Thomas Forrest Kelly), Cambridge University Press, 2018. Professor Jeffery's chapter, the first in the book, is entitled "Musical Legacies from the Ancient World." It explores the streams of influence that shaped the beginnings of musical practices in the West, including ancient Greek music theory, the Judeao-Christian Bible, and the early Christian liturgy in Jerusalem. Fassler's chapter, "Music and Prosopography," describes a variety of methods for uncovering details about the lives of medieval musicians and communities of song. The essay examines sources from many regions of Europe, and looks at individuals from the Carolingian period through to the fifteenth century. The book has appeared already in England and will be released in the USA in September, 2018.…

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Professor Carmen Helena Tellez speaks at the International Conference of the Performance Studies Network in Oslo

Author: Janet Rudasics

Professor Téllez capped a series of sabbatical lectures with a peer-reviewed paper for the International Conference of the Performance Studies Network in Oslo,  Norway, on July 7, 2018, She addressed new modes of presentation for art music, and how the training of conductors needs to include the interdisciplinary methodologies of Performance Studies. Previously on May 9th, Professor Téllez addressed the topic of the chorus as an interdisciplinary instrument, in a lecture for the musicology department of the University of California -Riverside. On April 28 she spoke on the underexplored impact of Arvo Pärt on Western contemporary music, during the working conference "1968," organized by Professor James McAdams and the Nanovic Institute of European Studies at Notre Dame. This paper will become a chapter in the book collecting the interdisciplinary research presented at this conference.…

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Margot E. Fassler will give the presidential address at the Medieval Academy of America meeting

Author: Janet Rudasics

Margot E. Fassler, Director of SMND, will give the presidential address at the Medieval Academy of America meeting in Atlanta (March 2-4). The title of the presentation is “Women and Sequences,” and in this work Fassler tells the story of the genre in women’s institutions from the twelfth century, beginning with Heloise and Hildegard, through to the Dominicans of Soest in the fourteenth century, and ending with reformed houses of Dominicans and Franciscans in the fifteenth century.…

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