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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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Abend-Musique 50

Author: Janet Rudasics

March 6 Bower Notker Poster

Abend-Musique 50: Recovering Notker's Sequences, Text and Music: 
A Celebration of Calvin M. Bower's New Edition of the Liber ymnorum of Notker Balbulus 

Three divisions of the University of Notre Dame— the Department of Music, the Medieval Institute, and the Sacred Music Program— join forces to celebrate medieval scholar Calvin M. Bower's award-winning 2016 edition of the tenth-century Liber ymnorum

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Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez to conduct in Ecuador

Author: Janet Rudasics

The Head of the Graduate Choral Conducting Studio, Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez  is visiting Ecuador, to prepare an interdisciplinary staged performance of Mozart's Requiem with the country's Teatro Nacional Sucre and  the National Symphony Orchestra. The performance will take place on March 22 and 23 in the context the City of Quito's Sacred Music Festival. This is the second visit of Profesor Téllez to South America this year. In early January she visited the University of Chile for research, and to consult with them about a new Master's degree in Choral Conducting. Last year in October she conducted Mendelssohn's Elijah 

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Conducting Alumnus Michael Accurso invited to conduct in Carnegie Hall

Author: Janet Rudasics

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Michael Accurso, Director of Sacred Music at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, NC has accepted an invitation from Peter Tiboris, General Director and Music Director of MidAmerica Productions & MidAm International, to conduct Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened

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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez Travels to Quito to Collaborate with the National Theatre of Ecuador

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez, Head of the Graduate Conducting Studio, traveled to Quito during the second week of December as a guest artist of the National Theatre of Ecuador. She is developing with the Theatre's director, Chia Patiño,  an original adaptation of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" that will include aspects of Andean mythology in the libretto and Ecuadorean instruments in the orchestra. "The Magic Flute" has a historical tradition of adaptations, as it is ideal to introduce new audiences and children to the operatic genre. Professor Téllez's collaborative version will premiere under her direction next June 2018. She will also return to Quito's Sacred Music Festival in March 2018 to lead an interdisciplinary performance of J.S. Bach's "Passion according to Saint Matthew."  This will be her second visit to Quito's Sacred Music Festival. The first took place in 2013, when she took the section leaders of Notre Dame Vocale for a collaboration with the Mixed Choir of the City of Quito, in a concert celebrating the inauguration of Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope.…

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MSM Voice Student is Four-Time Winner

Author: Peter Jeffery

International student Carlos Cardenas, a voice major in the MSM program, has competed in four recent auditions, and come out on top each time: 

Encouragement Award Winner, Chicago District, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Honorable Mention Prize, Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, NYC, Lieder/Song Division…

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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez Gives a Presentation at Cambridge

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez took advantage of the Thanksgiving break to accept an invitation from the University of Cambridge. She gave a presentation and participated in a panel organized by Cambridge International Performance Studies Network at the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH)  with the topic "The Gendered Lectern: Performing Authority."  Professor Téllez was asked to present on the issues of gendered authority in the field of conducting. The session also included presentations by theologian and Anglican priest, Sarah Coakley, Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, and Dr. Victoria Bateman, in the faculty of Economics at Cambridge, among others. During the session, Professor Téllez was delighted to greet Notre Dame's alum in Italian Studies Thomas Graff, who is now completing a postgraduate studies at Cambridge, and who was one of the student co-creators in The Dante Project presented by Notre Dame Vocale with support from the Mellon Foundation.…

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