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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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Distinguished Conductor Joseph Flummerfelt Visits the Sacred Music Program.

Author: Matt Haines

The Graduate Conducting Studio of the Sacred Music Program receives the distinguished American conductor Joseph Flummerfelt to give a masterclass this Friday, December 1st. Maestro Flummerfelt's accomplishments are numerous, and feature recordings and performances as choral director and collaborator of some of the most important ensembles and conductors of our time, including Westminster Choir, New York Choral Artists, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim, among many others. He was named "Conductor of the Year 2004" by Musical America, 

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Fassler Gives Three Plenary Lectures This Fall

Author: Matt Haines

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This fall, Margot Fassler, Director of SMND, and the Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, was invited to give three keynote presentations. These formal presentations include her lecture “Within/Without: The Liturgical Voices of Women Religious in the Later Middle Ages,” for the Reichenau-Tagung des Konstanzer Arbeitskreises für mittelalterliche Geschichte. The following week, Fassler presented a keynote on the liturgical practices of the Augustinian canons of St. Victor in the twelfth century at “A Sacrifice of Praise:  Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life,” the 42nd Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance StudiesConference

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We dedicated our new building.

Author: Peter Jeffery

In December 2017 we will begin moving into our new quarters, O'Neil Hall.  The official dedication took place on October 28.  Former president George W. Bush and first lady Laura were there. So was Charles Schwab, who developed the discount brokerage concept into the company that bears his name. Mr. Schwab and his wife Helen donated the building in honor of her brother, Joseph I. O'Neill III (ND class of 1967), a long-time supporter of Notre Dame, who put a lot of attention into ensuring that this would be a beautiful, functional building.  Also present were the LaBar family, which donated the Recital Hall and the Performance Hall, and the Michuda famiily, which donated the Rehearsal Hall. …

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2005 Graduate Returns to Campus to Pursue Doctoral Studies in Choral Conducting

Author: Matt Haines

DMA Conducting student, Brandon Hollihan, graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a BA in Vocal Performance. He has since returned to Notre Dame to pursue his doctoral studies in choral conducting under the direction of Dr. Carmen Helena-Telléz and Dr. Mark Doerries. He is entering his first year as a DMA candidate and will perform his first degree recital

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Alumni, Nicole Simental, Highlighted in The Columbus Dispatch

Author: Matt Haines

Alumni, Nicole Simental (MSM '13) was recently featured in The Columbus Dispatch for her new position as principal organist at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, OH. In the article, Nicole talks about being asked to substitute for her parish's organ player while she was a child. She immediately fell in love with the new position and role she played in the church. This calling pushed her to study organ and get her bachelors degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, masters from Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame, and is currently finishing her doctorate at Indiana University. …

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Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez Conducts "Elijah" in Colombia

Author: Matt Haines

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez, Head of the Conducting Studio,  conducted two performances of Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" last September 9 and 10, 2017, as a guest of the 6th International Festival of Sacred Music of Bogotá. The performances took place in the historic Teatro Colón, with the Orchestra EAFIT of the city of Medellín, and the chorus of the Universidad de los Andes. It was the first time that "Elijah" was heard in Colombia. Composer Krzysztof Penderecki and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis were also guests of the Festival.…

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Dr. Michael Accurso Involved with the Dedication of the New Cathedral in Raleigh, NC.

Author: Matt Haines

Alum Dr. Michael Accurso is featured in a TV spot in Raleigh, NC, as the new Cathedral of the Holy Name of Jesus is about to be dedicated on July 26. Michael graduated with a DMA in Choral Conducting last July 7, as a student of Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez. He is the Director of Sacred Music for  the Cathedral and the Diocese in Raleigh since 2015.…

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Lilly Endowment awards $1.6 million grant for Sacred Music at Notre Dame program

Author: Carrie Gates

The University of Notre Dame has received a $1.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) program and its transformative work with graduate students and the community. This is the program’s second grant from the Lilly Endowment — a private, philanthropic foundation that supports the causes of religion, education, and community development — following a $1.9 million grant in 2012 that helped launch SMND.

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Graduating Students Job & School Offers

Author: Matt Haines

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JJ Wright, a DMA candidate in the Conducting Studio at Notre Dame reached out from Notre Dame's Rome Gateway, soon after the announcement of his appointment as Director of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir.  JJ will join the Notre Dame Folk Choir this July, after the performance of his final doctoral recital in Rome.…

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Music and the Middlebrow Conference

Author: Matt Haines

Chris Chowrimootoo (Assistant Professor of Musicology and Liberal Studies and Faculty Fellow in Sacred Music) will host a conference entitled "Music and the Middlebrow" at Notre Dame's London Global Gateway on 22-24 June 2017The event will feature over fifty speakers from all over the world, including Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) and Joan S. Rubin (University of Rochester) as the keynote speakers. For full registration details, program and abstracts, see: http://www.musicandthemiddlebrow.org/

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