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Video: Sacred music alumnus on the ‘king of instruments’ and reviving church music in rural communities

Author: Todd Boruff

“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. 

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SMND alumnus Emerson Eads composed an orchestral piece honoring Saint Therese, to be performed by the Juneau Symphony.

Author: SMND

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.…

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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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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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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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Diverse Paths to Full-Time Employment: Four Recent Graduates in Voice

Author: Matt Haines

Jessica Bush Working

Jessica Working

There are plenty of jobs in church music for organists; choral conductors have many posts to apply for in colleges and in universities, and especially if their keyboard skills are up, in churches too. But what about someone with an MSM in voice?  Of course, some of our graduates go right on to DMA’s and we’ll be hearing about them later as years go on. But some want to be out working right away, and here are the stories of four of these singing strivers, two from the class of 2015 (Caporizo and Dotterweich) and two from the class of 2016 (Bush and Noone). Their paths are very different, yet each is employed full time, and they use a variety of skills for the church, for teaching, and for the concert hall, providing a dazzling display of entrepreneurial energy.…

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A New Movement for Sacred Music

Author: Matt Haines

Recently, Brendan O’Shaugnessy of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications was able to sit down with MSM alumni Jonathan Embry (organ) and Samantha Dotterweich (voice) to talk about their learning experience at Notre Dame and how it has impacted their current church musician job. Jonathan and Samantha each have their own approach to Sacred Music and how they pass on the experience unto others. Jonathan focuses the relationship of organ hymn playing to resonate with his church attendance while Samantha teaches the youth choirs at schools and future work with the Indianapolis Children's Choir.…

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Notre Dame Day A Success!

Author: Mark Doerries

Sacred Music at Notre Dame recently participated in the annual University-wide Notre Dame Day fundraising appeal on April 24-25, 2016. In addition to raising over $17,000 in funds, Sacred Music was the eighth highest recipient of contributions amongst over 850 organizations and the only academic unit in the top 10 fund recipients.…

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Carmen-Helena Tellez Invited To Give Lecture For Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music Musicology Colloquium Series

Author: Matt Haines

Sacred Music professor, Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez has been invited to give a lecture for Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music Musicology Colloquium Series on "Latin American Choral Music in the Postmodern Imagination."  The talk is scheduled for March 6, 2014.

Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez's TEDx talk on "Rituals, Perceptions and the Music of your Mind" is now available on TEDx 

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Margot Fassler Awarded 2013-2014 Faculty Research Support Regular Grant

Author: Matt Haines

The Faculty Research Support Regular Grant Program provides funds to support outstanding research, scholarship, or creative expression that will make a major contribution in any field of study. Projects should lead to a significant outcome during the period of the award, and thus, the FRSP Regular Grant competition should not be viewed as a seed funding opportunity for the generation of preliminary results. Grants up to $100,000 of total funding over three years are available through this program.

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