Richard Einhorn will discuss how he conceptualized his oratorio with silent film, Voices of Light, his encounter with the great silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T Dreyer, the decisions he made to choose texts from sacred and devotional poetry, how they were edited and sequenced into a libretto, and how he conceived and composed the music. Richard Einhorn will also describe the history of the project, from its premiere in the middle of a Massachusetts blizzard to best-selling Sony Classical album and 250 performances in major venues around the world. …
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Notre Dame Sacred Music does Chicago! The piece we sang at Saint Clement on the afternoon of May 12 at 5:30 is a participatory Vespers service, one of the most ancient of Christian traditions. The style is that of chanted psalms, but adapted into English, and for the idiom of jazz. Thus we combine the traditional and the modern, and through this artistically well-informed blending, have created something truly new. This service proudly highlighted many distinctive features of our Sacred Music program at Notre Dame. It is the composition of choral conducting student J.J. Wright, who performed it here with his jazz trio including Chicago musicians Matt Ulery on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums. Also featured in the service was the Notre Dame Children's Choir, Dr. Mark Doerries, Director. Joining the children was cantor Benjamin Liupaogo, a master's degree voice student, and other members of our graduate program, singers, conductors, and organists, one of whom, Kevin Vaughn, offered a short organ prelude before the singing began. The joy of joining the children's voices with the practiced voices of the graduate musicians was very special, and something truly unique to our program.…
Joan of Arc, leader of armies, adviser to King Charles VII, and patron saint of France, has been a role model to those who suffer for their convictions for more than 600 years.…
Notre Dame's Program in Sacred Music supports two graduate degrees: the Master of Sacred Music in organ, choral conducting, and voice; and the Doctorate of Musical Arts, in organ and in choral conducting. Our program prides itself in the close personal attention from our masterful faculty given to each of our very talented students, as they prepare for careers in the church, the academy, and the public sector. Through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, we have been able to start the Notre Dame Children's Choir this year, a choir for the training of our graduate students and the teaching of music to local children, flourishing under the superb leadership of Dr. Mark Doerries.
Stephen Lancaster has won the NATSAA (National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards) Central Region competition, which took place this past Saturday at Webster University in St. Louis. This means that Stephen will go on to represent the region and compete in the national semi-final competition in Boston during the the NATS convention in July.…
The simplest of ideas lead to extraordinary musical statements in a program featuring the world premiere of a new work by Timothy Andres entitled Austerity Measures. Andres describes his new work as a "string quartet for percussion." Notre Dame faculty member Carmen-Helena Téllez and the vocalists from the Sacred Music Program join Third Coast for a performance of Steve Reich's iconic …
The University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Sacred Music Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 13 through 15).
The conference will feature sacred music from the Renaissance to the present day and will bring together composers, scholars and conductors of sacred music to discuss, share and perform their work.
Several concert events are open to the public and free of charge.
More than 100 musicians gathered last week on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for its inaugural Sacred Music Conference.
The conference, titled “James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross,” was organized by Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, and Carmen-Helena Téllez, professor of music at Notre Dame, to coincide with the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the patronal feast and 175th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Composers, conductors and scholars of sacred music came together to discuss, share and perform their work. Among them were the Scottish composer and conductor MacMillan, the former conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra who had composed the music for Pope Benedict’s 2010 visit to England.
With a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame has announced the launch of the Sacred Music Drama Project, a four-year, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to engage people more deeply with the power of shared creativity, performance and scholarship.
The project will draw on humanistic, artistic and sacred topics from a variety of musical traditions to develop new coursework and to stage the production of a major dramatic performance each year. The Mellon grant will also bring both eminent and emerging guest artists to campus and will fund the commission of a new work of sacred music drama at the end of the project.
Sacred music is foundational to many of the world’s artistic traditions, and this is especially so when it comes to Western music. It is also an artistic — and academic — area that continues to grow and develop.
To celebrate and promote this diverse art form, the University of Notre Dame is launching a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program with majors in organ and choral conducting, beginning in fall 2013.
“Given Notre Dame’s educational mission, its Catholic foundation and our recent investments in faculty who are recognized leaders in sacred music, the University is uniquely poised to develop young musicians to serve the Church and world,” says John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.
With the support of a Lilly Endowment grant of $1.9 million, Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) is poised to help congregations across the region renew worship practices and enliven musical expression to engage people more deeply, across the generations.
The grant will enable SMND to begin building creative partnerships between academia and communities of worship and to sponsor activities designed to teach sacred music to young people. A central project will be sending graduate students from Notre Dame’s newly founded Doctor of Musical Arts and its successful Master of Sacred Music programs into local churches to strengthen existing children’s choirs or establish new ones. Applications will be available by March 15 for churches interested in hosting an organist or choral conductor from Notre Dame for a period of two or three years.