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SMND Student Emorja Roberson Announced as One of Twenty Contestants of "Sunday Best" on BET

Author: SMND

SMND student Emorja Roberson was announced as one of twenty contestants of the singing competition “Sunday Best” on BET.
Contestants have in-person auditions in front of a panel of judges, with no audience. The selected twenty finalists will perform acapella with no band support in order to determine the top ten who will then proceed to the next round. “Sunday Best” will air on BET on Sunday, June 30th

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Black History Month event explores the sounds of African-American jazz, classical and gospel music

Author: Erin Blasko

“Unsung: The Exploration of the Sounds of Black Folk” featured performances by vocalist Calesta “Callie” Day and pianist and composer Isaac Cates, in collaboration with Emorja Roberson, doctoral student in Sacred Music; Alex Mansour, senior in the Music Department; the Notre Dame Folk Choir and director J.J Wright; the Notre Dame Children’s Choir; and a community choir composed of area church members.The Sacred Music Program, in collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Graduate School, the Department of Africana Studies, the Office of Community Relations and the Program of Liberal Arts, hosted an evening of African-American jazz, classical and gospel music Feb. 8 (Friday) as part of Black History Month celebrations at the University of Notre Dame.

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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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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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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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Graduating Students Job & School Offers

Author: Matt Haines

Wright

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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JJ. Wright and Notre Dame Children's Choir Featured on NPR's Weekend Edition

Author: Mark Doerries

DMA student J.J. Wright was interviewed from Rome by Scott Simon on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, December 3, 2017. The segment discussed Wright's composition O Emmanuel and collaboration with the Notre Dame Children's Choir, his internship with the Sistine Chapel Choir, and the current state of sacred music.…

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Native Justice Served in "Mass for the Oppressed"

Author: Matt Haines

Tears well up in Emerson Eads’ eyes as he turns from the conductor’s perch and greets audience members who have just given a standing ovation to Sunday afternoon’s Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s performance of his composition, “Mass for the Oppressed.”

“Honestly,” Eads admits, “I was definitely thinking about the four. When it got to Agnus Dei, I couldn’t hold myself together.”…

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SMND Singers Compete in NATS

Author: Matt Haines

MSM voice performance first-year students Carlos Cardenas, Nathan Kistler, and Gabriela Solis competed in the Indiana Chapter Student Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on Saturday, Oct. 29. They represented Notre Dame for the first time at a NATS competition in more than 10 years and all performed splendidly! We congratulate Carlos Cardenas for winning third place in his division (there was a two-way tie for first place) and Gabriela Solis for winning first place in her division!…

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DMA Student, Justin Appel, Featured as Nanovic Institute's "Student Spotlight"

Author: Matt Haines

Appel

DMA Conducting student, Justin Appel, traveled to Latvia on a  Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant to study Ēriks Ešenvalds as an upcoming star of 21st-century choral music. Justin wrote about his experience and travels to the Nanovic Institue for European Studies

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Incoming MSM Student Graduates with Distinctions

Author: Matt Haines

Incoming MSM Conducting student, Abby Helbling, recently graduated with distinctions from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Helbling received magna cum laude distinction for a bachelor’s degree in music education. She previously received the Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Recognition award and the Slocum Prize for the highest GPA in the music department at graduation.…

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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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American Bach Society Biennial Conference Hosted by Sacred Music at Notre Dame

Author: Matt Haines

AMERICAN BACH SOCIETY BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
HOSTED BY SACRED MUSIC AT NOTRE DAME

On 7-10 April 2016 Sacred Music at Notre Dame hosted the biennial meeting of the American Bach Society. The society, which began its life as the American Chapter of the International Bach Society before becoming its own independent entity, serves as the focus for Bach scholarship in the United States and Canada. Among its members are many of the leading Bach scholars in the world, including Christoph Wolff, former director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. It was a great honor and privilege to host such an important organization.…

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