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Professor Carmen-Helena Tellez and students of the Sacred Music program welcome famous pedagogue José Antonio Abreu

Author: Matt Haines

Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema of Youth Orchestras  in Venezuela and teacher of Los Angeles Philharmonic's conductor Gustavo Dudamel received the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Humanitarian Work in Latin America. Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez, a compatriot of Maestro Abreu,  coordinated the musical offering in collaboration with SMND students J.J. Wright (conducting), Mary Catherine Levri and Kevin Vaughn (organ)

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Chris Dekker, D.M.A. Organ, Wins Prestigious Sacred Music Scholarship

Author: Matt Haines

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"Second year doctoral student Christopher Dekkerhas been awarded a scholarship from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMWA).  Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any denomination intending to pursue a career in sacred music, the award was given to the candidate showing the greatest potential for outstanding promise of future impact in the field, as exemplified by their current work and schooling.  This news will be featured in an article

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J.J. Wright, D.M.A. in Conducting, to Release Debut Jazz Record "Inward Looking Outward" on Ropeadope Records

Author: Matt Haines

Pianist J.J. Wright's style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improviser at the New School For Jazz in New York City, he's also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just some of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President as well as at several high-profile diplomatic gigs. He also performed and recorded with vibraphonist Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro BopAlliance, whose album was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. Inward Looking Outward, Wright’s recording debut as a leader, features six original compositions and covers of music by Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens and Phil Collins. Drummer Nate Wood and bassist Ike Sturm join the pianist on the album which is replete with music resonating with a modern jazz sensibility interpreted with his unique feeling of touch and timbre.

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Nick Mourlam Shows Off Temple Organ

Author: Matt Haines

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"Sunday, at the Community of Christ Temple, in Independence, MO, Nick Mourlam rattled the timbers and tested ears for the softest, highest, loudest and lowest sounds that the mighty Temple organ can produce. An organ performance graduate of the University of Kansas and pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree at the University of Notre Dame; he is planning auditions to pursue a doctorate, directly after graduation..."…

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Notre Dame Children's Choir and The J.J. Wright Trio To Perform Two Special Vesper Services

Author: Matt Haines

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.

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Congratulations Kevin Vaughn - DMA Organ student

Author: Janet Rudasics

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Kevin Vaughn, a first-year DMA student in Organ at Notre Dame, has advanced to the semi-final round of the National Young Organists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  Mr. Vaughn was chosen to be one of seven semi-finalists who will compete in Atlanta, Georgia in May.  Mr. Vaughn was selected as one of nineteen original competitors and subsequently submitted a recording of the required repertoire for the first round of the competition.…

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