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The Department of Music Welcomed Revered Pianist Ann Schein

Author: Noelle Elliott

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The Department of Music recently welcomed revered pianist Ann Schein for a weekend residency. In addition to a recital of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin, she presented a masterclass during which undergraduate students Joanne Kim, Audrey Steiner, Kelvin Wu, and Zhengyi Zheng, presented works of Bach, Chopin and Liszt. Ann Schein represents a unique link to piano legends of the past, having studied with Arthur Rubinstein, Dame Myra Hess, and Mieczyslaw Munz. The wisdom of her teachers, combined with her own experiences as a multifaceted musician, shone in her very detailed and encouraging work with the students.…

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Notre Dame cellist and music major Alex Mansour earns admission to the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar

Author: Noelle Elliott

Cellist Alex Mansour '19 was selected out of an estimated 400 students who auditioned for the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

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Now celebrating its 45th season, the New York String Orchestra Seminar brings some of the nation’s most promising young musicians together for an intensive workshop culminating in a gala performance at Carnegie Hall in December. Alumni of the the Seminar have gone on to play in orchestras around the globe, taken teaching roles in conservatories, and had active careers as soloists, among them cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  Founded by legendary violinist Alexander Schneider of the Budapets String Quartet and currently led by violinist Jaime Laredo, the program offers outstanding high school and college-aged string and wind musicians the chance to work with some of today’s foremost artists. Seminar participants are introduced to a musical philosophy that emphasizes self-expression beyond technical mastery. …

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Aileen Markowitz ‘19 was recently awarded the Opera Theater of St. Louis Monsanto Artist-in-Training Advanced Study Scholarship

Author: Noelle Elliott

Aileen Markowitz ‘19 was recently awarded the Opera Theater of St. Louis Monsanto Artist-in-Training Advanced Study Scholarship. This competition was open to alumni of the Opera Theater of St. Louis Artist-in-Training program who are studying voice at the university level, including graduate students. Aileen is a student of Deborah Mayer.…

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Solera Quartet Performs to Rave Reviews at the Virginia Arts Festival

Author: Noelle Elliott

"Only about a year old, the New York-based ensemble, displayed a sense of musical cohesion and interpretive understanding usually found in groups of longer, more established tenure.It was an impressive hearing of top notch, intense playing that reflected the group's notable skills.The members (Tricia Park and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violin; Molly Carr, viola; Andrew Janss, cello) brought to the fare stylish presentations, carefully crafted interpretations, and abundant technique and flair--a brilliant physical and musical display of abundant youthful enthusiasm and talent."

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Pianist Daniel Schlosberg earns the title of "Mr. Versatility"

Author: Noelle Elliott

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg is Mr. Versatility. Solo recitalist. Orchestral soloist. Solo accompanist. Chamber musician. Now based in Chicago, the Los Angeles native can do it all, and he regularly gets calls for his services from a broad range of the city’s classical musicians and ensembles, including eighth blackbird, Dempster St. Pro Musica and the Avalon String Quartet, as well as others across the country.

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Major New Book on Franz Schubert Dedicated to Professor Susan Youens, J.W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music

Author: Noelle Elliott

This anthology includes essays by an international coterie of the world's best scholars in the field and is dedicated "with admiration, love and gratitude" to Susan Youens, J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, who also contributed one of the essays (an expanded version of the keynote address at the conference where this collection was born).

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Ambition Pays off In Opera Notre Dame's As You Like It

Author: Noelle Elliott

SOUTH BEND — Opera Notre Dame's decision to commission and stage an operatic version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" was an ambitious undertaking. It's a credit to all parties involved that Thursday's opening-night performance at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center was such a success, a highly enjoyable show on multiple levels.

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Ambition Pays off In Opera Notre Dame's As You Like It

Author: Noelle Elliott

SOUTH BEND — Opera Notre Dame's decision to commission and stage an operatic version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" was an ambitious undertaking. It's a credit to all parties involved that Thursday's opening-night performance at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center was such a success, a highly enjoyable show on multiple levels.

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Margot Fassler Featured in Women Lead Article by Notre Dame

Author: Matt Haines

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Margot Fassler has been featured in the Women Lead article by Notre Dame on International Women Day this Tuesday, March 8th. In the article she talks about her professional accomplishments and personal triumphs that have lead her to her current position at Notre Dame, as well as the power of women in the liturgical world.…

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Voice majors to study in Italy

Author: Noelle Elliott

Vocal Performance majors Katie Surine '18 and Aileen Markowitz '19 have both been selected to attend the Ezio Pina Council of American Singers of Opera ( EPCASO) this summer in Oderzo, Italy.  The EPCASO program is an intense six-week study program in the Veneto region of Italy specifically for young singers who show great promise in the areas of Italian Opera. The students will have Italian lessons daily and will participate in numerous concerts and staged performances. They have the opportunity to study daily with sopranos Claudia Pinza and Marias Chiara, conductor Maurizio Arena, famed La Scala coach Enza Ferrara, and will also work on Baroque music with mezzo soprano

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Student Spotlight: Camilla Tassi '16

Author: Jessica Baron

Camilla Tassi is a member of the class of 2015 and 2016, participating in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values’ original education program, The Reily Five Year Dual-Degree Program in Arts and Letters / Engineering (AL/ENG). Through this program, she has pursued and excelled in both music performance and computer science & engineering, two seemingly disparate disciplines that she has managed to pull together with impressive results. As of January 2016, she has already been offered her choice of a job in engineering/computer science, one in music, and the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree. 

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Who Hires Liberal Arts Majors

Author: Noelle Elliott

December 09, 2015 • Todd Boruff


Graduates of the College of Arts and Letters are in demand in the business world.

“We hire Notre Dame liberal arts majors into a lot of different positions,” said Nick LoManto, manager of the finance leadership development program at Vanguard, an investment management company. “You could be in marketing in a client-facing role, in investments, finance, or accounting. We’ve seen Arts and Letters students from Notre Dame be successful regardless of the major that they came from.”…

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti Awarded the H.Colin Slim Award

Author: Matt Haines

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti has been awarded the H.Colin Slim Award for his essay “Tartini and the Tongue of Saint Anthony”.

“The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year (2015) in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career and who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.” (http://www.ams-net.org/awards/slim.php

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Freshman starts Notre Dame Classical Music Club

Author: Noelle Elliott

Aileen Markovitz would like to encourage her peers to experience a new love for classical music.   Her first semester as a college student wasn't even half way completed when she started a classical music club.   I was able to ask her a few questions and get information for other students who may be interested in learning about different forms of classical music.  Aileen is a freshman vocal performance/math major from St. Louis, Missouri. If you are interested in joining the club, please contact Noelle Elliott. 

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