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Construction of O'Neill Hall of Music is Well Underway

Author: Noelle Elliott

Construction of O'Neill Hall of Music is well underway, and the building is on-schedule to open for the winter-spring semester of 2018.  View this video of Department Chair Peter Smith discussing the features of the building and get a sneak preview of the LaBar Family Recital Hall, one of the two state-of-the-art performance venues on the ground floor.  O'Neill Hall will also house the music library, classrooms and seminar rooms, a large lecture hall, rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, and faculty offices, all tailored to the specific needs of the Department of Music and the Program of Sacred Music.…

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ND Music Majors Admitted to Competitive National and International Summer Programs

Author: Noelle Elliott

Several current music majors, in performance and composition, were admitted to competitive festivals which take place during 2017 Summer. In addition to many performing opportunities, these students will also study with renowned faculty from other universities and conservatories, and collaborate with other advanced performers from around the world.   Zhengyi Zhang

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SMND Releases Documentary Film about Coptic Liturgical Chant: Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City

Author: Matt Haines

Where the Hudson Meets the NileTeaching Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City, a short documentary film by Christian Jara and Margot Fassler, explores theways chant has been taught at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City by singers David Labib and Steve Soliman, with attention to the place of the music in the formation of communal identity. Filmed over several years of time, the film enters into teaching practices within a completely memorized oral tradition developed by the singers to encourage children and youth to learn a vast and highly complex repertory of melodies.Through this teaching children are prepared for roles in the church of the future as congregants, as deacons, and as future monks and priests.The Coptic Orthodox Church has grown exponentially since the 1960’s when St. Mark’s in Jersey City was founded. There are now nearly 200 Coptic churches in the USA and two monasteries, and the chant is central to the liturgical practices and institutional lives of these establishments. The teaching skills displayed by Labib and Soliman in their work include breaking down melismas to their simplest components, developing personalized systems of “notation” to trigger thememory, comparative study of master chanters, and mastery of the Coptic texts so the singer understands what is being sung and can pray while singing. The film concentrates upon several stages of learning, with an emphasis on the use of technology both within the service, and for personal and group study. Commentary on footage of music and the liturgy is provided through a filmed conversation between musicologist Margot Fassler, an outsider to thetradition, and Bishop Kyrillos (Formerly Fr. John Paul Abdelsayed), a theologian and auxiliary bishop in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.…

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Leading Mozart Exponent and ND Artist-In-Residence Nathan Gunn Helps Students Prepare Opera ND's performance of Mozart's Magic Flute

Author: Noelle Elliott

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Nathan Gunn, Grammy Award-winning Metropolitan Opera baritone and artist-in-residence for the Department of Music, has visited campus twice this spring to help the students prepare for Opera Notre Dame's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).  Gunn has sung the role of Papageno from this opera in many of the world's leading opera houses in his impressive 25 year career.…

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Margot Fassler Elected President of the Medieval Academy of America

Author: Matt Haines

The Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce the election of Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, as President of the Medieval Academy.

The Medieval Academy of America is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum, and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships. Professor Fassler’s year-long term will culminate with her Presidential Address at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy on 2 March 2018 at Emory University. Additional duties and responsibilities include presiding at meetings of the Academy’s Council, Executive Committee, and Corporation, and representing the Academy at home and abroad. She will also be responsible for appointing the Chair of the Nominating Committee and members of the selection committees for the Academy’s Haskins Medal and John Nicholas Brown Prize.…

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Notre Dame receives $25 million gift for O’Neill Hall

Author: Dennis Brown

The gift was made to the University by Helen Schwab and her husband, Charles, in honor of her brother Joe O’Neill. O’Neill Hall joins Corbett Family Hall and the Duncan Student Center as the three structures surrounding Notre Dame Stadium, and will be a six-story, 100,000-square-foot building for the Department of Music, the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, and hospitality space, with completion scheduled for August.

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Three of the World’s Leading Collaborative Pianists to Teach and Perform at Notre Dame

Author: Noelle Elliott

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Not one, not two, but three of the world’s most eminent collaborative pianists—Martin Katz, Roger Vignoles, and J.J. Penna—will be visiting the University of Notre Dame in Spring 2017 both to perform and teach public masterclasses for our students. To accompany the most accomplished singers and instrumentalists takes unique skill, distinct from solo piano artistry, and the three musicians who will be honoring us with their presence are world-famous for their mastery. Add to these visits the ongoing residencies of two great singers, the dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt

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The Department of Music Welcomes 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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