September 15, 2014
Peter Smith, professor and chair of music at the University of Notre Dame, wryly confesses a suspicion that the University’s Department of Music might be “a bit too well-kept a secret.” He notes with satisfaction, even pride, that the students who come here to study music learn very quickly of the department’s excellence both in performance and in musical theory and scholarship, and he would like to see that excellence even better known.
Next month, Smith and two of his Notre Dame colleagues are going to do something about that. Smith, violin professor Tricia Park, and piano professor John Blacklow will tour three major cities in Asia, performing and teaching music and inviting Asian high school students and their families to think about studying music at Notre Dame.
August 13, 2014
Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will return to his hometown in September to inaugurate his artist-in-residence series with the Department of Music at the University of Notre Dame.
Gunn will spend one week each semester for the next four years teaching Notre Dame vocal students, visiting classes, coaching students as they prepare for OperaND’s annual performances and participating in public colloquia with faculty.
March 18, 2014
Stephen Lancaster has won the NATSAA (National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards) Central Region competition,
March 17, 2014
Since 2013, the Gesualdo String Quartet has been the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame where its duties combine performance with teaching and other outreach activities. Members include founder, violinist Tricia Park (ND’s full-time Violin Faculty), Robin Scott (violinist), Maurycy Banaszek (violist) and Andrew Janss (cellist). Named after Carlo Gesualdo, a composer of the late Renaissance who is noted for his expressive madrigals and sacred music, the Quartet musicians are selected from the top ranks of young musicians who are active and embarking on promising performing careers and are graduates of such top institutions as the Juilliard School and New England Conservatory of Music. The Gesualdo Quartet plays the full range of chamber music with a particular interest in commissioning new work and working closely with composers.…
December 13, 2013
October 24, 2013
“As a singer, I spend all my time dealing with texts. I sing poetry, I sing theatre, I’m singing in different languages, and all my training at Notre Dame helped me immensely for that,” says Paul Appleby ’05.
October 24, 2013
August 05, 2013
“We study not only the pieces of music that these composers wrote but where they grew up, who they learned music from, and how previous composers influenced the type of music that they wrote,” says Samantha Osborn, a music major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really can’t understand a piece of music until you understand the history, politics, art—all of the influences that helped create that piece of music.”
April 22, 2013
What role should government play in society? In religion? These enduring questions are at the heart of Opera Notre Dame’s upcoming performance of The Dialogues of the Carmelites, April 25-28 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
April 19, 2013
On April 1, 2013, Stephen Lancaster, assistant professional specialist in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Music, was named the male winner at the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. Held annually in New York City at Carnegie Hall, the competition is sponsored by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and the New York Opera Studio. By an audience vote, Lancaster was also declared the “favorite” among all the competitors.