JUST RELEASED: Stephen Lancaster & Martin Katz "Le Menu des Mélodies"

November 11, 2014

Stephen Lancaster, Assistant Professional Specialist in the Department of Music has just released "Le Menu des Mélodies". 



Recorded at Blue Griffin Studio with Martin Katz, piano, the French art song Centaur Records release includes commissioned songs by Canadian composer J. Scott Brubacher, as well as art songs and song cycles by Gounod, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and Caplet. 

Letting Asia in on a musical secret

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.

Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn to serve as artist-in-residence at Notre Dame

August 13, 2014

Nathan Gunn

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.

Faculty member Stephen Lancaster Wins Award

March 18, 2014

Stephen Lancaster has won the NATSAA (National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards) Central Region competition,

The Department of Music Welcomes a New Quartet-in-Residence

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.…

Kevin Vaughn Advances to Semi-Finals at the NYACOP

December 13, 2013

Kevin Vaughn, Doctor of Musical Arts student has advanced to the semi-final round of the National Organ Playing Competition of the American Guild of Organists.  


This is the most prestigious organ competition in the United States and it is a great honor and a great testament to…

Video: Liberal Arts Approach Distinguishes Arts and Letters Alumnus as Opera Singer

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.

Paul Appleby '05 Stars in New Metropolitan Opera Production

October 24, 2013

Tenor Paul Appleby '05, stars as Brian in The Metropolitan Opera's new production of composer Nico Muhly's, Two Boys.

Video: Meet Music Major Samantha Osborn

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.”

Opera Notre Dame to Stage Dialogues of the Carmelites

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.