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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.  

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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.

Music Professor Wins International Singing Competition

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.

Will Sievern, piano performance '14, won third prize in the American Fine Arts Festival competition.

April 15, 2013

Will Sievern, piano performance '14, won third prize in the American Fine Arts Festival competition, resulting in a solo performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York in May 2013. Will was also the first prize winner of the 2013 Skokie Valley Symphony competition in Chicago, and will be performing a concert with this orchestra at the North Shore Performing Arts Center on their 2013-14 season. Sievern studies with piano professor John Blacklow.

Music Major Uncovers, Publishes, and Performs

February 25, 2013

Finding and publishing long-forgotten musical compositions by classical composers is usually a project reserved for Ph.D. and master’s students. But don’t tell Samantha Osborn that. Last summer the Notre Dame music and pre-med major spent two weeks in Rome at the Conservatory of Saint Cecilia, where she was able to locate and duplicate eight of Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti’s handwritten cantatas. She will perform one of them this spring as part of her senior thesis recital.