• Department of Music
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Music

Perform with passion. Study with rigor. Learn with discernment.  

Following Notre Dame’s rich liberal arts tradition, our Department combines different forms of music making with serious research that explores theories, histories, and cultures of music.

We promote excellence in musical performance, composition, and scholarship in a spirit of inclusion, bringing together students with various skills and diverse backgrounds to study and collaborate with our distinguished and dedicated faculty in first-rate facilities.

The Musical Mansours

The recent graduates have carved unique and impressive paths in the music world. Siblings blazed own creative paths at Notre Dame Ronnie Mansour was 2 and a half years old when she followed her older brother Alex to a piano lesson. After he finished playing a Mozart piece, she jumped on the bench and started to play the song by ear.

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First-Year Journey: James Bennett '25, Computer Science and Music Major

James Bennett '25 has been playing the piano for about 12 years. He started playing around the age of six. His older sister had taken piano lessons and Bennett's mom asked him if he'd like to take them too. He said yes and soon he was learning at a quicker pace than the other piano students. It became clear that Bennett had an aptitude for the piano. He continued playing, both learning new pieces and learning to create his own music. In high school, he was part of the orchestra.

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Alumni Thrive in Music Theory

Two recent alumni are thriving in the elite graduate theory program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Their success points to the unusual access Notre Dame’s undergraduates have to the department’s own prestigious theory and composition faculty, consisting of Professors Peter Smith, Johanna Frymoyer and John Liberatore.

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Events

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Heather Wiebe, Lecture: Mobilizing Music in Wartime British Film: Humphrey Jennings and the National Gallery Concerts

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Location: 306 O'Neill Hall

In the mythology around Second World War Britain, the pianist Myra Hess’s lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery hold a prominent place. In September 1939, theaters and concert halls had been hastily closed and public gatherings prohibited. The National Gallery concerts constituted some of the first glimmers of normal cultural life in wartime, and would continue to be held every weekday throughout the war. They were widely seen as a testament to British fortitude, to a widespread ‘hunger’ for the arts, and to the necessity of music even in a state of total war. In a sign of their cultural importance, the concerts featured frequently in wartime films, most powerfully in the experimental documentaries of Humphrey Jennings. However, as this paper will suggest, these films seem to approach the concerts as a kind of problem, raising questions about the role of sound, music, and listening in total war, and about the limits and costs of music’s mobilization.…

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Notre Dame Chorale: Messiah

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Location: Leighton Concert Hall

A tradition the world over, including at Notre Dame, Alexander Blachly leads the Chorale, Festival Baroque Orchestra, and student soloists in Handel’s beloved Messiah. For tickets, call 574-631-2800 or performingarts.nd.edu. …

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Notre Dame Chorale: Messiah

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Location: Leighton Concert Hall

A tradition the world over, including at Notre Dame, Alexander Blachly leads the Chorale, Festival Baroque Orchestra, and student soloists in Handel’s beloved Messiah. For tickets call 574-631-2800 performingarts.nd.edu. …

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