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Let's Hear It for Music History!

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  The Norton Guide to Teaching Music History, ed. C. Matthew Balensuela (New York, 2019) was awarded the 2020 Teaching Award from the American Musicological Society for innovative work in teaching music history and music appreciation at the Society’s Business Meeting on November 8, 2020. In announcing the award, AMS President Suzanne Cusick described the collection as “an exceptional pedagogical resource” that was “highly successful in its aim to be useful to both experienced and novice teachers of music history.” Professor Margot Fassler is one of the twenty contributors to this volume with the essay "Medieval Religious Women and Their Music Books: Online Resources for Teaching and Learning," pp. 16-28.…

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Associate Professor, Dylana Jenson To Give Virtual Violin Masterclass

Author: Noelle Elliott

Department of Music Associate Professor, Dylana Jenson will be having a virtual masterclass on October 16 and November 13. In a recent interview with violinist.com Jenson discussed her approach to the violin; helping people heal from playing-related injury, and injury prevention. She also shares her experience with teaching lessons during COVID-19.  You can see the interview in its entirety here.…

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Music Student Designs T-Shirt to Maintain Solidarity

Author: Noelle Elliott

At the start of an ordinary semester, O' Neill Hall would be full of music as the Department of Music and Sacred Music students prepare for a busy semester of recitals and concerts.  And although students have been practicing in the building, Covid-19 safety protocols this semester make in-person collaborative work next to impossible. With this in mind, piano major Kate Ragan ('21) designed a t-shirt to keep her fellow music students feeling connected.…

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Congratulations to the 2020 Department of Music Graduates

Author: Noelle Elliott

Mary Grace Babbo is graduating with a double major in the Program of Liberal Studies and Piano Performance, with a supplementary major in Italian Studies. She will be working as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. this fall at their Chicago office.  Saul Cortez is graduating with a Bass Trombone performance degree along with a minor in German. Given the current crisis, he will take a gap year and will look to continue his studies when everything returns to a certain degree of normal.…

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Current Keyboard Students and Alumni Excelling

Author: Noelle Elliott

We have some exciting news to report about current students and alumni from our keyboard department, who will be pursuing graduate study at three of the world’s most sought-after music institutions: -Matthew Ingwersen (’20) has been accepted into the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University for a Masters of Music in Organ Performance.…

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Virtuoso organist and scholar Kola Owolabi to join Notre Dame music and sacred music faculty

Author: Carrie Gates

Acclaimed organist Kola Owolabi will join the faculty of the Department of Music and Sacred Music at Notre Dame this fall as professor of music and head of the Graduate Organ Studio. Owolabi — whose expertise includes a broad range of organ repertoire, composition, choral conducting, church music, and improvisation — will replace Craig Cramer, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

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Notre Dame commencement to be held online; on-campus celebration scheduled for spring 2021

Author: Dennis Brown

In a letter today to the Class of 2020, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced that the University Commencement Ceremony on May 17 will be held online rather than in Notre Dame Stadium, and that an on-campus celebration has been scheduled for the spring of 2021. Father Jenkins made the decision after discussions with experts on infectious diseases, University deans, and student government and class officers as he continued to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Author: Noelle Elliott

COVID-19 UPDATE Due to Notre Dame's decision to move all courses online for the rest of the spring semester, all Department of Music concerts and recitals that were scheduled to occur in that time frame have been canceled. We will share more information on rescheduling at a later date.  See the latest update on the Coronavirus response efforts at coronavirus.nd.edu…

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Andrew Malilay White '12 receives Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship

Author: Noelle Elliott

Andrew Malilay White '12 received a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship from the Humanities Division of the University of Chicago. He is one of five PhD candidates in the humanities to receive the fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fellowship recipients design and teach an undergraduate course on a subject of their choosing that, while remaining separate from their dissertation research, nevertheless maintains connections to their broad humanistic interests. Recipients are chosen in order to provide the College with original and engaging course options.…

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Former music major Dan Crupi ’11 named executive director of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Author: Noelle Elliott

Former music major Dan Crupi ’11 has made waves in the orchestra administration world since leaving Notre Dame, working for several years at North Carolina’s Greensboro Symphony Orchestra before being named executive director of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He was recently interviewed by Notre Dame Magazine. You can read the entire article here. …

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New Scholarship for Summer Study

Author: Noelle Elliott

The Department of Music is very excited to announce the launch of The Boehnen Scholarship for Summer Study in Music. Thanks to the vision of Shari and David Boehnen, whose generosity to the music department over the years has been wide-ranging, this scholarship encourages music majors to enrich their musical education through participation in music festivals, university summer sessions, or other appropriate summer music programs. Notre Dame music majors undertake a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum. However, unlike students at conservatories and schools of music, they do so in conjunction with the added demands of a broadly-based liberal arts education that includes extensive University and College requirements, challenging electives, and often a second major as well. The Boehnen Scholarship helps defray the cost of summer study, which, by contrast, allows the ND student to focus exclusively on music for a significant span of time. Summer music study also provides opportunities for ND students to develop relationships with teachers at schools they may wish to attend for graduate study, and to gain the benefits of studying among a cohort of students who share their high artistic aspirations and dedication to music.…

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Emerita Professor Susan Youens Awarded Honorary Membership

Author: Noelle Elliott

Susan Youens, the Department of Music’s J. W. Van Gorkom Professor Emerita of Music, has been granted Honorary Membership in the Royal Music Association of the United Kingdom (RMA). Honorary Membership of the RMA is conferred, according to the award citation, “in recognition of substantial and long-standing contributions to musical scholarship, including published work and other activities in the field, such as editorships, conference organization, interaction with performing institutions and public bodies, and work for scholarly associations including the RMA itself.”…

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Graduating Seniors Secure Admission to Masters Programs at Leading Schools of Music

Author: Noelle Elliott

David Swenson, Kelvin Wu and Alex Mansour Faculty in the Department of Music are unanimous that the music majors in the class of 2019 are a highly-distinguished group, even by the Department’s stringent standards of excellence. Many of the Department’s majors study music as a liberal art and continue on either to graduate school or a career path in another discipline or profession. Every year the graduating class nevertheless includes a select few students with aspirations for careers in music, and with the talent and dedication to excel in that ambition. In recent years, the Department has placed students in masters and doctoral programs in performance at leading schools of music such as the Yale School of Music, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the College of Music at Florida State University, as well as in Ph.D. programs in music theory and musicology at such coveted departments as those at University of Chicago, University of California/Berkeley, and Brandeis University.…

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Margot Fassler, Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, Named a Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Author: Noelle Elliott

Cambridge, Mass.— Margot Fassler, Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, has been named a 2019–2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, joining more than 50 women and men in the incoming fellowship class as they pursue work across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. Fassler will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry at Harvard’s institute for advanced study. She is among just 3.7 percent of applicants accepted.…

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Head of Undergraduate Voice Studies gives a “stunning performance” in her debut with “Big Five” Orchestra.

Author: Noelle Elliott

Last week, Kiera Duffy, Associate Professor of the Practice in Voice and Head of Undergraduate Voice Studies, made her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in Mozart’s beloved solo motet for soprano, Exsultate, jubilate, under the baton of renowned conductor Harry Bicket. Alongside the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra belongs to an elite collective of American orchestras known historically as the “Big Five.” Its reputation for musical excellence is internationally recognized, with Gramophone Magazine…

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Alumnus brings together music performance and theory to examine historical piano improvisation 

Author: Emily McConville

Music theory and performance are often thought of as separate — you study the structures and history of music, or you master an instrument or your own voice. For Andrew White ’12, a doctoral student at the University of Chicago who studies how pianists practiced their instrument in the 19th century, putting the two together is “very intuitive.” White was able to make the two work in tandem as a Notre Dame undergraduate, where the Department of Music offers a unique blend of music performance and theory.

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ND Graduate Named Executive Director of Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus

Author: Noelle Elliott

The Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus announced this month the appointment of Daniel Malloy Crupi (’11) as its next executive director. Crupi will assume his post in March 2019 and joins The Santa Fe Symphony from the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, where he has served as chief operating officer since 2016. Prior to his role as COO, he served as director of development and public relations with the orchestra.…

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Recent ND Graduate Presents His Research on Opera at Prestigious International Conferences

Author: Noelle Elliott

This January found Edward Jacobson (class of ’13) back on campus as part of a visit to Chicago to present his research at a joint meeting of the Modern Language Association and the American Historical Association. This was the latest in a series of international conference presentations that Edward has given during his time in graduate school, including two meetings of the American Musicological Society (2016: Vancouver, BC; 2018: San Antonio, TX), the Biennial International Conference on 19th-century Music (2014: Toronto, ON; 2016: Oxford, UK; 2018: Huddersfield, UK), and the Transnational Opera Studies Conference (2017: Bern, CH). …

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