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Alumni Thrive in Music Theory

Author: Noelle Elliott

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…

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Seniors Heading to Grad School in Music

Author: Department of Music

Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2021 music majors! In addition to students who will attend medical school, enter the finance sector, teach in the ACE program, and many others, the following seniors have elected to continue their music education in graduate school, many with substantial scholarships:…

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Notre Dame piano performance alumna Megan Walsh named Director of Frost Preparatory Programs at the University of Miami

Author: Noelle Elliott

For Megan Walsh, being named the Director of the Frost Preparatory Program was something she had prepared for since her time as an undergraduate in the Department of Music. After she received a B.A. in Piano Performance in 2000 and an M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature in 2003 at the University of Notre Dame, she began her doctoral studies at the University of Miami and founded the Frost Preparatory Program. Now she is the Director of that Program. The Frost Preparatory Program is a pre-college music program that is intended to develop a child’s interests and abilities in music. It offers courses for children ages 0-18 ranging from music appreciation to preparation for music conservatories. Starting with 35 students in 2003, the Program has grown to approximately 500 students today. It employs 54 teachers, including University of Miami graduate and undergraduate students, recent graduates, Frost School of Music Faculty, and other renowned music teachers in the South Florida area.…

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For senior Veronica Mansour, creating and staging an original musical is the perfect blend of her English and music majors

Author: Sophia Lauber

When Veronica Mansour landed her first role in musical theater as Marcie in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at age 8, she never imagined she would one day write a musical of her own. She still has trouble believing it now. A senior English and music major with a minor in musical theatre, Mansour spent last semester workshopping her original musical, An Old Family Recipe, which will be filmed over the course of a few weeks and released to the public in a live-streamed opening night this spring.

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Stephen Lancaster and Kevin Vaughn's Recording of "Easter" Featured

Author: Noelle Elliott

Department of Music faculty baritone Stephen Lancaster and ND alumnus Kevin Vaughn's recording of "Easter" from Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical Songs" - from their 2018 Albany Records album "Sacred Song," the first album to feature the Murdy Family Organ by Paul Fritts (Opus 37) at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame - was recently featured on the March 29, 2021 program of nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams (American Public Media). https://www.pipedreams.org/episode/2021/03/29/easter-music…

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Notre Dame London Global Gateway, campus partners, launch new program exploring London through song

Author: Joanna Byrne

The Notre Dame London Global Gateway, along with six partners from across the University of Notre Dame campus, has launched the next in the London Book Club series, an interactive, educational enrichment program featuring Notre Dame’s expert faculty. The program, entitled “London in Song,” is led by Ian Newman, Assistant Professor of English and Fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. “As one of the central nodes of the global entertainment industry, London has a long and complex relationship to song, and much can be learned about the cultural life of the city through its song cultures,” said Newman. “‘London In Song’ explores the history of London by examining the popular music that it inspired.”

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A New Recording from Professor Stephen Lancaster

Author: Noelle Elliott

Music Department faculty member Stephen Lancaster, baritone, and French fortepianist Laure Colladant collaborated on a newly released recording of Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, Op. 39 on the Blue Griffin label. Recorded in the salon of the seventeenth century Château du Tertre in Sérigny, France, this intimate recording of Schumann's beloved song cycles features a rare, early nineteenth century Filippo Molitor fortepiano.…

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Let's Hear It for Music History!

Author: SMND

  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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Students Perform Lyric Theatre Scenes

Author: Department of Music

In October '20, Notre Dame voice students took to the Irish Green for an open-air concert of Lyric Theatre Scenes, featuring music from Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Norma, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Company, Follies, and many more. …

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Visiting Associate Professor, Dylana Jenson To Give Virtual Violin Masterclass

Author: Noelle Elliott

Department of Music Visiting 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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