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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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ND Student Composer Prepares for Graduate School and Reflects on His Time at ND in Notre Dame Magazine Feature

Author: Noelle Elliott

When he graduates in May, Alex Mansour plans to become a composer. Well, that isn’t accurate exactly — though he’s still a full-time student, Mansour is already a composer. If you’ve been to a football game or watched a Notre Dame promo video in the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard some of his tunes. But in a few months, the darling of the music department will be taking his talents to the big leagues. As he plans his next steps, Mansour looks forward to a career that features piano, cello and composition — an ambitious but appropriate trajectory for a student whom Department of Music…

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Music Department Alum Appointed to Artistic Leadership Position while Excelling as Scholar and Teacher

Author: Noelle Elliott

Jacques Dupuis (‘11) was recently appointed a member of the board of directors for Boston-based choral-orchestral ensemble Calliope, following tenures as its assistant music director (2013-2016) and artistic director (2017-2018). As Calliope’s artistic director, he worked to diversify programming, creating performing editions and leading performances of large-scale works by composers in demographics generally underrepresented in performance canons, like Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Cécile Chaminade, and Amy Beach. He will continue to support this mission in his role as a board member.…

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Music/Math Double Major Katie Gallagher Named a 2019 Marshall Scholar

Author: Erin Blasko

University of Notre Dame senior and music/math double major Katie Gallagher has been named a 2019 Marshall Scholar. Gallagher, of Naperville, Illinois, will study math at the University of Oxford. She is one of 10 Notre Dame students awarded one of the prestigious open-discipline British scholarships — Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Gates Cambridge — since 2013.…

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College of Arts and Letters launches new minor in musical theatre

Author: Carrie Gates

Notre Dame has launched an interdisciplinary minor in musical theatre — a collaboration between the Departments of Music and Film, Television, and Theatre — which can be customized for students interested in performing, songwriting, directing, conducting, or scholarship. The program begins at a time when dramatic, music-based performances are thriving on campus, including Opera Notre Dame’s recent productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and a world-premiere operatic version of As You Like It as well as FTT musicals such as Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors.

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Albany Records Releases Portrait Album of Faculty Composer John Liberatore

Author: Noelle Elliott

On August 1, 2018, the Albany Record Label released “Line Drawings,” a portrait album dedicated to the chamber music of Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory John Liberatore.     The disc includes five premiere recordings of works written since 2015, featuring several high-caliber and accomplished artists: the Mivos Quartet, Bent Frequency, and Grammy award-winning flautist Molly Barth, among others. 

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ND Music Major Awarded an Advanced Training Scholarship from Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Author: Noelle Elliott

Vocal performance major Aileen Markovitz ‘19 was recently awarded the 2018 Advanced Training Scholarship from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis (OTSL), a leading American opera company noted for its longstanding tradition of discovering exceptional young singers and promoting American composers and librettists. Notre Dame voice faculty members Kiera Duffy…

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Music Major Triumphs in Piano Competition in China

Author: Noelle Elliott

Zhengyi Zhang, class of '18, was awarded first prize in the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in China, held in Shanghai in preparation for the Liszt International Competition in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Chosen from a field of 70 semifinalists, she will advance to the next stage of the competition in Utrecht.  Her repertoire included Liszt's "La leggierezza" …

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Another Banner Year for ND Music Majors Attending Summer Music Festivals

Author: Noelle Elliott

Several current music majors, in performance and composition, were admitted to competitive festivals that take place during the Summer of 2018. In addition to many performing opportunities, these students will also study with renowned faculty from other universities and conservatories, and collaborate with other advanced performers from around the world.…

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Music Library Acquires Rare Set of Schumann Lieder in Honor of Retiring Faculty Member Susan Youens

Author: Noelle Elliott

The recent retirement of Dr. Susan Youens, J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music, was cause for a celebration of the esteemed scholar’s teaching, research, and contributions to academic and musical life at the University of Notre Dame. To recognize her long-standing support for the library, the Department of Music and the Hesburgh Libraries acquired a special four-volume set of Lieder by Robert Schumann in her honor.

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Piano studies is ‘skyrocketing’ at Notre Dame with elite faculty, stellar students, and new facilities

Author: Carrie Gates

With renowned musicians on the faculty, new opportunities to participate in student-led music groups, and a beautiful new home for the department in O’Neill Hall, it is an exciting time for piano students at Notre Dame. The program is full of extremely talented students who possess not only exceptional performance skills but also outstanding intellectual ability and a strong desire to pursue the balanced blend of performance and scholarship that makes the Notre Dame music major distinctive.

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