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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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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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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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Thanks to the Efforts of ND Musicologist, Buxtehude Collected Works Edition Now Complete

Author: Noelle Elliott

With the appearance in March 2018 of Volumes 12 and 13 of The Collected Works of Dieterich Buxtehude, edited by Dr. Paul Walker of the Notre Dame Department of Music, the nearly 100-year project to present the composer’s complete œuvre in scholarly editions has finally reached its goal. It was a special challenge and distinction for Walker to edit these last two volumes because they include many of the composer’s largest works, in both length and size of performing forces. Volume 12 in particular, the largest of the entire set, includes only six pieces but would take nearly an hour and a half to perform in its entirety. Volume 13, while less extensive, encompasses many more pieces, including the only Buxtehude work for six voice parts, all of the composer’s occasional works (for weddings or funerals), and some puzzle canons. A project that began in Germany between the World Wars now finally crosses the finish line in 21st-century America due to Walker’s expertise as a leading scholar on 17th-century music.…

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Faculty Soprano Kiera Duffy Performs with the Berlin Philharmonic

Author: Noelle Elliott

Soprano Kiera Duffy, recently appointed as head of undergraduate voice studies in Notre Dame's Department of Music, will make her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in late January 2018 in Ravel's opera L'enfant et les sortilèges. The Berlin Philharmonic is consistently rated among the preeminent orchestras in the world.

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The Department of Music Welcomes Two Eminent Pianists to Campus

Author: Noelle Elliott

The fall semester saw the Department of Music welcome two eminent pianists to campus. Victor Rosenbaum, the greatly esteemed longtime faculty member of the New England Conservatory, offered two masterclasses, and Stephen Hough presented a residency as the Nanovic Institute for European Studies Visiting Artist.  

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ND Graduate Presents Research at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory

Author: Noelle Elliott

This November, Andrew Malilay White (class of ‘12) will present his research on the composition and social construction of nineteenth-century yodeling styles at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Arlington, Virginia. The Society’s Annual Meeting is the premiere venue in the field for “live” presentation of research; speakers are invited only after blind peer review of their proposals with an acceptance rate of approximately 20%. Andrew is in his third year as a PhD candidate in music theory at the University of Chicago—one of the top 2-3 doctoral programs nationwide. His primary interest is nineteenth-century improvisatory piano practice methods and the relationship between musical structure and bodily skill.…

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International Opera Superstar Deborah Voigt Appears in a Mini-Documentary about Her Artist's Residency at Notre Dame

Author: Noelle Elliott

Two-time Grammy Award winner and international opera superstar Deborah Voigt returned to the University of Notre Dame in October 2016 to continue her multi-year position as Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Music.  A special feature of the October 2016 residency was Ms. Voigt's performance of "God Bless America" at the football game between Notre Dame and the University of Miami on Saturday, October 29.  View the "First Time Fans" mini-documentary about her visit here…

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Music and Mathematics Major Excels in Summer Music Festival

Author: Noelle Elliott

Music and Honors Mathematics major Katie Gallagher, ’19, recently completed a summer of viola performance studies at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York as part of the Chautauqua Music Festival. This was Katie’s fourth time in residence at Chautauqua. The Festival’s course of study is distinctive for its holistic emphasis on three core components: solo repertoire, chamber music, and orchestral playing.…

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