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.…
For Christopher Chowrimootoo, there’s nothing unusual about a musicologist teaching in the Great Books program. That’s because, like his research, the Program of Liberal Studies is fundamentally interdisciplinary. He primarily tries to bring music into wider conversations about the “middlebrow” in literature, film studies, and cultural history. This originally pejorative term implied cultural aspiration, using “highbrow” art to achieve a higher social and aesthetic status.
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.
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.
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…
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" …
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.…
Craig Cramer, Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame, discusses the tremendous new organs at Notre Dame, recruiting strategies for a university program, and current trends in Catholic church music in the U.S. with Vox Humana Editor Christopher Holman. Read the complete interview…
The Cincinnati May Festival, North America’s oldest choral festival, announced recently that conductor Matthew Swanson, ND ’11, will assume the role of Associate Director of Choruses and Director of the May Festival Youth Chorus in July 2018
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.
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.
It started two years ago with a handful of Notre Dame undergraduates and a desire to share their love of music. Today, that passion has resulted in two thriving student groups — the Classical Music Club and the Composers’ Consortium — with more than 200 members.
On Saturday, March 24, 2018, music students donned their best attire and headed to LaFortune Ballroom to dance the night away at the first ever Music Major Formal, an exciting event sponsored by both the Department of Music and the Classical Music Club.
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.…
Tenor Alek Shrader, the Music Department's incoming artistic director of Opera ND, recently received his second Grammy Award nomination.
John Liberatore is captivated by the glass harmonica, an archaic 18th-century instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin. And he is fascinated by how the latest technological innovations are changing music composition and performance. The juxtaposition of the two is at the heart of his next composition — titled “In White Spaces” — which has been commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. He is one of just 12 composers to receive the prestigious commission this year.
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.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded Nathan Gunn with the Swanlund Endowed Chair, the highest honor the University can bestow upon its faculty
Professor Emeritus of Musicology Calvin Bower, was presented with the Claude V. Palisca Award at this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, for his musical edition entitled The Liber Ymnorum of Notker Balbulus (Henry Bradshaw Society, 2016).
Notre Dame junior Alex Mansour admits he's not much of a sports fan. Yet, when confronted with a crunch-time challenge, he came through with a prime-time performance befitting any Irish athlete making a game-winning play. Mansour's assignment? Create the musical score for the 80-second video that would be shown on the Notre Dame Stadium video board just before the Irish team took the field. Three days before the 2017 Irish season opener against Temple, the video remained incomplete — and Mansour was on the spot.