Artists in Residence
Baritone Nathan Gunn
In September 2014, the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award winning baritone and South Bend native Nathan Gunn inaugurated a multi-year position as Artist-in-Residence with the Department of Music. Nathan is a major star in the world of vocal performance with many years of engagements at the world's great opera houses and collaborations with leading symphony orchestras. He has committed to being on the Notre Dame campus for one week each semester for the next several years. In addition to public performances, he will teach our vocal students, visit our classes to work with our students in a scholarly context, coach our students as they prepare the annual performances of OperaND, and participate in public colloquia with our faculty. This collaboration promises to greatly benefit our students, enrich the arts environment on campus, and draw attention to the excellence of the Department of Music.
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The Solera Quartet is the String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame where its duties combine performance with teaching and outreach
activities. The Solera Quartet plays the full range of chamber music with a particular interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and the commissioning of new works, developing them closely with composers, actors, singers theatre directors and writers.
The Solera Quartet members - Tricia Park and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins, Molly Carr, viola and Andrew Janss, cello - have come together from the top rank of young musicians who are actively engaged in major performing careers. They have been featured in such world-renowned international venues as Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Orchard Hall in Tokyo, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. They have also participated in prestigious festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, LaJolla Summerfest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Music from Angelfire. Noteworthy accomplishments include an Avery Fisher Career grant; a Grammy Award nomination; top prizes at international competitions; and artist roster appointments at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Members are graduates of the Juilliard School, Harvard College, New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan and the Yale Schools of Music.
All four members of the Solera Quartet are also artist-entrepreneurs in their own right, leading and curating festivals, series, and ensembles such as A Far Cry, the Grammy-nominated, self-conducted chamber orchestra from Boston; MusicIC, a summer festival combining music and literature, based in Iowa City, home of the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an UNESCO City of Literature; the Omega Ensemble, a NY-based series that presents and supports the next generation of world class young artists; and Project Music Heals Us, a Connecticut-based chamber music series whose main goal is to share the healing power of music with the underserved, especially the elderly, hospitalized and rehabilitating.