Announcing the program of “Learning from the Masters; Learning from the People,” a Sacred Music Conference at Notre Dame



September 19-20, 2014, Notre Dame Conference Center, McKenna Hall
This program is subject to change. For the latest information please contact Daniel Stein at
Session 1- Friday, September 19, 10 a.m.
Modernism and Postmodernism in Latin America: derivative or prescient? The case of the sacred music of Mario Lavista. 
A dedicated session sponsored by the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Welcoming Remarks. Peter Holland, Associate Dean of the College
Introductory Remarks for the Conference and for the Session: Framing A Conversation about Sacred Music. Carmen-Helena Téllez, University of Notre Dame
Historic Sources of Parallel Streams: Bernardino de Sahagún’s Psalmodia Christiana and Catholic Formation Among the Mexica in Sixteenth-Century New Spain. Lorenzo Candelaria, University of Texas-El Paso
Mirrors of a Superior Order: Mario Lavista’s Religious Music. Ana Alonso-Minutti, University of New Mexico.
A Conversation on Sacred Music and the Goals of the Contemporary Artist-Composer in the Postmodern Era. Mario Lavista, Colegio Nacional de Mexico, with Carmen-Helena Téllez
Session 2 – Friday, September 19, 2 p.m.
Learning from the People: Sacred Music and Spiritual Formation
The Alleluia Project: A Program for Liturgical Participation Goes On Line, Margot Fassler, Director, Sacred Music at Notre Dame
Luther and the Chorale: The Birth of a New Participatory Liturgical Repertoire, Mary Frandsen, University of Notre Dame
Liturgical and Artistic Issues of the Large Church Music Program: The Case of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart Andrew McShane, Music Director, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
The Presbyterian Hymnal Project, David Eicher, St. Mary’s College
Reyes Hall: Works on Sacred Texts by Mario Lavista, Robert Kyr, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, performed by Notre Dame Vocale and guests Kosmologia  and the Larchmere Quartet.
Session 3 – Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.
Creative Sacred Music
This session is part of the “Creative Sacred Music” series at the Sacred Music Program, sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, Henkels Lecture Series
Reform, Revision and Restoration: Music for the Latin Rite, Kevin Allen, Monastery of the Holy Cross, Chicago
Communicating the Spiritual Message Through Musical Drama: Sacred Music by Jorge Muñiz, Jorge Muñiz, Indiana University-South Bend
The Music on Sacred Topics by Robert Kyr, Robert Kyr, University of Oregon and Oregon Bach Festival
Session 4 – Saturday, September 20, 2 p.m.
Music and the Liturgical Service
In this corner, the heavyweight champions: Gregorian Chant and Palestrina; and their lightweight opponents: Haugen, Haas and Joncas … Pastoral Reality or Conservatory Construct? Edward Foley, Capuchin, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
•Respondents: Wishart Bell, Marvin Curtis , Carrie Bowie, Hillary Doerries, Susan May, Paul Walker
“Diverse Traditions in Catholic Music – a Banquet to Which All Are Called.”, Steve Warner, Director of the Folk Choir, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Readings of works by young composers and proposed examples by the lecturers. Private meetings in composition.
Anonymous 4 in their farewell tour, 7:30 pm in Leighton Hall

SMND Announces Sacred Music Conference

Learning from the Masters. Learning from the People.


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“What constitutes great sacred music? Should we prefer the historical repertories of chant, polyphony  and baroque cantatas that have been recognized for their beauty and spiritual refinement? Or do we embrace the music of the people and of the times?  Do we judge the quality of sacred music on the basis of its intrinsic beauty or for its capacity to promote congregational participation? Should liturgical music have a separate style than music for everyday life?  Can we question the role of contemporary popular styles and of publishers’ anthologies if they appeal to the congregation?

A distinguished group of composers, scholars and conductors will examine these topics from their individual perspectives, to ascertain if the beauty and spiritual inspiration of sacred music can emerge from different models, practices and performance contexts. The discussions will be complemented by readings of new works of sacred music proposed by emerging composers and conductors registered in the colloquium. Young composers will be able to discuss their scores privately with the master composers of the conference.”
A full program will be posted here shortly

Dr. Robert Kyr,
 Professor of Music, University of Oregon, Resident Composer, the Oregon Bach Festival and Capella Romana

Mario Lavista, Music Chair, Colegio Nacional de México, Winner of the Tomás Luis de Victoria Ibero-American Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Composition

Jorge Muñiz, Associate Professor of Composition, Indiana University South Bend

Kevin Allen, Sacred Music Composer and Pedagogue, Monastery of the Holy Cross, Chicago

Dr. Marvin Curtis Composer, Dean of the Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend

Dr. Margot Fassler, Musicologist, Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame
Dr. Michael Driscoll, Liturgical Stduies, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Edward Foley,  Capuchin, Professor of Liturgy and Music, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

Dr. Lorenzo Candelaria, Musicologist, Associate Professor, University of Texas El Paso

Ana Alonso Minutti,  Musicologist, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico

Mary Frandsen, Musicologist, Associate Professor of Music, University of Notre Dame

Plus a distinguished panel of sacred music directors of the region:

Dr. Andrew McShane, Director of Music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame

Steve Warner,  Director, Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart’s Folk Choir

David Eicher, Editor, Glory to God, The New Presbyterian Hymnal
Hillary Doerries, Music Director, Chirst the King Lutheran Church, South Bend

Dr. Wishart Bell, Founding Artistic Director of Vesper Chorale Inc. and of the Children Choir of Michiana

Susan May, Choir Director, First Presbyterian Church, Mishawaka

Carrie Bowie, Liturgy Director, Sisters of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Loretto Chapel

Performances and Readings by:

Kosmologia, C.H. Tellez, conductor: Music by Kyr, Lavista and Victoria, Friday September 19

Anonymous 4, Sacred Music of the 14th Century, Saturday, September 20
Learning from the Masters; Learning from the People” is made possible with support by the  Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, Henkels Lecture Series and The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

Chris Dekker, D.M.A. Organ, Wins Prestigious Sacred Music Scholarship

Second year doctoral student Christopher Dekker Publicityhas been awarded a scholarship from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMWA).  Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any denomination intending to pursue a career in sacred music, the award was given to the candidate showing the greatest potential for outstanding promise of future impact in the field, as exemplified by their current work and schooling.  This news will be featured in an article in the October edition of the FUMWA magazine and in other publications of the United Methodist Church.


Mother’s Day Vespers at St. Joe Parish

Sacred Music at Notre Dame Presents: A New Jazz Vespers Service Dedicated to Our Mothers.

Come join the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, The J.J. Wright Group, and Faculty and Staff from the Program of Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame for a participatory Vesper’s Service at St. Joseph’s Church in South Bend, IN. Continue reading