Dear Choral Conducting Applicants and Colleagues,
Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame is accepting applications for its Master of Sacred Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (sacredmusic.nd.edu), which prepares students to work in church, education, university, and professional ensemble settings. Our choirs are in full swing in our outdoor rehearsal and performance spaces in the Notre Dame football stadium. Watch our video, There Will Be Singing, to learn more: https://www.nd.edu/stories/there-will-be-singing/.
The University of Notre Dame is a top 20 nationally ranked school that offers full tuition, generous stipends, and assistantships working as choir directors at local churches and with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. Student stipends range from $12,500-$19,000 annually.
Four graduate students are admitted each year and our program is ideal for students interested in positions within churches and cathedrals, K-12 schools, and professional or university environments. Our diverse students have come from the United States, England, Nigeria, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, and South Africa.
Highlights of studying at Sacred Music at Notre Dame include:
-Fully-paid choral ensembles for graduate recitals
-Recital with a chamber orchestra
-Funded trips to England, Rome, and the Republic of Georgia to study and perform
-Recent masterclasses include: Anne Howard Jones, Stephen Cleobury, Benjamin Saunders, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kimberly Dunn Adams, Jan Harrington, Alfred Calabrese, Donald Nally, Mark Miller, and, this spring, Dale Warland
-Study with scholars of Gregorian chant, Hildegard, Bach, Brahms, Schenkerian Analysis, and Composition
-Directing ensembles of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir – English cathedral choir combined with training choirs using Kodaly music education approach (sma.nd.edu)
Our conducting team includes:
-Dr. Mark Doerries, Head of the Graduate Conducting Program and Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir
-Dr. Carmen Telléz, Latin American music, and interdisciplinary arts specialist
-Dr. Nancy Menk, Women’s choir and new-music specialist
-Dr. Alexander Blachly, Early-music scholar
Our Alumni currently work at:
-University of Notre Dame, Basilica of the Sacred Heart
-Emory and Henry College
-Minot State University
-Madeleine Choir School
-Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
-Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Cathedral of Raleigh, NC
-Catholic and Public Schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Vermont, and Utah
-Parishes in Massachusetts, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Minnesota, South Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana
Interested applicants may learn more about our program and apply by visiting our website: sacredmusic.nd.edu. Applicants should not hesitate to contact Dr. Mark Doerries by email () or phone (574-631-6528) to discuss the program in greater detail.
Our application deadline is December 15, 2020.
COVID-19 Accommodations: Choral conducting applicants should do their best to safely record and submit videos of themselves conducting a choir (conductors and singers may wear masks). If you cannot put together a full choir, we will accept videos of the conductor working with a piano and a small groups of 4-6 singers. Videos made prior to February 2020 will be accepted.
We look forward to receiving your application. Apply at sacredmusic.nd.edu.
Mark Doerries, D.M.
Head of the Graduate Conducting Studio
Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir
Associate Professor of the Practice of Conducting
Director of Graduate Studies, Sacred Music at Notre Dame