Skyrocketing piano studies, thriving student clubs, success stories + more!
Skyrocketing piano studies, thriving student clubs, success stories + more!

A higher scale: Department transitions into its new home, a 'crown jewel' for music on campus

The move to the seven-story O'Neill Hall is a game-changer for the department, with a host of new opportunities for students and faculty. With more space, better climate control, and proper sound isolation — not to mention two new practice organs, 11 practice pianos, and four large Steinway pianos — the new facility represents a major step up.
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Piano studies is 'skyrocketing' with elite faculty, stellar students, and new facilities

With renowned musicians on the faculty, new opportunities to participate in student-led music groups, and unprecedented new spaces in O’Neill Hall, it is an exciting time for piano students at Notre Dame. The program is full of talented students who possess exceptional performance skills, outstanding intellectual ability, and a strong desire to pursue the balanced blend of performance and scholarship that makes the Notre Dame music major distinctive.
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Music professor John Liberatore to write composition for Harvard's Fromm Music Foundation

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.
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Thriving clubs showcase student compositions and build appreciation for classical music

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 active and ambitious groups — the Classical Music Club and the Composers' Consortium — with more than 200 members.
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Faculty soprano performs with Berlin Philharmonic

Soprano Kiera Duffy, recently appointed as head of undergraduate voice studies, made 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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'Once-in-a-generation talent' builds impressive composition resume of Notre Dame projects

Alex Mansour has written the score for a one-man play about University founder Rev. Edward Sorin, the theme for the University's capital campaign, and music for the football team's gameday intro video at Notre Dame Stadium. He is preparing to compose his senior thesis — an orchestral work for the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, and he has been asked to help orchestrate a television project for Netflix-DreamWorks.
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The Fall 2018 concert season at a glance

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