As Associate Director, she collaborated with Steve in composing and arranging much of the music of the choir over the years, including the Mass for Our Lady, published through World Library. Just as important as giving the affirmation is receiving it graciously with eye contact and a simple ‘thank you’. While working on campus, Steve founded programs with the goal of enhancing the integrity of sacred music at the University. My children attend a Montessori school that was founded by Clare’s parents. Steven Warner received his B.A. The choir does everything from world music and spirituals, to motets and Anglican anthems. As Business Manager of the choir in very uncertain times, he is excited to find creative and innovated ways to market us Folkheads and spread our ministry through song and prayer. Steve joined the Office of Campus Ministry staff at Notre Dame in 1979. Due to the social isolation orders that led to the postponement of all performances, the Notre Dame Folk Choir has decided to release its newest album early. After forming the Notre Dame Folk Choir, he began leading it on pilgrimages to Ireland every few years starting in 1988. Karen has been with the choir for 20 years, and in addition to being an incredible player, has been so generous in walking with me during this time of transition. When I heard about the Sacred Music program at Notre Dame, I jumped at the opportunity to study Sacred Music in a formal way, and much to my surprise after I arrived, was encouraged to experiment with ways to thoughtfully meld the two traditions. Choral Program Director and Organist, Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir (574) 631-5652. Awareness, Wisdom, Will: A “Culture of Care”–in Liturgy, Pray Tell: An open forum on faith in South Texas. They are big shoes to fill, but it’s also a huge honor to have the opportunity to try and fill them! What new directions do you have in mind for the future? We rehearse Tuesday and Thursday nights for an hour and a half each, and Sunday morning before the Mass. She lives in Pasquerilla East and her favorite Folk Choir song is Cleavinger's "Bless the Corners." Aug 1997 – Present 23 years 1 month. The students come with all different interests and we have a broad cross-section of majors including engineers, scientists, architects, and designers. Instagram. arrow_drop_uparrow_drop_down The Notre Dame Liturgical Choir is a continuation of the Chapel Choir, which originated in 1969 and was officially founded in 1973. PTB: Any conversations about changing the name? She wants to meet people where they're at and give them the support they need along the journey. The Notre Dame Folk Choir serves Notre Dame as one of the principal liturgical choirs, singing every Sunday during the academic year in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Members of the choir come from a variety of academic disciplines, but are brought together by a shared love of music. I feel like the most important part of the job so far has been to observe the charism of the choir and to become a great student of the tradition that this group has built over the past 35+ years. Each fall and spring the ensemble performs a repertoire of classics and rarely heard works by composers from the Renaissance to the present in Leighton Concert Hall. She is excited to support members of the choir and the Notre Dame community as we sing great music and have lots of fun! We all realize you love jazz, however jazz is the clear minority in catholic choirs. I have deeply appreciated the opportunity to work with each of you as the Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. JJW: Well, the way Steve explained it to me is that “Folk” refers to “the people”. Murphy is one of 60 members of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, a liturgical choir that performs in the Basilica during 11:45 Mass every Sunday. She founded the Notre Dame Celebration Choir, which she directed from 1997 through the Spring semester of 2016. I went on to finish my Master of Sacred Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at Notre Dame, and had the great privilege to research and write my dissertation and present my final doctoral concert in Rome while I studied at the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music and interned with the Sistine Chapel Choir. (Credit: Notre Dame Folk Choir.) In Interview: Notre Dame Folk Choir’s New Director, J.J. Wright. His latest release is Vespers for the Feast of the Transfiguration,  a participatory jazz vespers. That said, we are doing a piece of Hildegard von Bingen’s in the Spring! I want to build a culture where the students leave rehearsal and Mass every week feeling challenged, but confident in their ability to grow in their faith and as musicians. As the social commissioner, she is charged with helping the choir feel like a family. She has also been a part of the extensive touring and recording aspects of the choir. A graduate of Yale University, she holds a Masters of Music degree and a Masters in Art and Religion through the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Of course, we’ll also include several Folk Choir “classics” that the congregation can sing along with! He is humbled to serve the Folk Choir this year, and can't wait to see what the future holds for us. Tell us about that. 309 Coleman-Morse Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA Here's to virtual recordings and socially-distant brunches! Claire is so grateful to have the opportunity to serve the community that has been her family here at ND and has given her so much! Although we come from many different places, everyone in the Folk Choir shares a bond like none other. Naval Academy Band. The Notre Dame Folk Choir, formed in 1980 and directed by Steven C. Warner, associate director of Campus Ministry, provides music for the Basilica’s 11:45 a.m. Sunday Mass during the academic year. Elizabeth is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA studying Biology with a minor in Poverty Studies. But as important as all that is, it’s not all that the Folk Choir at the University of Notre Dame is about. The Notre Dame Folk Choir serves Notre Dame as one of the principal liturgical choirs, singing every Sunday during the academic year in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. J.J. also released O Emmanuel, an album for Advent and Christmas, with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts. Email. She is excited to help us all grow closer, stronger relationships throughout the year. The Notre Dame Folk Choir is made up of sixty vocalists and musicians from all levels and disciplines at the university. The Notre Dame Folk Choir began singing in the late 1970s during a time of great changes in the liturgy. If you search YouTube for the Notre Dame Folk Choir promotional video, you'll hear our director, Steven Warner, describe being with the Folk Choir as “being in a bag full of puppies.”As a freshman three years ago, I walked into 329 CoMo (Coleman-Morse Center) timidly and suddenly was in that bag. For children ages 9 to 13, the Lyric Choir focuses on singing and experiencing sacred music in a welcoming choral community, musical instruction specifically geared to meet the abilities of students with physical, social, emotional, and/or intellectual challenges. The twice-nominated writer and director of “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig, selected the Notre Dame Folk Choir’s version of “Rosa Mystica” to accompany the final scene of the film. PTB: What’s the most inspiring thing that’s happened so far? © Copyright PrayTellBlog.com Pastoral Care Staff. Chrysogonus Waddell, O.C.S.O., the piece is from the folk choir’s 1996 album “Prophets of … An Indiana native, Karen is also a concert organist and has played solo recitals in cathedrals across the U.S. and in Europe. Calvin Symposium on Worship 2021 – Online and Free! Suzy Younger. By engaging with and presenting the music of the region, we are able to more authentically enter into and point towards the experience of those whom this concert will benefit. J.J. Wright, New Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. The co-ed group of around 60 members perform classics from the Renaissance to … During the Fall, on football weekends, the church is standing-room only and there’s a good mix of visitors and regulars each week, which allows for a certain creativity within the form of the Mass. Alexander Blachly, Director The Notre Dame Chorale, the University’s 60-voice concert choir, draws on students from every college and department of the University. Does it feel informal, or parishy, or a bit “reform of the reform,” or what? What styles of music do you use in worship? Big shoes to fill, following Steve Warner – are you excited, scared, energized, overwhelmed? As a composer, I will continue to write new music, including music for this group. The Holy Cross priests take an intellectual, yet colloquial approach in their homilies, which makes the preaching engaging in a holistic way. Led by director Dr. Andrew McShane, and assisted by Dr. Jonathan Hehn, the choir performs a repertoire drawn on the diverse traditions of a cappella and accompanied sacred music from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. University Sacristan, Basilica of the Sacred Heart (574) 631-9050. She has also served as music director for churches in Connecticut, New York, and Ohio. Or is the branding well-established and untouchable? Meet. PTB: The connection the Folk Choir has to social justice and outreach to the needy is impressive. There are a lot of things that students across the country aren’t experiencing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Who comes to it? NOTRE DAME, IN -- During this uncertain time of isolation and separation, the Notre Dame Folk Choir is announcing the early release of "Catch the Spirit," an exploration of sacred music from the African American and East African traditions, and available April 17th, Easter Friday. She directs the ND Celebration and Handbell Choirs and serves as Associate Director/Accompanist of the ND Folk Choir. JJW: Before I did my graduate work, my background was in jazz and classical piano. The winning composition must be dedicated to the Notre Dame Folk Choir with the text, "Commissioned by the Notre Dame Folk Choir; Dr. J.J. Wright, Director." He and his wife have three children. In that spirit, I’ll do my best to answer the questions here, but I am still learning about all the interesting facets of the group! How often do you practice, how often do you sing? There are a lot of things that students across the country aren’t experiencing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What background do you bring to this job? Catch the Spirit explores sacred music from the African American and East African traditions. PTB: Describe for us the Sunday liturgy the Folk Choir sings at. and played with the U.S. It is composed of approximately 70 singers drawn from all areas of the undergraduate and graduate student body. We are looking specif ically for music that serves the Catholic liturgy, and will be drawing on texts from the propers of the Mass as found in the Graduale Romanum . in Religious Studies from St. Michael’s College in Winooski Park, Vermont, where he then served as Director of Liturgy for two years. Her goal is that when we finally get back into the loft, the choir will still be as strong a family as it ever was. The choir has been fortunate to be able to record several CDs and have their own octavo series with WLP – people can get a good sense of the traditional repertoire by checking these out! Pastoral Care Staff. A few selections were by Dr. J.J. Wright, Director of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir and a couple more were by other members of the choir. We (adults and ND students) have come to enjoy these traditional songs. As secretary, she hopes to be a helpful communicator, especially during this unique year, and more generally as a leader, she is looking forward to the opportunity to support and grow with this amazing choir as we live out our ministry in new ways. Karen Schneider-Kirner, Associate Director Karen Schneider-Kirner has been associated with the Notre Dame Folk Choir since 1997, working closely alongside the ensemble’s founder, Steve Warner. Email. It’s a really incredible thing to see the way that Steve and Karen have worked with the group as a lab for new liturgical music. His latest album, Vespers for the Feast of the Transfiguration, is a participatory jazz vespers service that incorporates improvisation and popular music with congregational singing. Back to Top. While grappling with such a great loss, it was incredibly beautiful to witness the impact that Felicia had on the South Bend community. JJW: Our main role is to sing the weekly Sunday liturgy at 11:45am in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Credit: Notre Dame Folk Choir.) Christina is a senior from Albuquerque, NM studying Chemical Engineering with a Biomolecular Engineering Concentration. She lives in Flaherty Hall and her favorite Folk Choir song is Parker's "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal." While we won't be traveling, playing sports, and hosting dance parties this year, we still seek to create spaces where members feel supported and loved. It’s been a special way to walk with Clare during this difficult time, honor this mother and friend, and continue her legacy of education by choosing to encounter the dignity of each person. This year, our tour will bring us to to Texas at the end of May, and the proceeds from the tour will directly benefit the the rebuilding of churches and their communities that were hardest hit during Hurricane Harvey. He recently visited with Pray Tell about his work. While the primary focus will be the music videos, I am so excited to continue engaging with our audience on social media as well and collaborating with the tour committee as they take on some of the social media engagement as well! Do you sing Latin chant, Anglican anthems, world music from Africa and Latin America, or what? Email. Notre Dame's Folk Choir released their new album of sacred music, "Catch the Spirit." Jim Bracke, C.S.C. Phone (574) 631-7800 The five Basilica choirs (Folk, Liturgical, Women's Liturgical, Schola, and Handbell) minister from the choir loft of the church. His jazzy album O Emmanuel, based on the ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent, was commissioned by the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and was at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts for eight weeks when it debuted in November 2016. Navy hosted Notre Dame in the inaugural Shamrock Classic in 1996. Director, ND Celebration and Handbell Choirs; Associate Director and Accompanist, ND Folk Choir University of Notre Dame. Email. Required fields are marked *. The accompanying documentary film has aired on CatholicTV and Salt & Light TV. The Notre Dame Folk Choir serves Notre Dame as one of the principal liturgical choirs, singing every Sunday during the academic year in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Folk Choir serves the University of Notre Dame as one of the principal liturgical choirs, singing every Sunday during the academic year at the 11:45 A.M. liturgy in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. We are currently learning two different versions of the Misa Criolla – the famous one by the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez, but also one composed by Chabaca Granda, who was a Peruvian composer. Marriage Preparation Coordinator (574) 631-4288. Much of the Folk Choir’s music was written or arranged at Notre Dame by Warner and Karen Schneider Kirner, the choir’s associate director. Curious NPM Conference Participants. Instead, keep is simple, fun, and stay with the traditional catholic songs which have endured the test of time for 200 years. Felicia truly modeled what it means to live and die beautifully. PTB: Let’s talk about the choir’s name. This choir was founded with the intention of realizing Vatican II’s ideals of full, conscious, and active participation through sacred music. The congregation is also drastically different each week. Facebook Associate Director of Pastoral Care (574) 631-3016. J. J. directs the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, one of America’s most influential Catholic music ensembles. PTB: Congrats on your appointment. She directs the ND Celebration and Handbell Choirs and serves as Associate Director/Accompanist of the ND Folk Choir. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2009, Fassler spent a decade as director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where she held the Robert Tangeman Chair of Music History and was appointed in the Institute, the Yale School of Music, and the Yale Department of Music. This year, the proceeds from our concert will benefit Yancana Huasy, which is based in Lima, Peru and works to serve disabled children who wouldn’t otherwise have care. Her main goal is to make everyone feel invited into the mission of the Folk Choir and the Church, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. Choral Program Director and Organist, Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir (574) 631-5652. It’s in a basilica, which is a really beautiful space, but definitely not informal. Upperclassmen and graduate students at Notre Dame/SMC/HC interested in the Folk Choir are most welcome to join our ensemble! The Folk Choir is one of Notre Dame’s principal liturgical choirs, primarily serving the University by singing at the 11:45 Mass on Sundays during the academic year. Her Notre Dame ensemble not only plays solo pieces, but also on many of the mass parts, hymns, and occasional psalmody, a repertoire that has been carefully honed and developed over the years. As Associate Director, she collaborated with Steve in composing and arranging much of the music of the choir over the years, including the Mass for Our Lady, published through World Library PTB: What’s the drill? JJW: It’s complicated to think about changing the name when the choir has released eight CDs and an extremely robust publishing series through WLP! In 2016, Steve became the associate director of the Notre Dame - Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, an organization which stewards Newman University Church in Dublin, Ireland. J.J. Wright trained as a jazz improviser at the New School for Jazz in NYC. And have a whole lotta fun while doing it :). Karen and her husband Scott, who supports the Folk Choir as guitarist, have three children-- their twin daughters Claire and Emma along with their son Joseph. Crafting a new hymnal supplement, planning and celebration of campus-wide liturgical events, and coordinating musical resources for more than three dozen residence communities all took shape under the guidance of his office. Members of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, or “Folkheads,” include both undergraduate and graduate students as well as Notre Dame staff. 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