Notre Dame College Choir Programs Receive Donation, Debut Professional Performance Robes

The Notre Dame College student vocal performing arts programs have unveiled an unexpected holiday gift.

Members of the College’s choirs donned professional performance robes for the first time in the program’s history during the Notre Dame Candlelight Concert in 2018. The apparel upgrade was made possible by a donation from Towne and Country Players, a non-profit, charitable, educational organization in gratitude for a Notre Dame choir group performance at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Ohio.

Greg McDonald, music director for St. Mary’s and president of Towne and Country Players, said he had viewed a video of the College’s group performing prior to the holidays and recommended them to the local non-profit group. Town and Country Players then reached out and invited Notre Dame’s choir to join in the St. Mary’s yuletide event with a program called, “Christmas by Notre Dame.”

The Notre Dame Concert Choir performed well-known Christmas carols and selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at St. Mary’s just a week prior to the College’s Candlelight Concert. In appreciation, the contribution to Notre Dame’s Performing Arts program was enough for all the College’s choir members to be outfitted in new blue robes.

Notre Dame’s vocal performance at St. Mary’s was conducted by Timothy Little, M.M., executive director of performing arts, director of vocal studies and assistant professor of music at the College. The College group was accompanied by Irwin Shung, D.M.A., adjunct instructor in piano, music history and collaborative piano, and by Sr. Mary Seton Schlather, M.M.E., choral music instructor and collaborative piano. Notre Dame’s contributions to the performance at St. Mary’s also featured collaborations with faculty artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Based on the success and positive comments of its parishioners, St. Mary’s is considering a repeat concert with the Notre Dame choir in December 2019, according to McDonald.

Each year, Notre Dame’s vocal performing arts programs present a traditional Candlelight Concert at the College following the lighting of the Notre Dame campus Christmas tree. The concert, like most music events in the Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms Series each season, is free and open to the public.

Video selections of the choir performing for the first time in their professional performance robes at the 2018 Candlelight Concert are available online. View the College Concert Choir performing Going to Bethlehem by Jay Althouse and the Notre Dame Chamber Singers presenting Sweet was the Song by Rene Clausen.

Additional information about Notre Dame’s performing arts programs, which include academic degrees in music, theatre and dance as well as the co-curricular groups and scholarships for vocal, instrumental, theatre and dance performance, is available online at www.NotreDameCollege.edu/PerformingArts.

December 2018

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