Conference: James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross

Location: All events will be held at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

James MacMillan

James MacMillan visits Notre Dame with support from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Join us for three days of creativity, connection and debate around the issues of composing and performing sacred music today.

The festival conference will feature composer and guest lecturer James MacMillan, in residence to attend the premiere of his new motet “Cum vidisset Jesus,” with a panel of other distinguished composers, conductors and scholars.

We invite composers and conductors of sacred music to share their work in the choral readings, discuss aspects of composing and commissioning, and to engage in the panels and workshops. We also welcome performers and church musicians to enjoy and learn from this extraordinary encounter.

Visit the conference website for full details on workshops, registration, and concerts.

Featured Guest Composer: James MacMillan

Guest Composer Panelists: Libby Larsen, Cary Boyce, Daniel Kellogg, Stephen Mager, Robinson McClellan, and Tawnie Olson

Guest Participatory Music Panelists: Lorraine Brugh; Mellonee Burnim, Helen Phelan; Samuel Sommers; Steve Warner.


Alexander Blachly, Nancy Menk, and Carmen-Helena Téllez, conductors; Craig Cramer, organ; Paul Walker, organ; Stephen Lancaster, baritone; Emily Snow, guest lecturer;

and the Ensembles

Aguavá New Music Studio, Pomerium, South Bend Chamber Singers, and the Notre Dame Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

Margot Fassler and Carmen-Helena Tellez, conference directors

Sponsored by Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with support from the Nanovic Institute and College of Arts and Letters.