Assistantships Available for Masters & Doctoral Choral Conducting Degrees at Univ. of Notre Dame
  • Sacred Music at Notre Dame is accepting applications for the Masters of Sacred Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting.

    The University of Notre Dame is a top 20 nationally ranked institution that offers full tuition, generous stipends, and assistantships working as choir directors at local churches and with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir.

    Conducting students work with a fully paid choral ensemble for recitals and as a laboratory ensemble. Each student receives funding for one a cappella recital and one recital with small orchestra. Additionally, our students travel to Rome biannually to study with musicians of the Vatican, and to England to work as conductors and singers in cathedrals of Leeds, Liverpool, and London.

    We operate as a team of conducting faculty that includes Dr. Mark Doerries, head of the graduate conducting program and children’s choir specialist; Dr. Carmen Tellez, contemporary music, Latin American music, and interdisciplinary arts specialist; Dr. Nancy Menk, women’s choir and new-music specialist; and Dr. Alexander Blachly, early music specialist. Guest masterclasses have been led by Dr. Anne Howard Jones, Stephen Cleobury, Benjamin Saunders, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kimberly Dunn Adams, Jan Harrington, Alexander Calabrese, John Duggan, Daniel Justin, Christopher McElroy, and, this spring, Donald Nally and Mark Miller.

    Our program is ideal for applicants interested in music positions within parishes, students with a background in education interested in working with children at the highest level, and students honing their skills for the professional or university ensemble.

    Interested applicants may learn more about our program and apply by visiting our website:

    Students should not hesitate to contact me by email ( or phone (574-761-6528) to discuss the program in greater detail.


    Dr. Mark Doerries
    Associate Professor of the Practice of Conducting
    Head of the Graduate Conducting Studio
    Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir,
    Sacred Music at Notre Dame,
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  • Dr. Doerries,

    Thank you for posting your announcement. The administrator around here (who goes by the moniker Chonak) may reclassify this as "positions available". Would that be an appropriate re-classification?

    Very Sincerely Yours,

    Chris Garton-Zavesky
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