The Pope Emeritus on music:
“At this point, it is perhaps fitting that we ask the deeper question: what is music really? Whence does it come and toward what does it tend?” He posited three loci from which music arises: the experience of love; the experience of sorrow, of being touched by death, by pain, and by the abysses of existence; the encounter with the divine, who from the beginning is part of that which defines man." Vatican Radio
Congratulations to our BC graduates of 2015!
Victoria Mariconti '16 featured in the BC Chronicle.
A Window into Study Abroad in Music: Elizabeth Cai
For Boston College undergraduates, study abroad is an experience that many end up pursuing. The Music Department both encourages and aids students seeking to make study abroad a reality. Music majors and minors alike are able to continue studies in composition, theory, performance, private studies and other concentrations. One such program is the BC‐approved external program, IES Vienna: Music. A recent participant was Music Major and Lynch School of Education student Elizabeth Cai, ’16.
By: Elizabeth Cai
Department and Faculty News
New CORE class to be offered in Music by Professor Daniel M. Callahan!
Private Lessons Registration:
Individual instruction on a musical instrument, or in voice or composition is open to any Boston College student upon consultation with the Music department. Interested students must complete registration before drop/add ends September 9. The link to the online registration survey will be posted on our website in late July.
Complete our expression of interest form and we will contact you once registration opens!
2015 Artist Fellow by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Congratulations are in order for Associate Professor of Music, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, as he was recently named a 2015 Artist Fellow by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for Music Compisition.
This is the second time in six years Professor Gawlick has received a fellowship from MCC (he won in 2009, as well). The awards are highly competitive, and it is rare for artists to win two awards in such close proximity.
The Music Department is proud to welcome new Assistant Professor Daniel M. Callahan to the full-time faculty. His research focuses on choreomusicality, or the interrelationship between music and dance. A graduate of Columbia and New York Universities, Professor Callahan most recently taught at the University of Chicago, where he was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music and the Humanities. Learn more about Professor Callahan.
An international group of musicologists will convene at Boston College to discuss the sonic cultures of Early Modern Catholicism (c.1500–1750).
Scholars from nine different countries will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound.
Keynote addresses will be offered by John O’Malley, S.J. (Georgetown University), and Robert L. Kendrick (The University of Chicago).
The conference will also feature a round table (chaired by T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.) concerning the role of the Jesuits and their networks in the creation of Catholic soundscapes.
On April 7, Professor Noone conducted Ensemble Plus Ultra in a Pontifical Requiem Mass at Spain's primatial cathedral in Toledo, Spain. to commemorate the anniversary of the death of El Greco, which included Cristobal Morales' Misa da Réquiem. The music for the mass comes from a rare volume in the Burns Library by sixteenth-century composer Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1500-1553). View photos from the event.
In the past year we've celebrated our 25th anniversary as a Department, performed together at Jordan Hall in a concert celebrating BC's susquecentennial, and congratulated alumni on their accomplishments as future scholars in top graduate programs in music and the humanities! Learn more about the past year!
Professor Michael Noone will perform April 7 at the Spanish Primatial Cathedral in Toledo, Spain, directing his professional Ensemble Plus Ultra in the Misa da Réquiem by Cristóbal de Morales. He was interviewed by the Spanish press about his research, upcoming performance, and importance of saving the cultural heritage of Spain. Read the entire interivew from La Tribuna de Toledo.
The University Chorale travels to Ireland! Click here to read more about the University Chorale.