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Daniel M. Callahan Joins Music Faculty

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.

Boston College to Attract International Musicology Scholars for July Conference

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.

More information on the conference.

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What's New in the Music Department

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 Noone in Toledo

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.

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Gawlick's 'Missa Gentis Humanae' Given "Sensational World Premiere"

Ralf Gawlick's "Missa Gentis Humanae" was praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer after its world premiere on February 17, 2014. The Intelligencer remarked that the Trinity Choir and Julian Wachner "delivered a sensational world premiere," and hearing them in a world premiere felt like "a moment in history."

Professor Gawlick's work was praised for creating a "captivating collage of vertical and horizontal sonic effects," and in the end, "One was left with the impression of great richness of reference, bound together very lovingly." Read the entire Boston Music Intelligencer review.

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New Mass by Professor Ralf Gawlick

Feb. 17, Professor Ralf Gawlick's Missa Gentis Humanae will receive its world premiere from the eight members of the Trinity Choir from Trinity Church, Wall St. under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Julian Wachner. The Boston Music Intelligencer interviewed Prof. Gawlick about his work and the performance. Read the Intelligencer article.

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Gawlick Composition a Finalist

Assistant Professor Ralf Gawlick was recently honored by the Red Note New Music Festival International Composition Competition. His work, Glocken-Spiel for piano quartet, was chosen as a finalist among 355 entries. More info about the Red Note Competition.

Morales Score Unveiled

In the autumn of 2011, Boston College’s Burns Library acquired Cristóbal de Morales’s Missarum liber primus (1544). Two years later, Prof. Michael Noone's Ensemble Plus Ultra, came to the Burns Library to perform Morales’s music directly from his Missarum itself, just as it was originally sung in 16th-Century Toledo.

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BC Volunteers Share the Gift of Music Education

For some Boston College students, music isn’t just something they happen to be good at, or enjoy playing. It’s a means to make an impact on a child’s life.

Lesson Registration Begins Nov. 15

Are you interested in taking private lessons on an instrument? Lessons through the Music Department are available for all BC students with registration. N.B. Private lesson fees apply to all registrations. Complete a registration form and we will sign you up!

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Professor Michael Noone at Boston Early Music Festival

On Saturday, November 9, professor and department chair Michael Noone directed his Ensemble Plus Ultra in their first concert for the Boston Early Music Festival. Hailed by the Boston Globe for their "warm, luminous sound," the group performed at St. Paul's Church in Cambridge.

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Premiere Performance

On October 26, Professor Thomas Oboe Lee received a premiere of his Seranade Rondo (2013) for solo violin and chamber orchestra.

Callithumpian Conquest in Gasson Hall

On Monday, September 30, ensemble-in-residence The Callithumpian Consort appeared in concert in Gasson Hall to a large audience.

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Professor Noone to Offer Concert in Spain

The Spanish Royal Foundation announces concerts to be conducted by Music Department Chair Michael Noone to commemorate the anniversary of El Greco's death in Toledo's Gothic Cathedral in 2014. Read more from La Tribuna de Toledo.