Mass for Candlemas with Schola Antiqua and Symposium on Sacred Music in Context and Practice

Feb 2, 2019
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Michael Alan AndersonEastman School of Music

Margot FasslerUniversity of Notre Dame

Fr. Peter FunkMonastery of the Holy Cross

Peter JefferyUniversity of Notre Dame

Robert L. KendrickUniversity of Chicago

Schola Antiqua of ChicagoArtists-in-Residence

  • Sacred Music in Context and Practice

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Registration required. $15 for general audience/FREE for current students and faculty/FREE for those only attending the Mass.

In honor of Fr. Willard Jabusch (1930-2018), former Chaplain of Calvert House, Priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, writer, and composer. Cosponsored by Calvert House Catholic Center. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should email us or call 773-955-5887.

This Mass for the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) will feature chant by Schola Antiqua of Chicago. Following the Mass—for those registered—there will be a breakfast reception and a symposium, which will consider historical perspectives on music for the feast from the medieval period and early modern Italy. In addition it will reflect on modern incorporations of the plainchant and polyphonic tradition in contexts such as a contemporary monastic community and a degree program in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame.


9:00-10:15am   |   Bond Chapel


      Prior Peter Funk, OSB, Celebrant
      Michael Alan Anderson, Director, Schola Antiqua of Chicago


10:15-11:00am   |   Swift Common Room (1st Floor)

   Continental Breakfast and Registration

11:00am-12:30pm   |   Swift Lecture Hall (3rd Floor)

   Symposium “Sacred Music in Context and Practice”

      Michael Anderson, University of Rochester
      Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame
      Prior Peter Funk, OSB, Monastery of the Holy Cross
      Peter Jeffery, University of Notre Dame
      Robert Kendrick, University of Chicago

Michael Alan Anderson is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. He specializes in a wide range of issues related to sacred music from the fourteenth through the sixteenth century, with emphasis on lay devotion and saints. He is the author of the book St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Anderson is a two-time winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for outstanding writing about music, for articles published in 2011 (Early Music History) and in 2013 (Journal of the American Musicological Society). In 2008, Anderson was named artistic director of Schola Antiqua, which he co-founded in 2000.

Margot Fassler is the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, Director of the Program of Sacred Music, Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Notre Dame. She is renowned for her work at the intersection of musicology, liturgical studies, and theology and is a specialist in sacred music of several periods. Her book Gothic Song (2nd edition, Notre Dame Press, 2011), won both the John Nicolas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America and the Otto Kinkeldey Prize of the American Musicological Society. She is author, co-author, and editor of numerous books and over sixty full-length articles and book chapters. She lectures widely in the USA and in Europe.

Fr. Peter Funk, OSB, is the Prior of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, a contemplative Benedictine monastery in the South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport. Fr. Peter received his B.A. in music from the University of Chicago. After graduating, he was a choral conductor at St. Thomas the Apostle parish and the University of Chicago. He entered monastic life in 1997. Fr. Peter received a Master’s degree in Theology at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he majored in Scripture. In 2012, he helped to found the choir Schola Laudis, whose mission is to reintroduce the Catholic tradition of polyphony at the monastery's celebration of Vespers. Fr. Peter has composed numerous motets and four a cappella settings of the Mass.

Peter Jeffery, OblSB, is the Michael P. Grace Chair in Medieval Studies and Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a PhD in Music History from Princeton University, where he returned to teach in 1993, and has been the Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus since 2009. Jeffery has published over 100 articles and books on music history, ethnomusicology, and other topics, including Translating Tradition: A Chant Historian Reads Liturgiam Authenticam (Liturgical Press, 2005). Jeffery was the first musicologist to receive a “Genius Award” Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1987-92).

Robert L. Kendrick is the William Colvin Professor in Music, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College at the University of Chicago. He works in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, traditional Mediterranean polyphony, music and commemoration, and the visual arts. He is author and editor of several books, including most his most recent book Singing Jeremiah: Music and Meaning in Holy Week (Indiana UP, 2014). In 2006 he won a Graduate Teaching Award. A member of Milan’s Accademia Ambrosiana, Kendrick received his Ph.D. (musicology) and M.A. (ethnomusicology) from New York University, after a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. 

Schola AntiquaArtists-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute since 2008, is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to western liturgical chant and polyphonic music before the year 1600. The ensemble is the 2012 winner of the Noah Greenberg Award, given by the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to historical performing practice.