Notre Dame adds new children's choir

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The voices of 40 children will be added to the University of Notre Dame’s internationally renowned choirs this fall.

According to Mark B. Doerries, conductor of The University of Notre Dame Children’s Choir, “Our program is geared toward three populations: the children of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross faculty and staff; children from local Catholic and Protestant churches that do not currently have children’s choirs; and home schooling families who may not have access to artistic children’s programs.” Participation in the ecumenical choir is free, and information on auditions and registration is available online.

Doerries said a principal concern of the new choir is to reinvigorate children’s sacred choral music and education in South Bend area churches. In addition to singing ecumenical sacred music, choristers, ages 8 to 14, will receive voice lessons led by graduate students of the Masters of Sacred Music program at Notre Dame, take part in a musical retreat at the Michiana Christian Service Camp each fall, perform in a sacred music drama each spring and participate in an annual festival of local church choirs with a nationally recognized choral conductor.

Contact: Mark Doerries, 574-631-6528,