News and Notes

35th Year Anniversary!

April 22-24, 2016

Friday night will consist of a banquet for the current choir members and alums. Childcare will be provided.

Saturday will bring the opportunity for campus tours and information sessions on the House of Brigid and other Folk Choir-related involvements. There will be a rehearsal in the afternoon from 1-4pm, then a concert at 7:30pm for all current choir members and alumni members.

There will be a brunch on Sunday morning in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall, followed by rehearsal and 11:45 Mass.

Lodging info will be included with the invitation. There are blocks of rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn, Morris Inn, and the Sacred Heart Parish Center. For any information please contact student reunion coordinator Colleen Halpin at

Choir Newsletter

Periodically the choir issues its newsletter, Strings&Wings, to alumni, friends, and benefactors detailing various facets of its ministry both at Notre Dame and abroad. Currently there are five archived newsletter issues online. Each issue contains choir photos, letters from the director and president, student articles about touring and social activities, personal reflections, prayers, and information about and for recent alumni.

   Spring 2002: Volume 4, Issue 1
   Fall 2002: Volume 4, Issue 2
   Spring 2003: Volume 5, Issue 1
   St. Patrick's Day 2004: Volume 6, Issue 1
   Easter 2007: Volume 7, Issue 1
   Spring 2009: Mini-Update

To receive notification about updated newsletters and upcoming events, please fill out our online information form. If you are a former choir member, feel free to update your contact information with us as well and let us know of significant happenings with you or your family.

Headlines Archive

June 20, 2009
   Arkansas Catholic (Diocese of Little Rock)
   "El Dorado native returns to perform with touring choir"

March 5, 2009
   The [Lynn, Mass.] Daily Item
   "Top college choir to join Sacred Heart kids for Lynn concert"

September 1, 2008
   The Liturgical Singer (National Association of Pastoral Musicians)
   "Learning to combine gifts and expertise"
   by current Notre Dame junior Clarisa Ramos

August 20, 2008
   National Catholic Reporter
   "Rockers moving to the beat of a new evangelization"
   by Notre Dame alumnus Greg Ruehlmann

July 3, 2008
   Notre Dame News and Information
   "Folk Choir director receives national award"

June 27, 2008
   The Chicago Tribune
   "A 'vocal investment' in faith"

January 29, 2008
   The Observer (University of Notre Dame)
   "Choir tries Trappist lifestyle"

January 12, 2008
   Abbey of Gethsemani
   Pictures from the Folk Choir Concert of Sacred Music

July 20, 2007
   The Criterion (Archdiocese of Indianapolis)
   "Music in motion: Pastoral musicians want next generation to spotlight Christ"

July 9, 2007
   National Association of Pastoral Musicians
   "How do we engage the generations yet to come in this life-giving song?"
   by director Steve Warner

January 18, 2007
   The Observer (University of Notre Dame)
   "Folk Choir raises funds for south"

January 12, 2007
   Tennessee Register (Diocese of Nashville)
   "ND Folk Choir raises voices to help ACE schools"

January 4, 2007
   The Georgia Bulletin (Archdiocese of Atlanta)
   "Notre Dame Folk Choir performs in Alpharetta"

November 13, 2006
   Notre Dame News and Information
   "Folk Choir to perform annual Concert for the Missions"

July 28, 2006
   National Catholic Reporter
   "Uncommon choir: Traveling with Notre Dame's innovative folk group"
   by Notre Dame alumna Renée LaReau

May 19, 2006
   Catholic Anchor (Archdiocese of Anchorage)
   "Notre Dame choir to accompany worship in Anchorage"
   by Notre Dame alumna Katie Hunter

May 12, 2005
   Diocese of Rockville Centre
   "University of Notre Dame Folk Choir to perform at St. Agnes Cathedral"

June 1, 2002
   Pastoral Music (National Association of Pastoral Musicians)
   "The stance of admiration: Music in campus liturgy"
   by director Steve Warner

Photo Album

For pictures from our past folk choir events, please visit our online photo album.

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