Looking Ahead

The Changing Face of Folk Choir / Dyana Guthrie '08

Dyana Guthrie '08Greetings to all! We seem to have finally reached that point in the semester when we are deciding what we will do in the coming year. Underclassmen are choosing new roommates and class schedules, seniors are choosing new life paths, and the Folk Choir is planning new liturgies and musical endeavors. As the rising FC president, I am especially excited for the coming year!

I am so honored to have been elected to lead this amazing group. My time in the Folk Choir has been a truly exceptional experience to this point, and I am so happy that I can offer in return my time, love, and leadership. I am confident that with the help of our new secretary Sean Pietrini and activities officer Mike McKenna, the 2007-2008 school year will be nothing short of fantastic.

It is my vision that the choir will continue to be the close family that it has always been, even as we sadly say goodbye to a large graduating class of seniors. We have many things already in store for the future, including yet another trip to Ireland next summer! With a growing choir of new talent, I have no doubt that next year will be filled with inspiration and joy. So, be on the look out for more amazing things from the Folk Choir in 2007-2008!


News and Notes / Geoffrey Mooney '09

Geoffrey Mooney '09On Ash Wednesday, Campus Ministry at Notre Dame launched NDPrayerCast.org, an online collection of weekly downloadable reflections on the Sunday readings complete with songs, a homily, and prayer. Under Steve's direction along with Campus Ministry Director Fr. Richard Warner, intern Josh Stagni, and choir alumna Emmeline Schoen, the site will this month join iTunes for the first time to better serve both the Notre Dame community and the larger Church.

Next month, the Folk Choir will continue its tradition of singing at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, an opportunity that has allowed the choir to extend their ministry beyond the campus to those who would otherwise never experience it. Following graduation, the choir will then embark on their spring tour to the churches of Minneapolis-St. Paul and surrounding cities, with a stop in the Chicago suburbs. Please visit our Tours page for a complete listing of parishes and events.

Steve will be delivering the keynote address on Monday, July 9, at the National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) National Convention in Indianapolis. To set the stage for the entire conference, he will be exploring the question "How do we engage the generations yet to come in this life-giving song?" The Folk Choir will then offer a concert of sacred music the following evening on July 10 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.

Associate Director Karen Schneider-Kirner has been invited to play organ solo recitals at two national musicians' conferences this summer. She will appear at the NPM National Convention on Wednesday, July 11, at 12:45 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Two days later on July 13 at 1:00 p.m. she will be playing for the Organ Historical Society's biannual National Convention at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Peru, Indiana. The organ there is an 1893 Louis H. Van Dinter, a builder from Mishawaka.

Continue to check back with the choir through our website for more updates on news and upcoming events. Alums, feel free to contact us through our Alumni page to update us on news about you since taking leave from Notre Dame.