The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir premieres The Passion

Author: The Notre Dame Folk Choir

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The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir is heading to the East Coast in March 2022 to premiere The Passion.

The Passion is a newly composed musical ritualization of Christ’s Passion. Emerging from a collaborative process between students in the Folk Choir and professional artists, the piece combines Scripture drawn from all four Gospels with original poetry, which is all set to newly composed music.

Since its founding forty years ago, the Notre Dame Folk Choir has been committed to creating new music for liturgical worship and finding common ground between sacred and secular music. The 50-person ensemble serves the Notre Dame community, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, as one of its principal liturgical choirs and has toured across four continents and released eight studio albums. Led by Grammy® Award winner Dr. J.J. Wright and joined by guitarist Franky Rousseau and bassist Ike Sturm, The Passion will be premiered during a tour of the East Coast in March and will culminate in a pilgrimage and recording in the Holy Land in May.  

Performances on this tour include Buffalo, NY (March 7, 2022, 7pm, St. Joseph University Parish); Bryn Mawr, PA (March 8, 2022, 7pm, St. Thomas at Villanova University); New York, NY (March 9, 2022, 7pm, St. Francis of Assisi Church); Esopus, NY (March 10, 2022, 7pm, The Chapel at The Mount Academy); and Notre Dame, IN (April 10, 2022, 8pm, Basilica of the Sacred Heart). Additionally, Villanova University Clergy Sexual Abuse Task Force will host a webinar on February 21st at 7pm entitled “Beholding the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis Through Collaborative Creativity and the Passion”. The webinar is open to all, visit the link above for more information. 

In addition to this live concert series, the Folk Choir will share more about their production journey through a live virtual series with ThinkND, Notre Dame’s open access digital learning community, entitled: “The Way of the Cross: A Passion Pilgrimage Through Song”. The first session will be Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 - register to join here.  

All concerts are free and open to the public, no advanced reservations needed. We will adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.  This tour is made possible in part through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Any inquiries about the tour may be directed to Director J.J. Wright at or Co-President Anna Staud at


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