A Heartfelt Farewell: The Holtkamp Organ

John Nagy '00M.A. | December 31, 2015 

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The sendoff was uneventful, with no announcement or fanfare. The music would speak for itself.

On its last day in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Holtkamp organ played as well as it ever had since its dedication in April 1978 — beautifully, at the fingertips of an expert and friend. 


With the students home for the Christmas holiday, the congregation for the 10 a.m. Mass celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family on December 27 was small, mostly professors and staff and their kin. They greeted the celebrant, Father Neil Wack, CSC, ’02M.Div., with “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” and continued with seasonal hymns and Mass parts led only by a cantor – no choir – and chosen to suit the occasion.

Read more at Notre Dame Magazine.

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