Kate Morgan | December 8, 2015
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame will close for three weeks from Dec. 28 (Monday) through Jan. 15 (Friday) for the next phase of the installation of the new Murdy Family Organ. The Basilica will reopen for the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Jan. 16.
The new Murdy Family Organ, to be fully operational by Christmas 2016, will replace the current Holtkamp Organ. In 2013-14, the Basilica closed for renovations including the removal of carpeting and the installation of slate tile flooring to aid acoustics. This year’s closure will allow for workers to make space for the new Murdy Family Organ.
“The current Holtkamp Organ was not designed to be played as frequently as it is now, and the sound quality has continued to suffer,” said Andrew McShane, associate director for music and liturgy in the Office of Campus Ministry. “Two Masses each day along with choir rehearsals and ongoing student practice sessions have created serious operating issues. The Basilica has simply outgrown the current organ and there is a need for a larger, better functioning organ to occupy the space and sustain the Basilica for years to come.”