Courtney Becker | January 23, 2017
The Murdy Family Organ was dedicated by Bishop Daniel Jenky on Friday, the culmination of a 10-year-long project.
Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, said once the Murdy family donated funds to begin construction of the organ it took around 40 months to complete.
“I would say it’s been almost 10 years that we’ve been working on this project,” Rocca said. “And then it was in 2012 that we finally sealed the deal with the donation by the Murdy family to begin the construction of the organ.”
The goal for a new organ in the Basilica came about due to certain restraints created by the previous organ, Rocca said.
“They’re not frequently replaced,” he said. “We had difficulties with the previous organ. The previous organ had acoustical limitations and high maintenance costs. … I think this is perhaps — we’ve had a number of organs in the Basilica and I think this might be the fifth or sixth organ.”
Rocca said the Murdy Family Organ is better suited to the Basilica than the previous organ due to the high quality of the new organ.
“This organ is probably one of the best you’ll find in the United States — if not, in the world,” Rocca said. “It has a great versatility. It will enable organists to play a whole repertoire of literature that the previous organ would not necessarily permit because it is quite a bit larger than the previous organ. So there is more variety in terms of the stops and the sounds.”