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The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Choir

The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, founded in 1973 as the Chapel Choir, is comprised of 70 singers drawn from all areas of the undergraduate and graduate student body. The Choir’s main function is to provide musical leadership at the 10 AM Solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a French Gothic structure built in 1871 by University founder Fr. Edward Sorin. The Sunday Mass at 10 AM (Eastern time) is televised weekly on CatholicTV. CatholicTV can be found on Comcast, Verizon, Full Channel and RCN cable providers in the New England area and is available nationally on Sky Angel IPTV and online at The Liturgical Choir provides liturgical music for services such as Sunday Vespers, weddings in the Basilica, dedications, ordinations, Advent Lessons and Carols, and special university liturgies such as Junior Parents’ Weekend and the Baccalaureate Mass. Holy Week is of special importance to the Choir, where they participate in Palm Sunday, Tenebrae, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, and Easter Vespers liturgies. Led by director Dr. Andrew McShane and assisted by Mary Catherine Levri, the choir performs a repertoire drawn on the diverse traditions of a cappella and accompanied sacred music from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Pope John Paul II recognized the choir’s work in the community by extending his apostolic blessing upon the Choir in 1989.