Reyes Organ and Choral Hall

The Organ

Carvings

Master of Sacred Music Program
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Home to a spectacular $1-million organ, the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall is a chapel-like venue mainly used for performances in organ, a cappella vocal and other baroque ensemble concerts and recitals.

The organ is a gift of Marjorie O’Malley. As an organist, O’Malley has a deep appreciation for the instrument. She also donated the current organ in University’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The hall is named for Chris and Anne Reyes.


The Organ

The organ was designed and built over 15 months by Paul Fritts. Once built, the organ was disassembled and moved to Notre Dame.

The Organ Keydesk

The organ, whose construction took longer than a year, has 35 stops (stop list), 2,551 handcrafted pipes and weighs an amazing 10,000 pounds. The organ’s case is crafted from 800-year-old Douglas fir. Inspiration for the organ’s design was taken from 18th-century German organs, similar to ones played by Bach.


The Carvings

Carvings of God's Creatures

Designed and crafted by Paul Fritt’s sister, Judy, the organ’s carvings were inspired by the idea that “everything that has life and breath praises God.” Mollusks, waves, water lilies, roses, rabbits, owls, cardinals, grasses, tulips and more decorate the instrument. All told, the case’s carvings represent the four elements of creation: air, earth, fire and water.


Master of Sacred Music Program

This program is part of a larger Department of Theology initiative on music and the sacred arts. The program draws upon the resources and faculty of both the Theology and Department of Music. Click here to learn more about this program.

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Contact Information
For Individual Tours:

Guest Services
Assistant House Manager
Phone: (574) 631-2300
Email: pacusher@nd.edu

For Technical Questions:

Sarah Prince
Director of Technical Service
Phone: (574) 631-2838
Email: prince.6@nd.edu

Master of Sacred Music Program:

theology.nd.edu