Basilica Choirs

Our choirs are world-renowned for the quality of music they provide. Their vocal and instrumental praise of God is ministry at its finest, whether it involves leading liturgical music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart or singing for a group of residents at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless. Students of all ages, majors and musical experience are welcome to audition.

Liturgical Choir

The University of Notre Dame Liturgical Choir is composed of approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate student singers. The Choir sings at the 10 a.m. Solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and is also responsible for providing liturgical music for Sunday Vespers, weddings, dedications, ordinations, Advent Lessons & Carols and special University liturgies such as Palm Sunday, Tenebrae, the Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, the Easter Vigil, Easter Mass and Easter Vespers and Junior Parents’ Weekend. Membership in the Liturgical Choir is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Notre Dame. Membership is by audition only, and singers from all colleges and departments are welcome. To schedule an audition, please email Andrew McShane at amcshane@nd.edu or call (574) 631-7800.

Visit the Liturgical Choir website for more information on the choir's history, members, alumni, recordings, annual tour and the ways in which you can support the choir. 

Folk Choir

The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir serves as one of the principal liturgical choirs in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, singing at the 11:45 a.m. Mass every Sunday throughout the academic year. They also lend their talents to dedication services, vespers, memorial liturgies, penance services, weddings, ordinations and a host of other worship celebrations that form a vital part of the fabric of worship on campus. While the choir is primarily an undergraduate organization, there is an increasing number of graduate students, faculty and professional staff from the university who have joined in recent years. To schedule an audition, please email Karen Kirner at kschnei1@nd.edu or call (574) 631-9326.

Visit the Folk Choir website to learn more. 

Women's Liturgical Choir

The 40 dedicated members of the Women's Liturgical Choir offer music for the 5 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, including the Masses following Notre Dame home football games. The women also sing Sunday Vespers, Advent Lessons and Carols and solemnities, feasts and other special University liturgies. Membership in the Women's Liturgical Choir is by audition only. To schedule an audition, please email Andrew McShane at amcshane@nd.edu or call (574) 631-7800.

Visit the Women's Liturgical Choir website to learn more. 

Handbell Choir

The Notre Dame Handbell Choir is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students ringing five octaves of English-style Schulmerich handbells. The Choir often assists with music at the Sunday 11:45 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with the Notre Dame Folk Choir and occasionally at Sunday Vespers. The Choir rings for other events such as Advent Lessons and Carols, the President's All-Staff Christmas Party in the Dome and Junior Parents Weekend. To schedule an audition, please email Karen Kirner at kschnei1@nd.edu or call (574) 631-9326.

Visit the Handbell Choir website to learn more. 

Basilica Schola

The Basilica Schola sings at select Masses at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart throughout the academic year in addition to Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday Vespers and special University liturgies. The Choir consists of a select group of 16 singers, including members of the faculty and staff as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Membership in the choir is by audition only. To schedule an audition, please email Andrew McShane amcshane@nd.edu or call (574) 631-7800.

Community Choir

The University of Notre Dame Community Choir serves the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. The Choir is comprised of men and women of all ages from the greater South Bend community as well as students, faculty and staff from the university. The choir’s two major functions are providing music for the 10 a.m. Solemn Mass in the Basilica during the summer months and singing for Midnight Mass on Christmas. The mission of the Community Choir is to provide the highest quality music in the Basilica representing all musical periods for all who wish to sing. For more information, please email Patrick Kronner at Patrick.Kronner.1@nd.edu or call (574) 631-7779.