The Murdy Family Organ, a grand creation from the renowned Fritts workshop, is installed in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
It took 12 days to unpack it into Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart and assemble the Murdy Family Organ out of 10,000-plus pieces. All the while, university photographer Barbara Johnston’s cameras continued to snap, snap, once every two minutes, capturing every step of the process from the altar, the center aisle, the arches high above.
When Paul Fritts opened his own pipe-making shop in 1984, the organ building world took notice. Today he and his craftsmen are still innovating — in this case by borrowing a technique he learned in Europe.