Dr. Andrew McShane – Director


Andrew McShane is the Director of Music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to serving as Director of Music, he is Director of the Notre Dame Basilica Schola, Notre Dame Basilica Collegium and Notre Dame Liturgical Choir.

Andrew earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music at Wayne State University in Detroit as a student of Ray Ferguson. At the University of Notre Dame he earned the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature as a student of Craig Cramer and Gail Walton. Andrew completed his education at the Northwestern University School of Music earning the Doctor of Music degree in Organ and Church Music.

In addition to his Basilica responsibilities, Dr. McShane also teaches in the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend Organist Training Program.

Dr. McShane has held positions in Livonia, Detroit and Redford, Michigan, as well as in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, and South Bend, Indiana.

Patrick Kronner – Assistant Director

Patrick Kronner, a native of Chesterfield, Michigan, is a candidate for the Doctorate of Music (organ and sacred music) at Indiana University where he studied with Dr. Janette Fishell. He received his Masters of Music from Indiana University and holds a Bachelor of Music from Oakland University.

In 2009, Patrick was awarded the Hollingsworth Fund Award and traveled to Herford, Germany, serving under Stefan Kagl as the assistant organist at Herforder Münsterkirche and studying at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Herford. In 2013, Kronner returned to Herford to assist at the Cathedral and to concertize throughout Europe.

The “virtuoso organist from Detroit thrilled… and surprised” (Mindener Tageblatt) audiences as he presented a dozen recitals of primarily American organ music. Highlights of the tour include the Martin-Luther-Kirche in Linz, Austria; the Grote Kerk in Emmen, Netherlands; and the Jocobi-Kirche in Göttingen, Germany. As of June 2015, Patrick has begun work as an organist and choral program director at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Gail Walton – Director
In Memoriam


Gail Walton was Director of Music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame from 1988-2010.

Dr. Walton held degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music, where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance. The Eastman School also awarded her the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Organ. She studied with David Craighead, Russell Saunders, William Hays and Andre Marchal.

Dr. Walton performed throughout the Midwestern United States and in the summer of 1991 played concerts in the German cities of Bonn, Heidenheim, Mainz and Rottenburg/Neckar. In the summer of 1995 she took the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir on a tour of Italy, including appearances in Florence, Milan, Assisi and Rome.

Dr. Walton also taught organ at Goshen College, and served as director of the University of Notre Dame Liturgical Choir and was the founder of the Basilica Schola. She was married to University organist Craig Cramer, with whom she occasionally played duo recitals.