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.

Jonathan Hehn – Assistant Director


Jonathan Hehn was born and raised in the small town of Thomasville, Georgia. He knows and and loves the South, and has lived there for most of his life. He began studying the piano at age five and the organ at age fifteen. His first organ teacher was Rick Carlson, long-time organist at First Presbyterian Church of Thomasville and alumnus of Northwestern University, where he was a student of Wolfgang Rubsam. Jonathan earned both a Bachelor of Music and Doctor of Music in Organ in performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he was a student of Michael Corzine, and where he did doctoral research on Sacred Music and Liturgy in the Presbyterian tradition. His Master’s Degree in Sacred Music (theology major) is from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied organ with Craig Cramer. He also holds the Colleague and Choirmaster Certificates of the AGO, and became a “Rising Star” after winning the Regional Competition for Young Organists in Atlanta in 2007. He has studied choral conducting with Kevin Fenton, Nancy Menk, and Andre Thomas. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Liturgical Choir at the University of Notre Dame, and frequently publishes articles in the areas of sacred music and liturgy. Jonathan is part of a religious order called the Order of Saint Luke (, which informs all aspects of his life, and at the present is also going through the candidacy process to become a Lutheran deacon. He has been happily married to his wonderful spouse Kelly since 2006 and has three small children.

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.