O’Neill Hall of Music/Sacred Music
The Program's new home, O’Neill Hall, is a 100,000-square-foot, seven-story building on the south side of Notre Dame Stadium made possible by a gift to the University from Helen Schwab and her husband Charles, in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph I. O’Neill III.
It includes two exquisite performing spaces—the LaBar Recital Hall and the LaBar Performance Hall. Recitals and performances of music for small ensembles by students, faculty, and guest artists are ideally served by the intimacy and beauty of the new 175-seat Recital Hall. This performance space features a traditional stage, fixed seating, and a formal atmosphere suited to classical concert music. The Performance Hall—an interdisciplinary performance space—has a similar intimate scale, but accommodates alternative types of musical events involving music in combination with other media, such as projected text and visual images, and other forms of artistic expression, such as acting, lighting, and dance. It features flexible seating and staging options in a “black-box” style setting designed to support avant-garde performance and experimentation.
At the center of the third floor is the music library and its diverse collection of resources — a gathering space envisioned as the heart of O’Neill Hall. Its lounge spaces and study areas will host informal interactions between students and faculty flowing out of classrooms and rehearsal halls.
In addition, O’Neill Hall includes a lab for studio production, a lecture hall, classrooms and rehearsal spaces, numerous practice rooms, and faculty offices for both the Department of Music and the Sacred Music program. Among those instruments are four organs and 55 pianos — including a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano, three 7-foot baby grand pianos, and 11 uprights purchased for the new building and valued at more than $600,000.
Not only does O’Neill Hall nearly quadruple the space available to the Department of Music and Sacred Music at Notre Dame program— from 9,000 to 34,000 square feet — but it also offers sophisticated acoustical design, sound isolation, and climate control throughout the building.