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Loyola University Chicago Adds Final Touch to Historic Madonna dell Strada Chapel Renovation
Addition of Hand-Crafted, Elaborate Organ to Rejuvenate Liturgical Experience
CHICAGO, September 8, 2008 – On Monday, August 25, Loyola University Chicago began the finalizing a four-year renovation of its iconic Madonna della Strada Chapel with the installation of an impressive, custom-designed pipe organ. Built by Goudling & Wood of Indianapolis, Indiana, the organ installation will take approximately one month and will be completed the week of September 29, 2008.
Standing more than 23 feet tall, weighing an estimated 23,000 pounds, and containing 3,848 pipes that range from over 27 feet in length down to the size of a pencil, the new organ will immediately become the focal point within the beautifully remodeled Chapel. Installed in the Chapel’s rear gallery and framing the rose window on the back wall, the organ will dovetail nicely with the Chapel’s art deco details.
“In addition to serving as the final piece of the renovation process, the organ will not only rejuvenate the liturgical experience at the Chapel, but also showcase the integral relationship between music and liturgy,” says Steven Betancourt, director of liturgical music at Loyola. “And, most importantly, the organ will serve the artistic community of Loyola and the greater Chicago area.”
Prior to its arrival on campus, the organ was completely constructed in the Indianapolis workshop of Goulding & Wood, one of America’s leading pipe organ builders, where each hand-crafted piece was assembled and tested. After testing was completed in early August, the organ was disassembled, packed, and delivered to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus on August 22, 2008. In the coming weeks, the team of organ builders will work to install, tune, and regulate the organ.
To celebrate the historic renovation of the Chapel and to introduce the Loyola community to the Chapel’s newest treasure, the University will host an organ dedication week from October 19 through 24, 2008. The week kicks off with an organ blessing on Saturday, October 19 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and concludes with a long-awaited dedication concert on Friday, October 24, that features renowned organ artist, Tom Trenney. A full listing of events can be found at LUC.edu/sacramental_life/organ/dedicationweek.shtml.
About Goulding & Wood, Inc.
Goulding & Wood, Inc., one of America’s leading pipe organ builders, focuses on creating refined musical instruments for churches and universities. Since 1980, Goulding & Wood has installed more than 45 new instruments throughout the country. Each organ is uniquely designed to complement the acoustic and visual demands of the room, and they are hand built in the Indianapolis shop by a team of highly trained craftsmen.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2009 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.