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    Over the past 12 months The O'Neill Brothers have received songs from members of the Notre Dame family to be considered for the new 'Spirit of Notre Dame' 2 CD Collection that they are producing.

    Alumni, faculty and even current students overwhelmed The O'Neill Brothers with over 1200 songs from which to choose! The 34 songs below are the songs and the story behind each song that were chosen from this inspiring pool of musical talent. (For more background on this project please click here.)

    Spirit of Notre Dame
    Reflection CD

    1 O Magnum Mysterium (Featuring Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C)

    Patrick Quigley

     Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s professional chamber choir, is one of Miami’s most important classical music organizations. The choir was founded by Patrick Dupre’ Quigley (’00). Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” is featured on the group’s holiday album, A Seraphic Fire Christmas.

    2 Prayer of St. Francis

    Anne Heaton ’94 (singer, songwriter)

     Anne Heaton is an award-winning, critically acclaimed Folk-Pop singer songwriter.  She tours nationally, has played the Sundance Film Festival and Lilith Fair, was a featured Pop artist in the New York Times, and has appeared multiple times on NPR.  Heaton primarily records and performs original songs, but inspired by the words of Saint Francis, was moved to compose accompanying music and recorded this arrangement.  This song and more of Anne Heaton’s music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, at all major retailers and on her website at

    3 The Gate

    Cletus "Mickey" Kennelly ’84 (singer, songwriter)

     SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Cletus Kennelly is a ten-time Wammie-winner (Washington D.C. area Music Awards) including Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year.  Songs from his three CD releases have been used in films, received radio play, and have been recorded by other artists.  Hundreds of live shows have included two performances at D.C.’s Kennedy Center.  He currently divides his time between his performing songwriter career and studio engineering/producing for other artists at Urban Garden Recording Studio.

    “Cletus has a way with words.. only the finest words, the most honest and expressive.  He’s able to pan for nuggets of lyrical gold.”  (Gazette Newspapers)

    4 Back to South Bend

    Chris Goddard ’00 (singer, songwriter)

    Chris Goddard is an attorney and family man in St. Louis, Missouri.  He is also an energized singer/songwriter, “like James Taylor leading a funk band” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).  Chris's 2000 album, Bus Stop, was recognized by Performing Songwriter magazine as a “Top 12” independent release.  Relix magazine has featured Chris as one of “8 Artists You Should Know About,” and he has been a Finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition.

    5 Notre Dame's Prayer to a Guardian Angel

    Roberta Lee Halladay ‘74 (composer)

    Roberta Lee Halladay is a 1974 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School.  She practiced energy, environmental and natural resources Law with several Law Firms in Washington, DC and retired as a partner in the Washington, DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. 

    Music has always been an important part of Roberta’s life.  She studied piano from an early age and continued studies in piano and pipe organ throughout college and law school.  Roberta is a member of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD, where her “Mass of the Little Flower” premiered in 2005 to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Therese of Lisieux. 


    6 Too Rah Loo Rah Loo Rah

    Featuring Regis Philbin ’53  (singer)  Tim O’Neill ’94 (pianist)

     This traditional Irish song was sung by Regis Philbin (’53), performed on the piano by Tim O’Neill, and produced by Rebecca Arons.


    7 Flits and Sallies

    Rich Pagen ’92 (musician, songwriter)

    Two of Rich’s main passions have always been music and conservation biology.   From trombone as a child, to drums and finally guitar, Rich played in several bands while at Notre Dame, and composing and recording music has remained to this day an integral part of Rich’s life.

    Rich’s career as a biologist and educator has included such chapters as monitoring loon nests on the north coast of Alaska, teaching marine biology to teenagers on Catalina Island, conducting shipboard surveys of whales, and leading ecotourism expeditions around the world.

    Rich lives in the city of Minneapolis, where he gets around (almost) everywhere on his bicycle.


    8 A Galway Farewell

    Rudy Hornish ’59 (songwriter, pianist)

    Music has always been a part of my life. My parents were both musicaI and I started piano lessons at 9, had my first band at 14, and a 12-piece dance band at 17. At ND, I discovered theater, and began performing in plays and musical comedies. After graduation I started writing musicals, two with long-time pal and fellow-Domer, Dan Ferrone, 59'. I studied with Lehman Engel at the BMI Music Theater Workshop in NYC, wrote a song for "Captain Kangaroo" and in 1991 started up a Production Company at Paramount Pictures TV in Hollywood where we developed and produced several TV shows. I retired a few years ago, but have never stopped writing music. My mother and I often sang old Irish songs together. Minutes before she passed away at the tender age of 98, we sang and harmonized "And They Called it Ireland" together for the last time. I wrote "A Galway Farewell" in memory of her life and the spirit of music that abided in her soul.

    9 Oh Sister

    Josephine Cameron ’00 (guitar/vocals,songwriter), Anthony Walton ’82 (songwriter) & Carter Little (rhythm guitar/vocals

    Josephine Cameron '00 is a writer and musician living in Brunswick, Maine. She has recorded four CDs of original and traditional American music. Her song “Long Track Blues” was recently included in the New York Times bestseller, Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.

    Anthony Walton '82 is the author of Mississippi: An American Journey (Vintage, 1997) and co-editor of The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (Vintage, 2000). He teaches at Bowdoin College where he is Writer-in-Residence.


    10 She Moved Through the Fair

    Brendan Hanehan '07, '10 (vocalist)
    Nick McCollum '09 (tin whistle)
    John Strong '09 (guitar)


    John and Nick have been friends since attending Marmion Academy in Aurora, IL, and have been collaborating musically for nearly as long. Brendan met John and Nick when all three sang in the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir as undergrads. Each of us has developed a unique interest in traditional Irish music over the years, and each has devoted a lot of time, much of it at Notre Dame, to honing the particular talents that complement one another in this piece.


    11 With All Your Heart (Believe)


    Tim O’Neill ’94 (pianist)

    Tim started playing the piano at a young age and teamed up with his brother, Ryan playing two pianos while attending Notre Dame.  Shortly after graduating, Tim started his own independent record label, Shamrock-n-Roll, Inc., where he has released over 35 CDs of piano music in his relaxing, signature style. The O’Neill Brothers have provided music for NBC, CBS, ESPN, PBS, HBO and have performed over 100 times on QVC TV. Their most recent PBS concert special, “Piano for Someone You Love,” was nominated for an Emmy award, and several of their CDs have topped the Billboard charts. Their wedding CD 'A Day to Remember' is the #1 wedding CD in the USA.

    12 In Her Name

    Jessica Brock ‘05, ‘10, & ‘11 (songwriter, vocals, clarinet) Paul Maich ’72 (songwriter, vocals, guitar) Jessica Maich ’97 (additional lyrics), Victoria McBride ’11 (vocals), Michael Ball ’78, ’82 (vocals)


    Jessica Brock, originally from Wichita, Kansas, is a human rights lawyer and a Candidate with the Sisters of the Holy Cross in South Bend, Indiana.  Jessica has performed in classical and jazz ensembles on various wind and percussion instruments.  She studied clarinet performance and music theory under Dr. W. James Jones and Ms. Marla Weber.


    Originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, Paul Maich has worked as an Executive with American Containers for thirty years after teaching in Maryland and Indiana. A Glee Club member while at Notre Dame, Paul’s involvement with music continued at St. Jude's Parish, and presently with the choir at St. Mary's College. In 1995, he released an album, Time Like Gold.


    13 Peace

    Lisa Gail Murray ’80 (composer) Tim O’Neill ’94 (pianist) Anna Hickner, SMC ’06 (singer)

    Lisa Gail Murray is a pianist and a composer, whose original songs can be heard on the CD, “Let Peace Expand.”  She has worked in a variety of settings in her professional life, first as a social worker, then as an author, newspaper columnist, editor, and in development and public relations, but music has always been the underlying current that has nourished her spirit. She particularly enjoys improvisation, gives piano lessons off and on, plays for several churches, and is happiest when creating music with her two daughters, Molly and Bridget.


    Anna Hickner is a 2006 graduate of Saint Mary’s College.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology, with minors in both Biology and Spanish, and sang in the Notre Dame liturgical choir.  After graduating, Anna volunteered as a school psychologist while working with impoverished teenaged girls in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Also a pianist, she additionally coauthored, arranged and performed original music at the school’s graduation.  Anna is currently studying clinical psychology at the George Washington University, and will graduate with her doctorate in 2012.  She continues to compose music and perform at various venues.


    14 Grateful

    James Casto ’96 (singer, songwriter)

    In 2002, James Casto took a leap of faith, left Corporate America and returned to writing songs, a passion that began in high school on an old, out of tune, upright piano in his parents basement near Atlanta, GA.  Since then he’s written songs for a platinum selling country artist, numerous gospel and indie artists, and for companies like Kroger, Mazda, Macy’s, Mercy Ships, and more.  James has released five solo CDs, performs across the USA, and married Karen six days after graduating from Notre Dame.  “Grateful” is dedicated, in part, to his friend and classmate at ND, Stuart Pegg, who left us too soon.



    Spirit of Notre Dame
    Celebration CD

    1 What Are You Fighting For?

    Emily Lord ’96 (singer, songwriter)


    © 2011 Jungle Queen Publishing Company / BMI
    Produced, recorded and mixed by Mark Hallman at The
    Congress House Studio, Austin, TX

    Inspired by Notre Dame's social justice mission and the University's football halftime television commercials, Emily Lord ('96) wrote "What Are You Fighting For."  Emily is a singer-songwriter and stay-at-home-mother living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After graduation, Emily fulfilled her active duty Army ROTC commitment, then pursued a career as a professional touring musician until the birth of her children.  She continues to write and record music, and her discography includes four albums of original songs:
    Dedicated (2010), Brand New Day (2005),  Rearview Mirror (2000) and Beginnings (1995), which she released during her senior year at Notre Dame. 


    2 Luck and Angels

    Kat Quinn ’10 (singer, songwriter) & Laura McGhee (fiddle)

    Kat Quinn is a singer/songwriter, originally from Marblehead, MA, and currently lives in New York City.  She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Spanish and Peace Studies.  Notre Dame has given her so many opportunities over the years, and she is grateful to be a part of this album!

    © 2011 Bilbao Station Music / BMI


    3 Irish in the Yard

    Written and Produced for album “Forever Irish” by:  John Tabis & Ken O’Malley;   Performed by:  Ken O’Malley

    John Tabis, Notre Dame Class of 2000, started his first band, “Sexual Chocolate” at ND.  After redefining Acoustic Café and winning Nazz his senior year, he fronted the pop-rock band “The Stone Puppet” in Chicago from 2001-2004.  In Los Angeles since ’04, John has worked at Universal Music Group and Disney, and continues to pursue creative and entrepreneurial endeavors.  For “Forever Irish”, a collection of tailgating songs in the Irish tradition, John partnered with Irish singer and bard Ken O’Malley.  The album, available online and in the ND Bookstore, combines Notre Dame football lore with classic, sing-a-long Irish Pub tunes.  

    4 Irish Soul

    Don Savoie (singer, songwriter) & Hugh Page (harmonica)

    Thomas Guinan ‘91’92’93 (drums), Nicholas Russo (bass), Max Johnson ’89 ‘92 (guitar)

     (The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr., is Dean of the First Year of Studies and Associate Professor of Theology and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. degree with a major in History from Hampton University; M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York; a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.  An Episcopal priest, poet, musician, photographer, martial artist, and certified tennis professional, he strives to live according to the Renaissance Ideal of broad, deep, and integrative engagement in daily life. He is a vocalist and Blues harp player for the Oblates of Blues.


    5 The Mermaid

    Kevin Short ’78. (guitar, vocals) Pat Donohue (guitar, harmony vocals)


    Kevin Short graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1978. After his law school classmate, John Cotter, suffered a fatal heart attack, Kevin recorded a CD of Irish songs, Cotter’s Tunes, as a memorial to his friend. Most of Cotter’s Tunes, including The Mermaid, were songs that John and Kevin sang while students at Notre Dame. Kevin is joined on The Mermaid by his high school classmate, Pat Donohue, who is the guitarist for A Prairie Home Companion. The CD is available for purchase at and at the Notre Dame Bookstore. All proceeds from the sale of Cotter’s Tunes go to a college fund for the three Cotter children, one of whom is ND ‘14.


    6 Irish, Oh Irish

    William J. O’Connor ’74 (songwriter)

    William Joseph O'Connor is a 1974 Notre Dame graduate. He recently recorded his 22nd song with Bill Porter and his orchestra, all without the ability to read or write music and with no training in the field when he began approximately years ago nine when Bill was kind enough to adopt this newcomer. He spent four years receiving the guidance of our swim coach, Dennis Stark, and have received it ever since. He married his wife Sarah in 1984 and they have four great kids: Elizabeth, Bill, Sean, and Eileen. When very young they were known as Peace, Tranquility, Confrontation, and Destruction. Two just graduated from Purdue, two remain. Bill is the sole general practitioner and Corporation Counsel for his hometown of Hammond, Indiana but will look for another career once I receive those seven Grammies he deserved.


    7 Wearin' of the Green

    Performed by The Notre Dame Bagpipe Band.
    The Notre Dame Bagpipe Band is comprised entirely of students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College. From their founding in the 1980's, the band has grown and waned over the years but has been growing at a steady pace throughout the late 2000's. They perform at every home football game, perform at several corporate and personal tailgates, basketball halftimes, marched in the Chicago South Side Irish St. Patty’s Day parade and performed at the College Football Hall of Fame for Knute Rockne statue dedication. They were named the ND Performing Arts Club of the year in 2010-2011!


    8 Here Come the Irish (Rock Anthem)

    Graham Hannan (singer, songwriter)

    HaNNaN is a modern rock band based out of Orlando Florida with strong ties to the University of Notre Dame. Singer Graham Hannan's legacy includes his Great Grandfather who ran track for the legendary Knute Rockne and played the Pipe Organ in the cathedral for all four years of his career. His Grandfather, Ed Hannan Sr. was a cheerleader for the ND football team and "HaNNaN' thought it was about time to leave it's mark in the Notre Dame history books!  This new anthem was written in tribute to the great history of Notre Dame's past with a feel to inspire Notre Dame's future!!


    9 Warriors

    Santiago x The Natural (Lawrence Santiago '05 -singer, songwriter) 

    Jeffery Stephens, '07

    Architect x Lawyer by day.....Santiago x The Natural seek to transform the soundscape of popular music through their eclectic hybrid sound. They met at the University of Notre Dame, where their humble beginnings recording mix tapes in Santiago's dorm room in Zahm Hall eventually led to opening gigs and collaborations with the likes of Akon, Wyclef Jean, The Clipse, Cake, Pepper and more.

    The Natural ('07) hails from Keenan Hall where he quickly became an anticipated act in the annual Keenan Review. 

    Santiago hails from Zahm Hall and, along with his former bands Station One and Bajawalla, performed in several musical festivals in Chicago, Milwaukee and other major cities.


    10 Saturday at ND

    Nick Nagurski ’01 (singer) Tim O’Neill ’94 (lyricist)

    Robert William Lamm (songwriter) Big Elk Music, Primary Wave Lamm, Spirit Two Music Inc., Threesome Music Company (publishers)


    Based on the song, Saturday in the Park by Chicago. 


    11 Brown Eyed Girl

    Members of the Fifth Harmonic singing group were Michael Lazzara ’97 (soloist) Michael Peppard ’98 (arranger) Michael Anderson ’97 Joseph Wycoco ’97 Seth Miller ’97 Mark Roschewski ‘97

    Fifth Harmonic, a cappella spinoff group of the Notre Dame Glee Club, shared its harmonies on campus and beyond from 1994 to 1997. In 1996, the group released the CD The Fundamental, which features ten arrangements of timeless pop classics. Today the group’s members—Mark Roschewski (first tenor), Michael Lazzara (second tenor), Michael Peppard (second tenor), Michael Anderson (baritone), Joe Wycoco (baritone), and Seth Miller (bass)—continue to keep music in their lives while enjoying careers in business, academia, and medicine. The group is honored to live on in Notre Dame’s musical memory through this compilation album.



    12 Pickin Wild Mountain Berries

    Edward S. Thomas, Jr. ’58 (singer, songwriter, pianist)

    My music started back in the 3rd grade taking music lessons from a talented nun names Sister Mary Celestine. I started playing the organ at church at the age of 11. Born and raised in Jackson Ms. I was exposed to Blues and Gospel music at an early age...Before graduating from N.D. I visited Sun Records in Memphis and they decided to record my songs with brother Cliff and sister Barbara. Cliff was the lead singer, and Barbara and I sang background.. I played piano on all the recordings and wrote the songs. In the 60"s and 70's I opened  a recording studio with brother Cliff and a friend named Bob McRee...Bob was the engineer and all three of us was involved in writing and producing the songs.  Pickin Wild Mountain Berries was just one of our million selling record recorded here in Jackson, Ms.

    My livelihood was in design and manufacturing of men’s shirts and Ladies sportswear. In the manufacturing business for 47 years.  I have 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. Till this day I still direct and play the organ for a Catholic Church congregation here in Jackson.

    My choir is on under St Jude Catholic church, Pearl, Ms.

    13 Loyal Sons

    Pat McKillen ’10 (singer, songwriter, guitar and mandolin)


    Originally from Barrington, IL in Northwest Chicago, Pat graduated from Notre Dame in 2010 with a degree in Finance. From an early age, however, guitar, songwriting and performing had been his passion. During his four years at Notre Dame, he played at nearly every venue possible; from LaFortune to Legends, CJ's to Stepan. Behind a powerful voice and a sound that fuses folk and rock, he gained a loyal following. He has since continued pursuing his dream by performing around the country and releasing his first full-length album "Stagefright" in May of 2011.

    14 Up the Black River

    Written and performed by Chris Reagan ('80) - This song is about Chris' family's ship chandlery business that supplied provisions to boats on the Great Lakes. The song depicts the grueling work on the boat and is about the sacrifices a parent made to keep a dying business afloat and support his family. Chris' brother, uncle and dad all attended Notre Dame.


    15 The Wild Domer

    John Kennedy ’79, ‘91 (singer)
    The Wild Domer was recorded in Kennedy’s Kitchen. That’s where they gather each Thursday evenings for a meal, conversation, and music. joHn Kennedy founded The Kitchen in 1998 and since then they have produced four CDs while performing regularly in regional concerts, festivals, backyards and pubs throughout the Mid-west. joHn is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Chile 79-81). Joe Dolan ’84 (singer, songwriter)

    16 Our Day Will Come

    Thomas More Scott ’99 (singer) Tim O’Neill ’94 (lyricist)

    Dr. Scott has degrees in piano performance, choral conducting, liturgical studies (UND), and a Ph.D. in music theory and music composition. His choirs have sung at The Vatican and elsewhere. Tom is the Director of Music Ministries at The First Congregational Church in Hudson, OH, and is the Associate Director of the award-winning Men of Independence.  He and Ann have been married 32 years, and they have four children.  Our Day Will Come was written by Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson.  Parody lyrics were written by Tim O’Neill.


    17 Our Lady of the Lake

    John Scully ’80 and Jim Tullio

    c 1997 Tools Music (BMI) and John Scully Songs (BMI) 

    Vocal: Cathy Richardson, Drums: Travis T. Bernard, Piano and keyboards: John Scully, Irish Flute and Button Accordian: John Williams, Bass and Percussion: Jim Tullio.

    Produced, engineered and mixed by Jim Tullio

    @ Butcher Boy Chicago

    Notre Dame Marching Band Recorded At Notre Dame Band Room


    Jim Tullio’s expansive music career has encompassed too much ground to be covered in a few short lines. Some samples: he studied at an early age with Aaron Copeland, performed bass with artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Goodman, produced Richie Havens, Dave Mason and Mavis Staples, has been recognized with two Grammys, a WC Handy Award and countless other awards for his extensive work in corporate and commercial work. In 1993, Jim made the acquaintance of former Irish All American center and long time Atlanta Falcon John Scully after Scully’s retirement from the NFL. For his part, John was a life-long pianist looking to make a mark on the Chicago music scene when the two of them allied to produce a very large body of studio work over the next ten years. One of those projects was a record called ‘Here Come the Irish,’ written and recorded in 1997, with Cathy Richardson on vocals. This pivotal song has since become an integral part of the Notre Dame culture.



    18 With All Your Heart (Believe)

    Tim Stopulos (songwriter)


    In the summer of 2011, Tim Stop will release a new album called 'Songs of Separation', and the title couldn't be more apropos.  It seems there are separate and opposite forces constantly struggling within his music.  His sound ranges from solo piano and acoustic pop to high energy electric rock.  It is at once intensely personal and unmistakably universal.  Often times, playful rhythms will set the background for serious, somber lyrics.  And although Tim's music is distinctly his own, his songwriting on both guitar and piano harken back to the artists who have inspired him over the years - Billy Joel, Dave Matthews, Coldplay and Maroon 5 to name a few.


    19 Here Come the Irish (Featuring Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.)

    John Scully ‘80 & Jim Tullio.

    c 1997 Tools Music (BMI) and John Scully Songs (BMI) 

    Vocal: Cathy Richardson, Drums: Travis T. Bernard, Piano and Keyboards: John Scully, Irish Flute and Button Accordian: John Williams, Fiddle: John Rice, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass and Percussion: Jim Tullio.


    Jim Tullio’s expansive music career has encompassed too much ground to be covered in a few short lines. Some samples: he studied at an early age with Aaron Copeland, performed bass with artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Goodman, produced Richie Havens, Dave Mason and Mavis Staples, has been recognized with two Grammys, a WC Handy Award and countless other awards for his extensive work in corporate and commercial work. In 1993, Jim made the acquaintance of former Irish All American center and long time Atlanta Falcon John Scully after Scully’s retirement from the NFL. For his part, John was a life-long pianist looking to make a mark on the Chicago music scene when the two of them allied to produce a very large body of studio work over the next ten years. One of those projects was a record called ‘Here Come the Irish,’ written and recorded in 1997, with Cathy Richardson on vocals. This pivotal song has since become an integral part of the Notre Dame culture.