Carolyn Pirtle is program director at the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, where she also is the managing editor of and a frequent contributor to the McGrath Institute Blog. She earned her master's degrees in theology and sacred music at Notre Dame, and also a master’s degree in music at Kansas State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music.
Pirtle is an award-winning composer of liturgical and non-liturgical music, and has been commissioned by organizations including the South Bend Chamber Singers, Saint Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame. Her music has been published by World Library Publications and earthsongs.
Pirtle previously served as director of music and elementary music instructor at St. John Berchmans Parish in Chicago. She also cofounded and served as the house director of the House of Brigid community in Ireland. Pirtle is the author of Praying the Rosary Together. She has been a guest on Redeemer Radio and Sacred Heart Radio.
She lives in South Bend, Indiana.