The Parish Chorus
This season is particularly special because of our year long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of establishment of Our Lady of Victory Parish. Membership to chorus is open to the entire community within each of our three worship sites here in Bedford-Stuyvesant: Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Victory and St. Peter Claver. Currently, there is a need for singers in all three worship sites on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals this season are held Wednesday evenings in the St. Anthony Chapel of Our Lady of Victory Church at 7pm. There are also Saturday rehearsals scheduled throughout the month.
The Parish Musicians
Rasaan Bourke was born in the Eastchester section of The Bronx on May 27, 1982. Rasaan was raised in Mount Vernon, NY, in a Catholic home, with his family of music lovers (Jazz, in particular). His mother, the late Carol Bourke, played violin in her youth. His father, the late Frank Bourke, played Drums, Flute, and Dbl Bass. Rasaan is one of four children; Bernard, Corinne and Terrance. While studying at the Westminster Choir College, Rasaan encouraged a magnificent passion and career in music making. In 2007, Rasaan was appointed assistant conductor of the New York City Master Chorale, and also prepared and executed five successful seasons alongside Dr. Thea Kano, the chorale's artistic director. In 2013, Rasaan founded The Renaissance Chamber Collaborative, LLC (RCCnyc). Over three successful seasons, the RCCnyc engaged urban communities from across the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area in fine music, art, and dance performances. This past year, 2016, Rasaan was one of eight African American pipe organists to perform in the City of Baltimore's Organscape to Artscape performance at the Historic City Temple Baptist Church. In the fall, he was invited to present an Organ Recital in The 2016 Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, SC. In February of this year, Rasaan was asked to be the Director of Music for the Annual African American Heritage Mass by the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York. The mass held at the renowned Cathedral of Saint Patrick’s in New York City. This the 4th time he has served in this role. Rasaan is grateful for the opportunity he now has serving as Director of Music Ministries and Principal Organist here at Saint Martin De Porres Parish in Brooklyn, NY. Here he manages the regular maintenance and upkeep of the parishes three Pipe Organs, and directing the four parish choirs. These are among a few of his principal responsibilities at the parish, as he comes with a wild array of talents.
Joseph P. Murray
Joseph P. Murray is honored to be working at St. Martin de Porres Parish as Associate Music Director. Mr. Murray holds his degree in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America. Notable roles include Tolomeo in Handel's 'Giulio Cesare' (CUA) as a Counter-Tenor, Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' (2nd Spirit, Summer Opera, Washington, DC), and Offenbach's 'Orpheus in The Underworld' (Mercury [Understudy], Bronx Opera, NY). Joseph has served as MD and AMD for various productions, including the National Black Theatre's world premiere of'A Time to Love,' a critically acclaimed original theatre piece featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, written by Sade Lythcott, executive director and daughter of NBT founder Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Writing/Production collaborations include Teron Beal (singer/songwriter: Jennifer Lopez, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Jackson) and NAACP Award Winner Chester Gregory (currently touring in Motown: The Musical). Mr. Murray continues to work as a cantor/keyboardist throughout the Dioceses of Brooklyn & New York, as well as release original music as an indie artist in NYC.
Partnering Arts Organizations
As a parish with three churches we are blessed to be in a position to open our doors to local artists and groups who are giving back to the community and seeking performance venues and rehearsal space.