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“In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art. Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God. It must therefore translate into meaningful terms that which is in itself ineffable. Art has a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the message and translate it into colors, shapes and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look or listen. It does so without emptying the message itself of its transcendent value and its aura of mystery. The Church has need especially of those who can do this on the literary and figurative level, using the endless possibilities of images and their symbolic force. Christ himself made extensive use of images in his preaching, fully in keeping with his willingness to become, in the Incarnation, the icon of the unseen God.”
— Letter to Artists, Saint Pope John Paul II, #12

The Parish Chorus

Enrollment into the parish chorus is now closed for the remainder of the season. Please fill out the form the below and submit as we prepare for season 2019-2020 and we will set you up with preparatory materials.

 
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In the last chorus you sang in which vocal part.

The Parish Musicians

 

Associate Director of Music and Principal Cantor

Associate Director of Music and Principal Cantor

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.

 

 


Hear us!!

 

Highlights from the 2017 - 2018 Season


Highlights from the 2016 - 2017 Season