“Your song and your music, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist, make it clear that we are one body and sing one faith with one voice. Even if we speak different languages, everyone can understand the music we sing, the faith we profess and the hope that we await…Through these musical compositions and songs, voice is also given to prayer…and in this way a real international choir is formed, where in unison the praise and glory rises to the Father of all from his people.”
–Pope Francis, Int’l Choir Conference, The Vatican, November 2018
The Parish Chorus
Enrollment into the parish chorus is now closed for the remainder of the season. Please fill out the form below and submit as we prepare for season 2020-2021 and we will set you up with preparatory materials.
The Parish Musicians
Joseph P. Murray
Joseph P. Murray has been a part of the St. Martin de Porres Parish family since 2017 when he was hired as Associate Music Director. Since then, he has taken on the role of Co-Director, alongside his friend & colleague, Ms. Joan Delahut, and couldn’t be happier!
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 for Bonnie Raitt, Michael Jackson) and NAACP Award-Winning performer Chester Gregory (Dreamgirls, Nat’l Tour, Sister Act: The Musical, 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 independent artist in NYC.
Joan Marie Delahunt
Joan Marie Delahunt is delighted to be working at St. Martin de Porres Parish as Co-Director of Music. Ms. Delahunt comes from a family of church organists who started in Brooklyn. She is Music Director for the Himan Brown Senior Chorus at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan, and Assistant Director for 92nd St. Y Broadway Chorus. Ms. Delahunt was a Choral Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices program, teaching elementary and High School for DOE in Bed Stuy, the Bronx, Williamsburg and Crown Heights. She has studied Arranging for Big Band w/Jimmy Heath at Queens College and sung with the NY Choral Society.
Highlights from the 2017 – 2018 Season
Highlights from the 2016 – 2017 Season