music ministry

how we jam

O come, let us sing unto the LORD:
Let us make a joyful noise
To the rock of our salvation.
— Psalm 95:1

our style

Traditional & Contemporary Gospel

We pride ourselves on the beauty of Gospel music and infuse it with a unique flavor from our multi-generational and multi-cultural influences at SFDS. Consistent feedback that our sound and energy enhance our community's faith and worship is motivation to continue our reputation as one of the most progressive music ministries in Manhattan.


praise with the pros

Music is not just a God given-talent: it is a craft honed through education, experience, and relentless dedication.  Several of our professional musicians hold degrees in music and collectively have performed and/or composed on Broadway, in the studio, in the classroom and at multiple professional venues around the world.


Dylan Wyka

Jamaal Clark Turpin


Nilusha Dassenaike


music mantra


Play and sing solely for the glory and honor of God — uplifting those who seek Him.


Music executed at its highest level makes Mass more prayerful, powerful, and meaningful.  


Continually emphasize and practice excellence in musicianship.


Encourage and amplify God's voice through congregational participation. 


Let our voices be guided in prayer by the desire to serve and lift hearts toward God.


Reflect the beauty and diversity of our community. Let God do His work through our ministry.


our choirs

11am CHOIR

The 11AM Choir is the principle vocal ensemble at SFDS. They minister musically on a weekly basis as well as enhance such special liturgies as during Holy Week and on Easter and Christmas.

Rehearsal: Tuesdays from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM (except in June & July)
Worship: Sundays at 11:00 AM Mass (10:15 AM run-through)

To join this choir, do not hesitate to contact Dylan, Director of Music Ministries, by e-mailing



Este coro es para todos los que quieran armonizar en español. Es perfecto para aquellos sin experiencia previa o con horarios pesados. Este coro no tiene audiciones y está abierto a todos los feligreses.

Ensayo: los martes de las 8:00 PM a las 9:00 PM (excepto junio y julio)
Adoración: los domingos durante la misa de las 12:30 PM

Para unirse a este coro, no dude en contactar con Dylan, Director de los Ministerios de Música, escribiendo a



We invite our youth and their families to join us in praise! Currently, our youth choir performs four times a year (Christmas Eve, Resurrection Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, and the Solemnity of Christ the King) at the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass and rehearses for a month prior to their scheduled Mass. Check our online Calendar for rehearsal/worship dates.

To join this choir, do not hesitate to contact Dylan, Director of Music Ministries, by e-mailing