music ministry

how we jam

Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
— Psalm 102

our style

Traditional & Contemporary Gospel

We pride ourselves on the original beauty of gospel music and infuse a unique flavor with our multi-generational and multi-cultural influences. Consistent feedback that our sound and energy continues to 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 pro's

Music is not only a God given talent, but a craft honed through education, experience and relentless dedication.  All of our professional musicians hold degrees in music and collectively performed and composed on broadway, in-studio, the classroom and multiple professional venues around the world.


Jim Stayton

Music Director / Conductor/Composer

jamaal clark turpin

Broadway Singer / Performer

shaleah adkisson

Singer / Actress / Teaching Artist

kathleen kilbane

Vocal Specialist / Freelance Singer / Religion Teacher

gregory keith lathan

International Musical Performer / Entrepreneur / Composer 


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 towards God.


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




The Praise Choir is the principle vocal ensemble at SFDS. The Praise Choir is made up of two smaller vocal ensembles who sing weekly as well as perform at special Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas performances.

Rehearsal: Sundays at 10:00AM
Perform: Sundays at 11:00AM Mass


Perfect for those with no previous experience or with busy schedules! This choir has no auditions and is open to all parishioners ages 16 and up. Our main role is to reinforce the congregation's singing.  

Rehearsal: 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00-8:30PM
Perform: Sundays at 11:00AM Mass



We are an auditioned choir made up of singers with some vocal training.  We provide the harmonies for our Praise Choir and also prepare high level choral repertoire for special events throughout the year.

Rehearsal: Sundays at 10:00AM
Perform: Sundays at 11:00AM Mass


This choir of 2nd-5th grade parishioners and adults who sing or play an instrument sings monthly at our Family Mass as well as during special events involving our Religious Education students throughout the year.

Rehearse: one Tuesday per month at 5:00-6:00PM Perform: once a month during the school year at 9:00AM



Worship is our newly formed teen and young adult ensemble made up of both singers and instrumentalists.  We will serve as the leaders of the Music Ministry once a month.

Rehearsal: 1st Saturday of each month at 3:00-4:30PM
Perform: one Saturday a month at the 5:00PM Mass

coro en español

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

Ensayo: domingos a las 11:30AM
Canto: domingos durante la Misa de las 12:30PM


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