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"To the Glory of God Alone"




Choir registration for the 2017-2018 season is currently underway! See forms below:



Samples of our choirs and concerts are included on each of the tabs above. 



Please contact director Matthew Koraus on ways you can support music at St. Patrick's. 
Contact the Director of Music

The St. Patrick's Chorale

Membership in the 50-voice St. Patrick's Chorale is open to all ages 16 and older.  The Chorale enjoys the reputation of being one of the best choirs in our Diocese, singing music spanning the centuries, from medieval chant through newly composed works.  Members are called to attend rehearsals each Thursday at 7:30pm, and to sing at the 11:30am Mass each Sunday, from September to June.  The choir also sings the parish’s annual service of Christmas Lessons and Carols in mid-December, as well as a large Spring Concert with professional orchestra.  Singers of any skill level are most welcome, and those with prior experience are especially encouraged to participate in this enriching opportunity of service through song. 

Please contact Matthew Koraus for more information, or click here to download the registration form. 

The parish's Chorale and Youth Choir have just completed a fine CD recording, entitled "A Year in Music."  Click here for more information

Listen to the Chorale: 

W. A. Mozart: "Kyrie"

W. A. Mozart:  "Regina coeli"
 Maurice Duruflé: "Gloria"

"Jesus Christ is Risen Today," arr. Koraus 
Charles Wood: "Up, Good Christian Folk"
Matthew Koraus: "Nunc Dimittis"

Maurice Duruflé: "Ubi Caritas"  
W. A. Mozart: "Laudate Dominum"  Robert Pearsall: "In Dulci Jubilo"

Youth Choir

Open to children in grades 3 through 8 attending either St. Patrick’s school or public school.  This choir of 30 voices sings every Sunday from September through June at the 10:00am Mass and for other special occasions throughout the year (such as Suffolk’s annual Choir Festival, and the parish’s Spring Concert with professional orchestra).  Rehearsals are every Monday and Thursday afternoon at 2pm for parish school students, and Thursdays at 4:30pm for public school students.  This is a fun introduction to the world of music ministry, focusing on reading music and developing vocal skills. Please contact Mr. Koraus for more information.

2017-2018 Youth Choir SIGN-UP Form

The parish's Chorale and Youth Choir have just completed a fine CD recording, entitled "A Year in Music."  Click here for more information

Listen to the Youth Choir:
John Rutter: "Star Carol"
Matthew Koraus: "Ave Maria"
Charles Wood: "Up, Good Christian Folk"

2017-2018 Concerts and Special Events

The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value…to be preserved and fostered with care.”
(Second Vatican Council, The Constitution on Sacred Liturgy)

We are pleased to announce the following music concerts and special events for the 2017-2018 season. We are especially grateful for our program collaborators this year, the Hofstra University Music Department, and the Suffolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Please plan on attending what promise to be wonderful events in the life of our parish!

Printer-friendly Concerts Brochure, 2017-2018 

Sunday, September 24th, 3:30pm
An Organ Recital, featuring Matthew Koraus
Free-will Offering  ($20 suggested) 

Organist and director of music Matthew Koraus will present a program of the music of Bach, Franck, and Mozart, as well as a musical improvisation on “Scenes from the Life of St. Patrick,” based on events depicted in our church’s treasured altar mural.  Matthew was a finalist in the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, and was the first place winner of the 2015 University of Michigan Competition in Organ Improvisation. 

Hear a sample of Matthew's playing

Sunday, November 5th, 3:30pm
Hofstra University Chamber Singers; David Fryling, director
Free Admission

Featuring “a cappella” choral works spanning the centuries, presented by one of Long Island’s finest choral ensembles.

Hear a sample of the Hofstra Chamber Singers

Sunday, December 17th, 3:30pm
A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols  
Free-will Offering  ($20 suggested)

The parish’s Youth Choir and Adult Chorale present an offering of traditional Christmas carols, alternating with Scripture readings to illuminate the meaning of the season. Featuring works by Victoria, Praetorius, Handel, and others.

Hear a sample of Christmas Lessons and Carols

Sunday, March 25th, 7:30pm
Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows; sung by VOX AQUARUM vocal quartet
Free-will Offering  ($20 suggested)  

A prayerful service of light and darkness to begin Holy Week, featuring chant and Renaissance polyphony sung by VOX AQUARUM vocal quartet.
Hear samples of VOX AQUARUM vocal quartet

Sunday, May 6th, 3:30pm
An Organ Recital, featuring Katherine Meloan
Free-will Offering  ($20 suggested)  

Nationally-renowned organist, Dr. Katherine Meloan, will present an eclectic and invigorating program. Cosponsored by the Suffolk American Guild of Organists.

Learn more about our featured artist, Katherine Meloan

Sunday, June 10th, 3pm
The Seventh Annual Festival Concert Of Sacred Music, 
with Choir and Orchestra:  "Mary Through the Ages" 
Free-will Offering  ($20 suggested)  

The end-of-the-season gala concert featuring the parish’s Youth Choir and Adult Chorale, accompanied by professional orchestra.  Works to include Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” and Koraus' "Magnificat," along with many other Marian favorites.

Hear a sample from a previous Festival Concert

The Pipe Organs of St. Patrick’s, Glück Orgelbau, Opus 16 and Opus 17:

Through the goodness of our parishioners, two new pipe organs by the Glück Pipe Organ Company were installed in 2014 to replace a smaller Möller pipe organ that was failing mechanically.  The grand scaling of the new instruments, featuring two twin consoles of three manuals each and a combined total of 62 pipe ranks (over 3000 pipes), matches well with the cathedral-like size of the St. Patrick’s Church.  The instruments will continue to serve the community in raising the hearts of the faithful to God, and endow each liturgy with a splendor of beauty fitting for the holy sacrifice they celebrate.  

For more information, visit http://www.glucknewyork.com/

Organ Specification and Stoplist

 NEW CD RECORDING:  Coming Spring 2018
 "Organ Unbound" 
Matthew Koraus, organist
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Slideshow of the Organs' Construction:

Additional audio samples of the Organ:

About the Director

Matthew Koraus is an accomplished composer, organist, and tenor, presently serving as the Director of Music Ministries for the Church of St. Patrick in Huntington, NY.  He is also an adjunct professor of music at Hofstra University, NY, and Dean of the Suffolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Matthew holds the Master of Music degree in Composition from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied composition with Mark Stambaugh, and organ with Walter Hilse.  A number of Matthew’s compositions are available through CanticaNOVA Publications.  Matthew also holds the Fellowship Certification from the American Guild of Organists, and was the 2013 winner of both the Fellowship Prize and the S. Lewis Elmer Award offered by the Guild.  He also holds the Guild’s Choir Master Certification and was the 2015 winner of the Choir Master Prize.  Matthew was a finalist in the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, and won the First Prize of the 2015 University of Michigan Improvisation Competition.  He lives on Long Island with his wife and frequent collaborator, Debbie, and their two daughters, Samantha and Jennifer.  

Please visit www.matthewkoraus.com for more information and samples of Matthew’s work.

For your Marriage...

Download the Wedding Music Selection Guide

Please carefully review each of the musical suggestions in the Selection Guide above.  Once you have made your selections, complete all four pages of the form above and return it to the Rectory Office AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE the date of your wedding.  This may be delivered as a hardcopy or sent by email to Stephanie in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Audio samples for each piece may be found by clicking each title on the list below, or by searching elsewhere online.  All of the sample recordings on the list below feature Matthew Koraus, organist.  The vocal samples all feature cantors from parish's roster of singers.  Some pieces were recorded in their entirety; others, in an abbreviated form.  We highly encourage you to listen to every sample and give consideration to each piece before making any decisions on your Selection Guide.  

Please contact us if you have any questions.  Best wishes, and looking forward to your special day!

Audio Samples

recorded live at St. Patrick's, Huntington

1. Prelude Music: 
        -Bach:  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (instrumental)
        -Bach:  Sheep May Safely Graze
        -Mendelssohn:  Movement III (Allegretto) from Organ Sonata no.4
        -Mendelssohn:  Movement IV  (Maestoso) from Organ Sonata no.4

2. Processional Music: 

Seating of the Parents:
        -Bach:  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
        -Barnby:  O Perfect Love  (#722)
        -Hopson:  The Gift of Love
        -Schubert:  Ave Maria

Bridal Party and Bride:
        -Bach:  Air “on the G String” 
        -Bach:  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (instrumental)
        -Bach:  Now Thank We All Our God
        -Bach:  Sheep May Safely Graze
        -Campra:  Rigaudon
        -Charpentier:  Prelude to Te Deum
        -Clarke:  Prince of Denmark’s March 
        -Karg-Elert:  Now Thank We All Our God
        -Koraus:  Improvisation on “Come, Creator Spirit” 
        -Mendelssohn:  Movement III (Allegretto) from Organ Sonata no.4
        -Pachelbel:  Canon in D
        -Purcell:  Trumpet Tune
        -Rameau:  Tendre Amour
        -Wagner:  “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin

3. Responsorial Psalm  (all settings by Matthew Koraus):
        -Psalm 33:  The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord
        -Psalm 34:  I will bless the Lord at all times 
        -Psalm 103:  The Lord is kind and merciful
        -Psalm 112:  Blessed the man who delights in the Lord’s commands
        -Psalm 128:  See how the Lord blesses those who fear him
        -Psalm 145:  The Lord is compassionate toward all his works
        -Psalm 148:  Let all praise the name of the Lord

4. Music during the Candle Lighting  (if applicable):
        -How Happy You  (#721)
        -Now Thank We All Our God  (#985)
        -Barnby:  O Perfect Love  (#722)
        -Vaughan Williams:  Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life

*Items 5 and 6 are for wedding MASSES ONLY.*

5. Presentation of the Gifts:
        -Creator Spirit, Come Make in Us Your Dwelling Place  (#626)
        -How Happy You  (#721)
        -Bach-Gounod:  Ave Maria
        -Bach:  My Heart Ever Faithful (Mein gläubiges Herze)
        -Hopson:  The Gift of Love 
        -Mozart:  Laudate Dominum
        -Vaughan Williams:  Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
        -Vogel:  Behold! How Fair and Pleasant art Thou, My Love

6. Communion:
        -Gift of Finest Wheat  (#666)
        -I Received the Living God  (#676)
        -One Bread, One Body  (#687)
        -Take and Eat  (#686)
        -Taste and See  (#690)
        -Franck:  Panis Angelicus
        -Mozart:  Ave Verum Corpus 

7. Recessional Music and Postlude

        -Beethoven:  Ode to Joy
        -Handel:  Hornpipe (Allegro Maestoso)
        -Handel:  The Rejoicing
        -Karg-Elert:  Now Thank We All Our God
        -Koraus:  Improvisation on “Come, Creator Spirit” 
        -Mendelssohn:  Movement IV  (Maestoso) from Organ Sonata no.4
        -Mendelssohn:  Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream 
        -Mouret:  Rondeau
        -Widor:  Toccata from Symphony no.5               

NOTE:  These recordings are owned by the Church of St. Patrick, Huntington.   Any use of these recordings beyond personal review is strictly prohibited. 


Matthew Koraus, Director of Music
Church of St. Patrick
400 Main Street, 
Huntington NY, 11743
(631) 385-3311, ext. 365
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