Music at Corpus Christi

The unique tradition of liturgical music began at Corpus Christi in 1936 when the doors of its new church opened.  Its pastor, the well-known New Yorker Father George Barry Ford, and his music director, William McDonald, inaugurated a pattern that has since become this small parish’s special hallmark: a full program of choral and organ music each Sunday and holyday—together with strong congregational singing—fifty-two weeks of every year.

The music draws on the inestimable riches of church music of all periods, beginning with plainchant and including modern works specially commissioned from some of America’s finest composers.  The quality of music at this church is highly regarded well beyond the New York City area.

And we host a noted Early Music concert series.  Click here for Music Before 1800.

 The Choir of Corpus Christi Church performing as part of Music Before 1800

The Choir of Corpus Christi Church performing as part of Music Before 1800

 Anonymous 4 singing at Corpus Christi

Anonymous 4 singing at Corpus Christi

Friends of Liturgical Music at Corpus Christi

In 1988 a group of parishioners formed an organization, The Friends of Liturgical Music at Corpus Christi.  Click on image for details.

Holtkamp Organ

Splendid example of Walter Holtkamp’s American Classic organ. Three-manual instrument with 23 stops (29 ranks of pipes).  For more information and organ specifications.

 
 Music Commissioned for Corpus Christi Church.  Click on image for detailed list.

Music Commissioned for Corpus Christi Church.  Click on image for detailed list.