"Of the Fathers" by Mattew Koraus
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. He has written an extensive amount of sacred music for both liturgy and concert, and a number of his liturgical works are published byCanticaNOVA Publications.
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. Additionally, he holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory and Composition from Hofstra University, where he studied with Chandler Carter, David Lalama, Gregory Mercer, and Sonia Grib. His initial organ studies were with Michael Bower, of St. Agnes Catherdal, Rockville Centre, NY.
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. He now serves as dean of the Suffolk Chapter AGO.
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.
Matthew is a highly sought-after tenor, having worked with choirs at such Manhattan institutions as the Church of Saint Agnes, 43rd Street, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue. He is a founding member of the vocal quartet VOX AQUARUM.
He lives on Long Island with his wife and frequent collaborator, Debbie, and their one-year old daughter, Samantha.