The Incarnation Choristers

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The Incarnation Choristers

1290 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York 10033

The famous (and rare) Incarnation Choristers 33 RPM LP vinyl album:



Sister M. Auxilium, S.C. (?-?) Appointed 1910 Principal and 2nd grade teacher;

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Casey (?-?) Third pastor, 1940s;

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Delaney, D. D. (?-?) Second pastor, 1930s, Incarnation Church dedicated 1 June 1930;

Catherine Marie Duffy née Rochfort (1892-1980) parishioner;

Patrick Joseph Duffy (1892-1969) parishioner;

Archbishop John Murphy Farley (1842-1918) Laid school cornerstone 17 October 1909;

Margaret Anna Green née Kantz (1908-1959) parishioner;

Grace Lillian Henderson née Kantz (1918-2002) parishioner;

George Herlihy (?-?) pianist, organist, music librarian, arranger;

William H. Jones (?-?) Yonkers-based architect of the church;

Gustav Kantz (1882-1963) Unenthusiastic but dutiful parishioner;

Marcella Marie Kantz née Shine (1921-2004) parishioner;

Mary M. Kantz née Buckley (1888-1968) parishioner;

Philip Frank Kantz (1921-1968) parishioner;

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Lavelle, Vicar General (1856-1939) Preached at the school cornerstone dedication 17 October 1909;

Florence C. Leonard née Kantz (1916-1972) parishioner;

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney (?-?) first pastor assigned 1908, opened Incarnation School 1910;

Myles A. Martin (1925-1990) supporter;

Rosemary A. Martin née Shine (1924-2000) parishioner;

Rev. Alexander McCarthy (?-?) Second priest assigned 1909;

Albin D. McDermott M.A. (1908-1968) organist, pianist;

Agnes M. McManemin (1925-?) liner notes, production;

Dr. John A. McManemin Jr., Ph.D. (1923-2010), liner notes, production;

Margaret Theresa Meise née Wurthmann (1927-2006) parishioner;

Sister Mercedes, S.C. (?-?) Appointed 1910 1st Grade teacher;

Father Daniel F. O'Sullivan (1895-1945) fund?tor scholae cant?rum;

Marcella Rochfort (1888-1976) parishioner;

Catherine Schoemer née Shine (1919-1976) parishioner;

Harold J. Schoemer (1913-2001) supporter and occasional chorister;

Daniel William Shine (1878-1964) parishioner;

Rev. Walter D. Slattery (?-?) Ordained 6 June 1903; First priest assigned 1908;

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Waterson, P.A., S.T.D., (1901-1978) Fourth pastor 1960s, Latin coach;

Helen Ruth Shine Wurthmann née Shine (1922-2017) parishioner;

Henry St. Clair Wurthmann Sr. (1891-1971) parishioner;

LTC (USAF Ret.) Henry St. Clair Wurthmann Jr. (1925-2011) chorister, music librarian, parishioner;

Mae Collins Wurthmann née Collins (1893-1964) parishioner…

et requi?scant n?t? atque ign?t? in p?ce! 

The Reverend Daniel F O'Sullivan formed his boy Choristers (altos, sopranos) in 1925 at the Church of the Incarnation, 1290 St Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York 10033 in the Washington Heights section of upper Manhattan Island, four years before construction of the church was completed.

Mens' voices (basses, tenors) were added in 1931.

By 1935 the choir had earned an international reputation in the performance of liturgical polyphonic music and Gregorian Chant. The last concert under Father O'Sullivan's direction was on 12 January 1941. Father O'Sullivan died in November 1945.


This 1965 collection is the only available recording by the Incarnation Choristers, dated 1936-41, under the direction of the choir's founder, Father Daniel O'Sullivan; and of the Twentieth Anniversary Memorial Mass for Father O'Sullivan 20 November 1965, sung by former Choristers.

Two copies were sent to archives in France and Italy but at an unknown date the archivists divested thousands of recordings, including the two Incarnation Choristers albums.  Fortunately, the two copies went to Catalonia/Cataluña/Catalunya, a Spanish autonomous community/comunidad autónoma with a musicological tradition going back almost 1,000 years.  This scholarly tradition reached its peak with Felip Pedrell Sabaté (1841-1922) during the reign of King Alfonso XIII (1886-1941).

Pedrell Sabaté edited inter ali? the complete works of the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548 – 1611) whose O magnum myst?rium appeared in track 4 of the recording.


1. Twentieth Anniversary Memorial Mass for Father Daniel F O'Sullivan - 20 November 1965

2. Av? V?rum Corpus (Gradualia I of 1605, vol. 2 no. 5) by William Byrd (c. 1539/40 or 1543–1623)

Radio broadcast 4 January 1941;

3. 'Religion, the Inspiration of Music' - talk by Father Daniel O'Sullivan Radio broadcast 4 January 1941

4. O magnum myst?rium by Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548 – 1611) Radio broadcast 4 January 1941;

5. Kyrie/ ????? from the Missa Brevis in F (1570) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

Requiem Mass for Cardinal Hayes, St Patrick's Cathedral 9 September 1938;

6. S?nctus from the Missa Brevis in F (1570) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

Requiem Mass for Cardinal Hayes, St Patrick's Cathedral 9 September 1938;

7. Finale from the Passi? secundum Johannem or St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1724) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concert performance at the Metropolitan Opera House 1 April 1936.

[NOTE ONE: A copy is held by the Catàleg Collectiu de les universitats de Catalunya (CCUC), Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya Carrer del Gran Capità, 2-4. 08034 Barcelona:

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Autor corporativo Incarnation choristers

Título Incarnation choristers [Enregistrament sonor] / Rev. Daniel F. O'Sullivan, director

Publicación/producción [S.l. : s.n., 1965 o posterior?]

Descripción 1 disc sonor : 33 rpm ; 30 cm + 3 fulls mecanoscrits + 1 targeta

Nota Notes sobre els intèrprets, fotos del cor i el contingut del disc als fulls. Tarjeta adreçada a Mr & Mrs John McManemin

Data de publicació deduïda de les notes mecanoscrites

Enregistrament no editat

Conté: Twentieth anniversary memorial mass reverend Daniel F. O'Sullivan -- Ave verum / William Byrd -- Religion, the inspiration of music / Daniel F. O'Sullivan -- O magnum mysterium / Tomas Luis de Victoria -- Requiem mass for Patrick Cardenal Hayes -- Finale of the Passion of Saint John / Bach

Intérpretes George Herlihy, piano i orgue ; Albin McDermott, orgue

Materia Cors sacres (Veus d'infants) ac. d'orgue

Autor adicional O'Sullivan, Daniel F.

Núm. de editor DRC-12666 : no venal

Bib-id .b49149350]

[NOTE TWO: A copy is held by the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Carrer de l'Hospital, 56. 08001 Barcelona:


Autor corporativo: Incarnation choristers

Título Incarnation choristers [Enregistrament sonor] / Rev. Daniel F. O'Sullivan, director

Edición/Producción [S.l. : s.n., 1965 o posterior?]

Descripción: 1 disc sonor: 33 rpm; 30 cm + 3 fulls mecanoscrits + 1 targeta


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Albin D. McDermott A.A.G.O.

BA and MA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

According to The Guardian of Little Rock, Arkansas for 7 March 1931, McDermott collaborated with Dr. E.T. Sage, head of the Latin department at the University of Pittsburgh, to produce an English translation of Pope Pius XI's first radio address (in Latin) on 12 February 1931.

In 1933 he received an AAGO degree from the American Guild of Organists.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of 25 August 1934, page 5, his first tenure was at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 622 St. Agnes Lane, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122 (destroyed by fire 5 June 1974).

In the 1940 census he was resident at 300 West 108th Street, apartment 7B, New York, New York 10025-2813. In the same apartment were:

Head of household Eric Papa (1905-?)

Mother Hilde Papa (1890-?)

Aunt Bertha Winternitz (1870-?)

Housekeeper Mary Morris (1905-?)

McDermott was an organist of considerable repute in the NYC area.

He was regular organist at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 207 West 96th Street, New York, New York 10025 from 1934 until his death.

He was an occasional guest artist on Columbia’s 'Church of the Air' and on NBC's 'Catholic Hour'. In the 1940s he recorded several 78s. He played for the Incarnation Choristers, Church of the Incarnation, 1290 St Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York 10033.

McDermott attended the 60th convention of the American Guild of Organists (A.G.O.) at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City 25-29 June 1956.

On 30 October 1957 McDermott copyrighted (EU498595) an arrangement of 'Beautiful Isle' with word and music by Owen Connolly) (?-?).

On 3 May 1966 he copyrighted (EU937135) 'The Ballad of Lord Nelson'; (The ballot of Lord Nelson), words and music by James Joseph Geraghty (?-?) arr. by Albin D. McDermott using the pseudonym "Jack Stevens".

Dr. John A. McManemin, Jr. Ph.D., 87, of 91 Maple Drive, Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey 07762 died Thursday 23 September 2010.

He was the son of John A. McManemin Sr. (Pennsylvania 1893-?) and Mary E. McManemin (New York 1895-?).

He grew up in Assembly District 23, Enumeration District 31-2103, Washington Heights, 575 West 177th Street, New York, New York 10033-7215. He and his family attended the Church of the Incarnation, 1290 St Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York 10033.

In 1965 he and his wife wrote the liner notes and compiled archival photos for the vinyl LP "Incarnation Choristers", a memorial to its director Father Daniel F. O'Sullivan (1895-1945).

He was a founding member of ?na v?ce, an organization promoting the Latin Mass in The Catholic Church (see The Montreal Gazette of 21 October 1967 page 50).

John attended Cathedral College, and was a graduate of Fordham University, and earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from New York University. He was the Executive Treasurer for Sperry & Hutchinson Corp. (of S. and H. Green Stamps fame), 114 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10011.

John was a professor of Finance at Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey 07079.

According to the fall 1974 edition of Sacred Music vol. 101, no. 3 he was one of six directors of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA), 548 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103.

He was the author of "Captains of the Continental Navy" (1982).

John lived in 20 Wyncote Road, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey 07423 before moving to Spring Lake Heights in 1985.

He published "Irish-American Sea Captains of the Revolutionary War" (Spring Lake, New Jersey: Ho-Ho-Kus Publishing Co.) in 1994.

Between 1994-2005 McManemin donated approx. 85 books to the Monmouth County Archives (Monmouth County Hall of Records, 1 East Main Street, Post Office Box 1255, Freehold, New Jersey 07728) now known as the 'John A. McManemin Revolutionary War Book Collection'.

McManemin was predeceased by his son Robert W. McManemin (1952-2001) and his brother Joseph P. McManemin (1924-2004), Manhattan College Class of 1948.

Surviving at the time was his wife of 62 years Agnes M. McManemin (18 August 1925-?) (who moved around a great deal: 10495 Hannah Farm Road, Oakton, Virginia 22124; 559 Beachwalk Circle, Naples, Florida 34108; 66 Woodland Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32962-3797), sister Ann (1930-?), a son John A. McManemin III and his wife Johanna McManemin (3452 Monte Verde Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109-3229), two daughters Diane M. Warren née McManemin and her husband Jeffrey Warren, Mary Ellen Clark née McManemin and her husband Matthew Clark, and seven grandchildren: Karen, Scott, John A. McManemin IV, Jillian, Corinne, Christine, and Brian, and a daughter-in-law Mary McManemin.

The Funeral Mass was Monday 27 September 2010 9:30am at St. Catharine Catholic Church, 215 Essex Avenue, Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762.

Donations were sought to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Griffin Road, Post Office Box 196, Elmhurst, Pennsylvania 18416 (John A. McManemin Sr.'s birth in Pennsylvania explains the connection).

Submitted: January 19, 2018

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