Saint Anthony of Padua

    

 

Roman Catholic Church
West Harrison, New York
 

 

"He who sings, prays twice." - Saint Augustine

 

   

  

  

   

  

  

   

  

  

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Laurence Broderick

Director of Music

Laurence Broderick.

Birthplace: The Bronx, New York.

Laurence T. Broderick has earned accolades as an organist, pianist, choral conductor, and professional tenor. Laurence comes from a rich Catholic tradition and graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, Regis High School in Manhattan, and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He also is a proud graduate of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, where he began his intensive study of keyboard music with the illustrious Glen Kirchoff. Before coming to the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, he was the Organist at the Church of Saint Benedict in Throggs Neck, and the Associate Choral Director and Assistant Organist at Saint Barnabas Church in the Bronx. He also directed the Liturgical Music Programs at the Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, the Church of Saint Bernard in White Plains, Saints Philip and James Church in the Bronx, and Morrissey Manor Chapel at Notre Dame. He is in high demand as an organist and cantor for special liturgical celebrations throughout the Archdiocese. Additionally, Laurence is becoming increasingly recognized as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator of choral music, and for his own orchestrations of well-known hymnody.

Laurence is proud and honored to serve the parish family of the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua as Director of Music, Principal Organist, and Choir Master. Since his arrival in the Fall of 2007, he has enjoyed nurturing and expanding our choir through the exploration of the vast tradition of Liturgical Music from Plainchant to Renaissance to Gospel to Contemporary. Laurence instituted the “Celebration of Pipes” concert series at Saint Anthony’s, which featured operatic and solo instrumental performances. As part of this series, our Church hosted the world-renowned University of Notre Dame Glee Club, not only once, but twice! While at Notre Dame, Laurence had the pleasure of singing with this marvelous group, under the direction of Maestro Daniel Stowe. We look forward to their next visit in the near future! With our extraordinarily gifted and exceedingly supportive Pastor, Father Christopher Monturo, and the outstanding generosity of our parishioners, Laurence oversaw the expansion and renovation of the choir alcove. Furthermore, Laurence secured the acquisition of our magnificent Steinway Model A, which arrived just before Mass for the Easter Vigil in 2009! He looks forward to many more exciting musical endeavors at Saint Anthony’s, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

 
Laurence also enjoys a fruitful and blossoming career as a professional lyric tenor. Having trained with masters of vocal performance and opera at both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed as a featured soloist at the Ravello Music Festival, in Ravello Italy, and in “Passion” – the First International Masterclass for Classical Singers, in Gummersbach, Germany. He has performed extensively with the New York City Opera, singing in La Fanciulla del West, Ariane et Barbe-Bleu, Of Mice and Men, L’Etoile, I Capuleti et I Montecchi, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Touring), and Ariodante. He has also performed with the Sarasota Opera in Falstaff, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio, and scenes from La Boheme, Un Ballo in Maschera, and La Rondine, and with the Utah Festival Opera in Susannah, Naughty Marietta, and South Pacific. He has appeared as the featured soloist in numerous concerts including the award-winning television concert Idol Tiers.
Laurence has toured extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, where he appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony. In 2006, Laurence was awarded a grant from The Schuyler Foundation for Careerbridges, and in 2008 performed in a Careerbridges production with the Pueblo Symphony in Colorado. Laurence has been awarded grants from the Sergio Franchi Foundation, dedicated to the memory of the legendary tenor, Sergio Franchi. Through the vision of Sergio’s devoted and beloved widow, Mrs. Eva Franchi, Laurence had the honor of performing three times (2008, 2011, and 2012) in the famous concert celebrating Sergio’s life and legacy, held every year on the Franchi Estate in Stonington, Connecticut, under the baton of Maestro Jeff Domoto. For the last two years, Laurence performed original orchestrations at the concert written especially for him by Christopher Cooley. In November 2009, Laurence traveled to Tirana, Albania to perform in the Maria Kraja Memorial Concert, which was televised throughout Europe. Upon his return to New York, he performed in the CBS produced television show “Who Wants to Be an Opera Star,” taped at Symphony Space in New York. In February 2010 he sang the tenor solo in Schubert’s Mass in E-flat major with the St. Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of David Randolph. In May 2010, Laurence made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Mass in B-minor, and in April, 2011, returned to Carnegie Hall to perform as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.

More recently, Laurence was praised in The New York Times for his impassioned singing of the title role in Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, which was performed in Mandarin and Cantonese. He completed an engagement with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, singing Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, under the baton of Maestro Willie Waters. He also performed Handel’s rare Chandos Anthem No. 11, and Mozart’s Regina Caeli and Great Credo Mass KV 257 with the Mystic River Chorale, directed by Maestro Frank Martignetti III. Additionally, Laurence had the thrilling opportunity to perform under the baton of the outstanding and brilliant Carolyn Kuan, with the Hartford Symphony. There, he was the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Xian’s exciting Yellow River Cantata, performed in Mandarin. Laurence also appeared with the New Amsterdam Symphony as Rodolfo in La Boheme. He was a featured guest on the Robert Sherman Show, sponsored by the McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase, on WQXR. He traveled to Germany two times on tour, securing European management.


Laurence has begun a new venture as a recording artist, appearing with the Broadway star Shana Mahoney on her solo album. He is currently working on his first solo album.
Laurence Broderick performs
"Nessun Dorma"
from the opera "Turnadot"
by Giacomo Puccini
"Celebration of Pipes III Concert
The Blessing of the Steinway Piano"

Laurence Broderick concludes "A Festival of Lessons and Carols" with a Christmas Medley on the Pipe Organ.