Children's Choir of St. Martin de Porres


In 2010, Saint Martin de Porres Catholic School planted the seeds for a combined chorus and violin program. Through the vision and creative force of Frederica von Stade, over 50 students now participate in the school’s growing music program. Many students whose families struggle to pay tuition are playing the violin or singing in the choir. Today the choir consists of students from fourth through eighth grades, along with violinists and clarinetists! They love learning different styles of music as well as the opportunity to perform in public. Most importantly, they come alive when their hearts and minds connect with music!

Saint Martin de Porres is a kindergarten through 8th grade regional Catholic school within the Diocese of Oakland, which serves the families of North and West Oakland. The school was formed in 1996 as a consolidation of three inner city Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland and is comprised of two campuses: a K-5 campus at Sacred Heart Parish in North Oakland, and a middle school campus at St. Patrick Parish in West Oakland. St. Martin de Porres remains the only Catholic school serving the neighborhoods and families of North and West Oakland.