St. Mary’s music program includes a church choir, supported by an extensive music library, an historic organ, baby grand piano, harpsichord and cabinet organ. St. Mary’s collaborates with universities and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in the composition of new music and in showcasing student performers of sacred music.
In July 2014, David Shunskis joined the parish staff as organist and choirmaster. David has been a church musician for over forty years. He is foremost a pianist and a piano teacher. He is a faculty member at Settlement Music School where he regularly presents recitals and children’s concerts. His principal teacher was the late Vladimir Sokoloff of the Curtis Institute, with whom he studied for over ten years.
In the spring of 2013, as a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, David played at the Kimmel Center where he also played on the Jacob’s Music Noonday Recital Series.