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St. John's Music

Music is integral to the life and worship of St. John's. It is not just a place where music is performed, but rather a place where music and worship are woven together. Music is a standard feature at our traditional Sunday 10:15AM Eucharist and also is integrated into the Sunday 8:00AM worship service. 

The Choirs
There are many opportunities for singers of varying ages to participate in one of the choirs.  The choirs rehearse weekly, and although there is no formal audition to participate, the choir directors wish to assess each voice and determine how that voice can assist with the needs of the choir.  If you wish to join one of the choirs, please contact the parish office to tell us how you would like to help.

The Adult Choir
The adult choir sings a variety of music from plainsong chanting and music of the Baroque period to contemporary Christian arrangements.  They rehearse weekly at 7:30 on Wednesday evenings from the end of August until June.  They sing at two of the 10:15 services each month in addition to a variety of other services during the year. 

The Men and Youth Choir
The Men and Youth Choir sings twice a month at the 10:15 service.  In addition, they sing four times a year for Evensong and participate in special services such as Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve and the 12th Night Boars Head Festival.  The structure of the choir is based on the traditional Anglican Men and Boys choir.  The choir has grown from singing simplified two part music to performing advanced four part music.  The Royal School of Church Music training program assists in guiding this choir’s training.    We welcome youth singers from age 8 through 16 and adult male singers in all four parts – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. 

The Organ
At At the core of our musical life is the M. P. Moller Reese Memorial Pipe Organ which was installed in 1980 with chimes added in 1996. The console controls a Great Organ with 8 ranks (684 pipes), a Swell Organ with 8 ranks (635 pipes) and a Pedal Organ with 8 ranks (196 pipes). The instrument is well voiced for our building and complements and enhances our music program.

Other Musical Opportunities
Throughout the year there are opportunities for musicians who cannot commit to participation in one of the choirs. We need instrumentalists at a variety of times including
the 12th Night Boars Head Festival and to support the choirs when an anthem includes accompaniment other than organ or piano.  We have recently used the musical talents of individuals who played trumpet, oboe, piano and guitar. 
For the past several years singers, mainly from the adult choir, led singing for one of the Friday Lenten observances of Stations of the Cross and chanting of Tenebrae on Good Friday. 
During the summer while choirs are on recess, we need a variety of instrumental or vocal soloists and ensembles to perform at the10:15 service.
Instrumental and vocal groups are also needed to support special worship services during the year such as the recent Jazz Eucharist.  These groups do not need to make a long term commitment to a group but rather come together for a short time to prepare and lead a worship service on an occasional basis.
If you have musical talent that you’d like to share with us, please contact the Parish Office.