Music at St. John's
Our 10 am service, and all feast days, are filled with music, led by the choir, organ, and cantors. Congregational singing is principally from the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church or from occasional contemporary hymns in the bulletin or service music composed by our music director.
St. John’s Choir leads singing at the 10 am service (except during summer), and adds one or two anthems during the service. The music is primarily classical in nature, however it is not uncommon for the choir to perform a piece that is modern or contemporary. (Practice: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30))
Children’s Schola Choir
For elementary aged children, the Schola Choir provides music for worship on a regular basis and sometimes joins the adult choir. Children from throughout the community are welcome to join, regardless of their family’s affiliation with St. John’s. (Practice: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30)
St. John’s maintains a Choral Scholars program modeled on English university and cathedral tradition. Qualified young musicians studying at area universities are offered what is essentially an apprenticeship in practical church music, working as section leaders and soloists in St. John’s Choir. Choral Scholars occasionally lead a sung mass or other special liturgies.
The Emily Stearns Memorial Organ was designed and built by Rieger (Austria) and updated by Martin Pasi when installed in 2021 as a memorial gift from Judy & Stan Stearns.