Music and Choirs

The music ministry at St. John’s is dedicated to promoting music and singing as an integral component in the life of the church as we worship, proclaim, teach and learn.  There are many opportunities to participate:

St. John’s Chancel Choir and Chamber Singers (High School - Adult)
Rehearsing at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays throughout the year, the Chancel Choir is a mixed-voice choir that is open to all singers high school age and older.  This ensemble helps to lead worship most Sundays. Newcomers are welcome throughout the year, and no prior experience is necessary.

Chamber Singers is a group of more experienced Chancel Choir members who will occasionally present advanced 4-part unaccompanied pieces during worship services.

St. John’s Singers (grades 3-8)
Rehearsing on most Sunday afternoons in the hour before EYC, St. John’s Singers will sing for services 1-2 times during the fall, at Christmas Eve, and for occasional services in the spring.  Participants are taught the elements of choral singing at a level appropriate to the ages of the participants.

St. John’s Music Makers (4K-Grade 2)
St. John’s Music Makers is a general music and choir readiness class which will meet from 5:30-5:55 pm during St. John’s Wednesday program offerings during the Fall and the Spring.  Through musical games and songs, participants will be introduced to basic vocal technique and elements of music reading. This class will join St. John’s Singers for songs at special church events.

Handbells/Drum Circle
St. John’s has among its musical resources a full set of handbells and a set of world percussion instruments.  Over the course of this year, we hope to start utilizing these instruments during worship services and at other events.  If you are interested in participating in a bell choir or drum circle, please call or email the Director of Music Ministry.

Instrumental Musicians/Selah 
Instrumentalists of all ages are encouraged to contact the Director of Music about opportunities to share their talents. All instruments are welcome, and one may play individually or in a group both informally and during worship.  Selah is St. John’s own ensemble of singers and acoustic instrument players (guitar, bass, percussion, etc.). They rehearse at times convenient to the members. New members are always welcome.  

Chamber Singers, Early Music Ensemble 
St. John’s Chamber Singers focus on four-part unaccompanied music, primarily early English choral music (16th - 17th centuries) and early American music. Membership is by audition. The Early Music Ensemble performs primarily early instrumental music (through 1750), and membership is open to all qualified and interested musicians.

Christmas Eve Musicians 
Special rehearsals for Christmas Eve services begin in December, and both children and adults who do not participate regularly in music groups are invited to join in the preparation of simple but moving music for Christmas Eve. In order to provide the widest possible opportunity for boys and girls to play an important role on Christmas Eve, regular choir participants are joined by others whose family schedules do not permit their attendance at regular Wednesday night activities. The schedule of rehearsals is announced in November.

St. John’s Requiem Choir (Adult)
The Requiem Choir provides music and service leadership for funerals at St. John’s.  We welcome anyone who is interested in this ministry. We have 30-40 people on our roster and no one needs to feel obligated to sing at every funeral. Requiem Choir participants often feel that providing this support is one of the last things that we can do for the deceased and their families.