Music is an integral part of what we do in worship at St. John’s. Hymns, anthems, service music, and voluntaries knit together the readings, preaching, and pageantry that form our Sunday liturgies. Everyone at St. John’s has an avenue for participation in our music program, whether by singing “with gusto” from the pews, participating in one of our five musical ensembles, or sharing gifts as an instrumentalist. In a postmodern age that so often isolates the individual, St. John’s music program remains an important source of community – by singing (or ringing!) together, working to achieve musical excellence, we begin to understand and deepen our care for one another.
Music Groups at St. John’s
The Primary Choir is for children in kindergarten through second grade. With focus on the joy of learning and making music together, developing musical skills and an understanding of our liturgy, and forming new friendships, the choir sings for the 9am service about once a month.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4-4:45pm
The Children’s Choir builds on the work of the Primary Choir with children in third through sixth grades. Each rehearsal focuses on the skills needed to be a successful singer and leader of worship. This choir joins the Alleluia Choir about once a month for the 9am service.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5-5:45pm
The Alleluia Choir is a mixed-age ensemble responsible for weekly leadership in our 9am service. Adults and children in grades three and above work on musicianship skills in the context of learning service music and anthems, as well as participating in special events each season.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7-8pm
The Norwood Ringers explore handbell ringing, a fun, easily-learned skill for anyone with a little experience finding notes on a staff and keeping a steady rhythm. Our three-octave handbell set can always use more…hands! The group learns anthems and hymn accompaniments to enhance our worship experience about once a month.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6-7:15pm
The St. John’s Choir is for adults and teenagers who enjoy singing and worshiping together along with professional singers who provide support and leadership. This choir finds its foundation in the Anglican choral tradition, mixed with a variety of repertoire from all times and places. Some musical experience and consistent rehearsal attendance is expected.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about one of St. John’s wonderful ensembles, or how you might contribute in other ways to the musical life of our parish. The arrival of a new Director of Music is a great time to indulge curiosity in joining one of the choirs, or dusting off that instrument you play! I’m looking forward to a season of musical renewal and excellence, and look forward to hearing from you!
Karl Robson, Director of Music Ministries
301.654.7767, ext. 305