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 four 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
Choristers is a new name for our re-vamped Children’s Choir. This group of children and youth ages 8 (third grade) and above rehearses weekly, joining the Alleluia Choir to sing in 9 am worship about once per month. This year, a new curriculum adds more focus on music theory and sight-singing. The previous age cap has been erased in the hope of creating a group where older youth serve as mentors to younger beginners. Each rehearsal builds the skills needed to be a successful singer, as well as an informed leader of music in worship.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5-6 pm
The Alleluia Choir is a mixed-age ensemble responsible for weekly leadership in our 9 am service. Adults and children ages 8 (third grade) and above work on musicianship skills in the context of learning service music and anthems, as well as participating in special events each season. The new Chorister curriculum will be available to Alleluia Choir members this season as well.
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. We are in special need this year of more participants to ensure that all of the bells have coverage. So, if you’ve ever been curious about bell ringing, now is the time! The group learns anthems and hymn accompaniments to enhance our worship experience about once a month.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6-7 pm
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 in our 11:15 am service. 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 are expected.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30-9 pm
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. I’m looking forward to a season of musical renewal and excellence, and to hearing from you!
Karl Robson, Director of Music Ministries
301.654.7767, ext. 305