Music is a huge part of St. John’s worship and life!
St. John’s Choir
St. John’s Choir assists in leading worship most Sundays from September through Pentecost. The choir’s repertoire includes four-part choral music from all periods of composition, chants, psalms, service music, and hymns.
St. John’s Choir rehearses every Tuesday at 7:30 PM from September through Pentecost. All those who love the great music of the church, enjoy lifting their voices in praise, and are willing to commit to attending rehearsals are cordially invited to join St. John’s Choir. No audition is necessary. Simply come to a rehearsal and you will be heartily welcomed into the choir family!
The music at St. John’s more informal services is provided by Hosanna. Hosanna continues to develop under the capable leadership of Jim and Paula Miller. Interest in the group has grown significantly over the last two years, and there are almost more participants than space allows.
Hosanna practices every Tuesday at 6:00pm, September through Pentecost.
St. John’s Organ
The organ at St. John’s was originally designed in 1892 for the Highland Congregational Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. The instrument was built by Cole and Woodberry of Boston. After Highland Congregational was torn down in 1970, the organ became available for sale through the Organ Clearing House, and in 1974 it was relocated to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The organ has two manuals and pedal comprising three divisions of 17 stops, 19 ranks, 1,067 pipes, slider chests, a mechanical action, and a mechanical stop action. It was necessary to alter the design of the original façade in order to fit the organ into the space in the rear gallery at St. John’s. Bond Organ Builders of Portland, Oregon maintains the instrument and has made tonal changes incorporating the original pipework and a few additional new pipes. The organ is well into its second century of existence, bringing life to all styles of organ literature and assisting in leading hymns, anthems, and solos.