Music is an essential component of our worship at St. John’s. Members of the congregation join our adult and children’s choirs in making joyful music, as we together celebrate our faith and communal worship through the majestic words and melodies of the Episcopal Hymnal 1982.
Organ and Organist
Our organist and musical director is Dr. Paul-Martin Maki.
St. John’s organ was built in 1967 by Austin Organs Inc. of Hartford, Conn. and grew from the personal contributions of parishioners over the years. Additions made by the Konzelman Organ Co. of Hoboken, N.J., include:
- The Vox Humana, given by members of the choir in memory of Ruth Taylor, director of music at St. John’s from 1964 to 1978.
- The Flute Harmonique and Soubasse, given in thanksgiving by choir member and long-time parishioner Josephine Wang.
- The Bassoon and the Trompette Harmonique, given by the Rev. Dorothy Anne Greene in memory of her husband, Jeffrey Alden Greene, and in commemoration of her ordination.
“Although I am still an active member in the church in Manhattan where I was baptized as an adult and later married, most of my Sundays are spent here in my adopted spiritual home in the role of section leader for the alto section in the Adult Choir. Commitment to the choir meant missing holidays with my own family, but this is in many ways another family to me. We share each other’s joys and sorrows, mourn the loss of parents, celebrate birthdays, and the birth of babies. Year after year we experience the church year through music, anticipating holidays while we rehearse our anthems. The music that we sing is frequently connected to the readings of the day, and we may not even realize the connection and experience that resonance until we are singing together before communion is celebrated.” [read more…] – Holly Mentzer
The adult choir, directed by Dr. Maki, sings three Sundays a month at the 10 a.m. service (the junior choir sings on the first Sunday of the month) from September through May as well as at all major Church holidays and a choral Evensong service in Lent. Choir members are drawn from the St. John’s community, with support from paid section leaders. New volunteers are always welcome after a relaxed audition. Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Maki.
Children in second grade and up are eligible to sing in the junior choir, also directed by Dr. Maki. They provide the music for the 10 a.m.
Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month during the academic year. The junior choir practices from 4 to 4:55 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons from September to May. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn basic musical skills and to become familiar with the church service at an early age. For more information, please contact Dr. Maki.
St. Cecilia’s Choir
Under the direction of parishioner Jmel Wilson, St. Cecilia’s choir is for children ages 4 through 8. The choir rehearses for about half an hour on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. from April through May and sings on the first Sunday in June. For more information, please contact Jmel Wilson.