Chancel Choir welcomes musicians of all experience levels from Middle School through Retirement. The group supports our strong congregational singing at the 10:30 service, and offers weekly anthems, September through June. We sing a variety of a cappella and accompanied anthems spanning the centuries from the Renaissance right up to 2017. Our choir celebrates the rich tradition of Anglican church music, and also offers folk-hymns and spirituals along with sacred choral literature from many countries. We rehearse Thursday evenings and briefly on Sunday mornings.
Balcony Bells invites both novice and knowledgeable ringers to enjoy learning together on our four octaves of Malmark Handbells. The group plays seasonally and has new gloves, new stands, and new repertoire; rehearsals are Sundays, noon to 1:15 pm.
Our Pipe Organ sounds forth weekly in the 10:30 service. The 3-manual, 39-rank Schlicker instrument was installed in 1967, and includes parts of the 1892 Johnson organ and the 1931 Stevens / Möeller organ.
Choral Scholars assist in our services and gain professional experience in sacred music while studying at Ithaca College. This new program helps to enhance our liturgies, support our volunteer singers, sustain our musical heritage and encourage a new generation of church musicians. Donations are welcome; gifts to St. John’s marked “Choral Scholars” are placed in a dedicated fund supporting this program.
Instrumentalists, both student and adult, are encouraged to bring their musical gifts to our worship services, especially during the spring and summer months.
Guest Conductor and internationally known choral composer Crawford R. Thoburn regularly assists and sings with the choir.
New Hymnals were dedicated on October 1, 2017, when the Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal joined the Hymnal 1982 in our pews. Read more here!
CONTACT Director of Music / Organist Karen Hindenlang for more information at email@example.com . Here is her 2016 Annual Report for the Music Program; and you can read about her appointment in April, 2014.