CHANCEL CHOIR welcomes musicians of all experience levels from Middle School through Retirement. Weekly we offer a variety of a cappella and accompanied anthems spanning 5 centuries, from the Renaissance through 2019. Our choir celebrates the richly diverse heritage of Anglican church music, and regularly offers folk-hymns and spirituals. September through June, we rehearse Thursday evenings for 90 minutes, and about 30 minutes on Sunday mornings.
BALCONY BELLS invite novice and experienced 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, using parts of the 1892 Johnson organ and the 1931 Stevens / Möeller rebuild.
INSTRUMENTALISTS, both student and adult, are encouraged to bring their musical gifts to our worship services. Recent contributions have been made on oboe, piano, double bass, French horn, violin, guitar, mandolin, flute, and banjo… but not at the same time!
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 needed; gifts to St. John’s marked “Choral Scholars” are placed in a dedicated fund supporting this program.
CONTACT Director of Music / Organist Karen Hindenlang for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org . Here is her 2018 Annual Report for the Music Program; and you can read about her appointment in April, 2014.
Our Music Ministry embraces all who attend our sung services. The voice of the congregation is enhanced by our Chancel Choir, a four-part ensemble that offers weekly anthems. The Balcony Bells and a variety of parish instrumentalists contribute whenever possible, and the world’s largest instrument — a pipe organ — unifies the sound of our liturgy. The multi-generational ensembles provide a spiritual context for growth and fellowship in rehearsal and worship, and both groups warmly welcome and support new members. St. John’s nurtures the rich historic and multi-national tradition of Anglican music. Parish members, friends, and guests are invited to renew this transcendent musical heritage every week at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Photo by Libby Hedrick.