Music is integral to the Sunday 11am Sung Eucharist all year round: choral music in choir term, congregational singing of hymnody and psalmody, and organ repertoire. (For details of the Rieger organ see here.) Music, sacred and secular, of many kinds is also presented in concert and recital throughout the year.
St. John's Choir
The Choir is an ensemble of about twelve men and women, amateur and professional, joined once a month by boy and girl choristers. Directed by Gordon King, Organist & Choirmaster, the Choir aspires, through music seamlessly integrated with liturgy, to lift us to that place where we can feel the divine presence. The choir is an integral part of the Sunday liturgy, as well as other feast days of the Church year, in a season ranging from September to the feast of Corpus Christi in early summer.
The Choristers (boys with unbroken voices and girls) receive free music training in an after-school program on Wednesdays in term-time and sing at the 11am liturgy roughly once a month. The music curriculum is that devised by the Royal School of Church Music (UK).
The Choir's repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony, through music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, to newly-composed music. The musical corpus is largely, but not exclusively, from the Anglican tradition, including standard English cathedral choral repertoire, as well as music by American composers.
For men and women who sing and read music well, and are willing to commit to the Choir's schedule, the Choir is an enriching and spiritually rewarding musical ensemble to be part of. The Choir sings on Sundays and major Holy Days from September to Corpus Christi in early summer, with rehearsals at 9.30am on Sunday mornings. Six additional rehearsals are scheduled during the year.
If you would like to audition for the Choir, or have children (boys with unbroken voices or girls) who are interested in singing and would benefit from the Chorister program, contact Gordon King firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerts and other Musical events this Summer
The Summer Concert Series presents a wide array of music of different styles and genres. St John’s is well-known for its wonderful acoustic and is ideal for music from Gregorian chant, through all kinds of chamber music, to new and experimental music. In addition to the formal concerts this summer there are some liturgies of particular musical interest. The following all take place in the church (entrance on W 11th St).
Bach to Bernstein: August 24, 7:00 p.m.
On the Eve of the Centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, we celebrate both Leonard Bernstein's music and also the musical influences upon his music education, with Australian pianist Amir Farid (amirfarid.com). Bach's Cantata BWV 82 'Ich habe genug', for solo bass and obligato oboe begins the programme, with Canadian bass Brian Wehrle (brianwehrle.com) and New York oboist Ian Shafer (ianshafer.com). With tenor John Ramseyer (johnramseyer.com) we travel from Bach through to Bernstein and to the musical theater of the 20th century, concluding with songs from Bernstein's 'West Side Story', once more welcoming Australian tenor Richard Symons (Mannes School of Music), this time with soprano Christa Dalmazio (who played the role of Maria on stage last year with Phoenix Productions).
The Art of the Waltz & Launch of the Autumn-Winter Concert Series: Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.
Jack Kulowitsch and The Strathmere Ensemble present a program of music telling the story of the development of the waltz from the folk-dances of central Europe to the flourishing of the art in Vienna, with special reference to the music of the Johan Stausses, father and son, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Also during the evening details of the Autumn-Winter series of concerts will be made public, with over thirty performances, many with seats free to seniors, to choose from between now and Christmas.
Tickets ($20) are available at waltznight.eventbrite.com
St John’s in the Village Autumn-Winter Concert Series 2018
Details of over thirty concerts in this series will be available soon. The series will be launched at 7pm on Tuesday 28 August ‘The Art of the Waltz’, when the Rector will outline both the ethos behind this upcoming concert series and describe a number of events of particular interest. Concert-goers will have the opportunity at the launch to sign up to our weekly e-bulletin, which gives details of concerts and other events as they occur. It is published every Friday. If you would like to sign up to the e-bulletin in advance of the Launch please write to email@example.com or phone 212 243 6192.