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
Concerts and other Musical events
St John’s in the Village Autumn-Winter Arts Series 2018
Details of over forty concerts, plays, book-launches, and special services in this series will be available soon. The series will be launched at 11am on Sunday 9 September (Choral Eucharist with Cook-Out Lunch), when the Rector will outline both the ethos behind this upcoming concert series and describe a number of events of particular interest. A brochure will be available on the day listing the events in the series comprehensively. If you would like to sign up to the e-bulletin in advance of the Launch please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 212 243 619.
Love: A Refuge
Songs by Brahms and Mahler
7.30pm Friday 21 September
Amir Farid (piano) and James Dargan (baritone) take you away from the hustle and bustle, into a place where we can concentrate on how much we all have in common, and how love has enough room for all who love. There will be music by Brahms and Mahler, arrangements and originals written by James Dargan, and maybe a spiritual or two.
The church is air conditioned, fully accessible, and close to Union Square and many subway lines. Intermission will be a wine reception in the church's lovely courtyard.
Tickets ($20) can be purchased here
Tickets are FREE for seniors, but booking in advance is essential, on email@example.com or 212 243 6192.
40th Anniversary Concert: Spem in Alium
Sounds of the Great Religions: The Flowering of Anglican Polyphony
8pm Friday 28 September
Seven of NYC's finest vocal ensembles (including Voyces, C4, Uptown Polyphony, the Schiller Institute Chorale, and singers from Trinity, Wall St) come together under the batons of Gordon King and Timothy Parsons to provide a feast of polyphonic music of the English Renaissance. The concert culminates in all forty voices joining in the singing of Spem in Alium, a motet scored for eight five-part choirs by Thomas Tallis. A musical immersion experience you will never forget!
Tickets ($25) here
We regret that there are no seniors' allocations for this concert. Senior standby is available on the night.