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 Winter Arts Series 2019
In addition to the varied program of music presented liturgically, St John’s enjoys a wealth of music and other arts presented in concert, recital, and exhibition. Details of all concerts, plays, book-launches, art exhibitions, and special services in our Winter Arts Series are available here. A printed color brochure is available at the back of the church listing the events in the series comprehensively. Our weekly e-bulletin also lists these events week by week as they arise. If you would like to sign up to the e-bulletin please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 212 243 619.