The core of the music ministry at St. John’s is our choir, cantors and our organist. The choir sings September through June. We sing a wide selection of both traditional and non-traditional hymns that are chosen with regard to the lectionary and the church calendar. The music comes from The Hymnal 1982, "Wonder, Love and Praise” and “Voices Found," along with various other resources. We have compiled a hymn booklet with music from these sources.
St. John’s music program has a long partnership with the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. This relationship has provided us with an ongoing supply of talented music students and graduates. We are currently excited to work with Jidong Zhong a Ph.D. candidate at Eastman.
We use both a pipe organ and a piano during our Sunday worship services. The organ underwent major restoration in 2016. Kerner and Merchant Pipe Organ Builders performed this restoration, which included an overhaul of the organ console (the part that contains the keyboards). In preparation for the organ being out of commission during renovation, St. John's purchased a grand piano, which we used as our sole instrument for several months.
We currently use the newly restored organ for some parts of the service, and we play the piano for other sections.