Sing-in Messiah – April 23, 2017 – 4PM

Sing-in Messiah
April 23, 4PM

Celebrate the Octave of Easter with Handel’s Messiah.  Bring your score (or RSVP to have one ready for you) and sing along with the choruses of G.F. Handel’s famous oratorio, “Messiah”.

Soprano, Diane Penning
Alto, Regina Schlaff
Tenor, William Potts
Bass, John Scheid

Professional players and a select chorus will accompany us as we journey through a commentary on the life of our Savior.

The performance is free, and donations will go toward the music ministry fund and music endowment.

Choral Passion of Christ – April 7 at 7PM

Choral Passion of Christ
April 7, 2017 – 7PM

Mystical Voices, under the direction of Nicholas Palmer, performs Heinrich Schütz’s dramatic “Passion according to St. Matthew”, along with meditations, motets, and congregational singing.  This striking a cappella work, to be sung in English, is a wonderful preparation for the liturgies of Holy Week.

The concert is free, donations are accepted to support the volunteer ensemble.

Choir opportunities and musician call

Dear Reader,

St. John’s music ministry has a long, excellent tradition and has always sought good voices and instrumentalists to join in various liturgies, concerts, and events. I am undertaking a renewed effort to build up our musical forces and identify both professional and amateur musicians in the West shore area for the benefit of the parish and the community.  Please contact me if you are interested in performing as a singer or instrumentalist for liturgy or for special events.  Read on for some details.

Our program is ready to accommodate experienced singers who enjoy challenging literature, as well as those who might not have sung in choir in a while and need to ease their way back in. If you are looking for an opportunity to sing serious choral literature, old and new, please contact me, even if you are unable to join in right away. Singers need to be high school age or older to be in the adult ensembles.

Our children’s choir welcomes young singers (age 8 and older), who will receive excellent training with the Royal School of Church Music’s materials and methods. The season has already begun, but your child will be welcome any time.  Contact us for more information.

Instrumentalists, please contact me to let me know what instrument(s) you play and what your availability is for liturgies, special events, and concerts. I can arrange and write music for just about any combination of acoustic instruments, so we will work you in. Are you a brass player? We have a brass ensemble ready to welcome you! Do you play recorder or other early music instruments? Let’s put an ensemble together and do something lovely. Are you a woodwind player? A string player? There are many ways we can use your talents in whatever time you have available to play some wonderful music. If you are a professional player, we hire on occasion, so contact me and let me know you are in the area and available.

The Carillon Ringers invite players into the ensemble to prepare literature for our 2-octave bell set. Music reading ability helps, but many people learn this skill very quickly, in a single season or less, and find the experience really enjoyable.

For any of these opportunities, please contact me and I’ll respond or put you in touch with the other ensemble directors.


Nick Palmer