Music is an integral part of our worship services. The festive 10am service on Sunday features choir and organ. Our 9am service is a blend of eclectic and fun music led by members of the parish. Music at St. John’s is exciting, inspiring, and communicative. To sign up for one of our choirs, or to learn more about music at St. John’s please contact David Montgomery, Director of Music via email or at 415.456.1102, x111.
About Our Music: April 23
Our organ and offertory music was written by the great Venetian composer and violinist, Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741,) who was ordained to the priesthood as a young man. His sacred works, although significantly outnumbered by his virtuoso secular compositions, are particularly inspired. Perhaps the most familiar of them is his cantata Gloria (RV589), from which Sara Frondoni will sing the “Domine Deus, Rex coelesti (“Lord God, King of Heaven.”) The organ prelude and postlude are adapted from two of Vivaldi’s string concertos, many of which were written for his students at the orphans’ Ospedale in Venice.
The Organ at St. John’s
In 1961 the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston installed the two-manual, 34-stop forerunner of our present sanctuary organ. In 2001 J. Nelson and Company enriched the instrument by the addition of 61 digitally-sampled voices and a 3-manual console from the Allen Company in Pennsylvania, allowing the performance of repertoire ranging in style from baroque to contemporary. The dedicatory concert of the present organ was given by the late Dr. Philip Hahn, then Music Director at St. John’s. Images of the instrument may be viewed here.