This Sunday’s Music (06.25.17) Gordon Young (1919-1998) was native of Kansas and highly respected as an original American composer. Among his compositions are two delightful works for worship – the Prelude in Classic Style that we hear today and the well-known anthem, Now sing we joyfully unto God. The Englishman John Stanley (1712-1786) was a brilliant keyboard player and composer, blind from birth, who rose above his disability to become a trusted colleague of G.F. Handel and famous in his own right.
About Music at St. John’s: 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.
An invitation: Beginning on June 18, our choir will offer a series of “summer” anthems prepared on Sunday mornings at 9AM (no Thursday night rehearsals.) We would be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to sing with us on this informal basis – no prior notice necessary, just come to the Sunday rehearsal and enjoy!
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.