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.
This Sunday’s Music, May 28: Our anthem today was written by Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, a Norwegian composer and good friend of Edvard Grieg. She was born into the highly artistic Backer family and eventually married the conductor Olaus Grøndahl. Their son was the distinguished pianist Fridtjof Backer-Grøndahl. Agathe’s music reveals an independent musical imagination and speaks to us in a direct and touching way. The text asks God to “stay with us” through the uncertainties of night and darkness.
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.