Music is an important opportunity for everyone at St. John’s Church. From the single hymn sung at the 8 am Eucharist to a rich musical experience at the 10:30 Sung Eucharist everyone participates in singing a new song as directed in Psalm 98. Some want only old chestnuts and others want new poetry and music. Others enjoy singing at the monthly Evensong on the first Thursday of the month.
Surprising visiting clergy and bishops as well as lay folk we sing a large repertoire of hymns and service music for a small parish. From plainsong to the most elaborate hymns and canticles the congregation revels is attempting new things.
Many people contribute time and talent in participating in choir. Currently with weekly rehearsals and Sunday warmups and services they offer over 100 hours per year! We celebrate with ensembles for adults and children as well as occasional instrumental and drumming groups.
Many from within and without enjoy the many varied opportunities at concerts, recitals, silent movies, workshops and other events that we offer. Recent links with choirs and visitors from as far away as Japan, England and Germany have made important connections. Over the years many non-church groups have made use of our small but lively nave for rehearsal and performance. This space with the CB Fisk Opus 97 is an important offering to the greater community on Cape Ann.