Music holds an integral place within the liturgy: It unifies and heightens our communal prayer and offers an opportunity to lift our voices and spirits together in ways that words alone cannot express.
We sing music from a variety of periods and styles, but at our Principal Service, our core repertoire is from the Anglican Choral Tradition and The Hymnal 1982, the primary hymnal of the Episcopal Church. We include other diverse resources on special feasts and also seek to find new expressions of our faith in song as we live out our lives as people who are followers of the Jesus Movement. Ultimately, we bring the Gospel to life in a palpable and transcendent way. We become instruments through which God moves and speaks.
We encourage every person to participate in singing at SJOTM, whether in the choir, or as a member of the assembly.
The Choir of St. John on the Mountain
The Choir of St. John on the Mountain sings for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday liturgy, and also for special feast days throughout the year as well as occasional services of Choral Evensong.
Open to all members of the community through interview with the Director of Music. The choir is comprised of about 20 volunteers and professional singers. We rehearse on Zoom on Wednesday evening and hope to gather again in person on Wednesday nights. We will continue to remain an active, vital part of the life of SJOTM.
Choir of Boys & Girls
We hope to resume when a safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows us to gather again in safety.
The organ in the church is a three-manual, 44 rank, 50 stop instrument. Originally built in 1967 by the M.P. Moeller Company, it was rebuilt and redesigned by Petty-Madden in 1996. Then-organist John Baldwin desired
it to be designed in the French style.
The chapel organ is a 9 stop mechanical action instrument built by C.B. Fisk of Gloucester, MA, and formerly housed at Boston College. The Fisk organ was refurbished in 2000.