Choir Sunday – October 8

Join us at the 9:30 service on Sunday, October 8, for the premiere of the new St. John’s Choir!  Director Samantha Feliciano and accompanist Steve Minkler will be joined by Brian Ladden (ukelele and djembe) and about a dozen St. John’s members of all ages for this month’s music program:

Opening Song: “Funga Alafia” (African Welcome Song)
Sequence Hymn: 439, “What Wondrous Love is This”
Offertory Anthem: “Antiphonal Sanctus” (music by Cristi Cary Miller, © 2015)
Communion Hymn: WLP 831, “Ubi Caritas”
Recessional Hymn: LEVAS 106, “Precious Lord, Take my Hand”

Our selections include ancient Latin texts (one set to music composed only two years ago), an African-American spiritual, a traditional American folk hymn, and a joyous “welcome song” from West Africa.


The Choir is returning after a three-year absence to be part of our musical rotation on a monthly basis.  This fall’s dates are October 8, November 12, and December 10.

If you — or others you know — are interested in joining the new Choir, please come to our rehearsals as noted below.  You will hear us gathering and singing in the church, while the upstairs Choir Room is undergoing repairs and renovations.

Please spread the word!

Fall 2017 Schedule – all times are in the Church
Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Sunday, November 12 — 8:45am Warm-Up; 9:30am Worship Service

Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Sunday, December 10 — 8:45am Warm-Up; 9:30am Worship Service

Possible Winter Performance:
Sunday, December 17 — 4:00pm, as part of “A Cool Yule” annual concert

Choir Sundays at St. Johns!

St. John’s is delighted to share the news that after an absence of almost three years, we are bringing back the Choir for the 9:30 Sunday services!  We will have monthly “Choir Sundays” as part of our music rotation this fall.  They are: October 8, November 12, and December 10.  These are Sundays when Music Coordinator Steve Minkler is scheduled to serve as the primary musician.

We are equally delighted to announce that Samantha Feliciano will join us as Choir Director.  You may know Samantha as the vocalist for our Sunday Jazz Ensemble.  Samantha is a senior at Western Connecticut State University, where she is majoring in Music Education with a concentration in Voice.  She is a member of several vocal ensembles at the University, and is a voice and piano teacher at several private studios in the area.  She has studied classical and jazz voice with Laura Washburn and Alta DeChamplain.  This summer, she was a finalist in Hartford Jazz Society’s Emerging Artist Competition. Read More

Jazz Concert & CD Release: Rosemary Minkler Trio

Sunday, June 25, 2017
3:00pm at St. John’s Church
Tickets are $5, available in advance, at the door, or online at EventBrite (online service charges apply)

This afternoon’s performance is a showcase of the compositions featured on Rosemary Minkler’s debut album, entitled Prospectus. This self-produced album features all original music performed by Rosemary on piano and vocals, Jeff Moro on bass, and Eric Hallenbeck on drums.  Rosemary has been a member of St. John’s since birth, and leads an ensemble of musicians at the church’s monthly jazz music service. Read more >>

“Chasing the Music” Fundraising Concert

The following announcement is from one of St. John’s community partners in the visual and performing arts.

On Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:00pm, at the Palace Theater in downtown Waterbury, the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation presents Chasing the Music, a classical music event featuring Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of Animals” performed by members of the New York Philharmonic and friends of cellist Carter Brey. This will be an exceptional event bringing world renown musicians to entertain the audience of adults and youth in support of the CMAK Foundation.

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Flash Choir: “Dem Bones” – April 2

Is your neck bone connected to your music bone?

Join us on Sunday, April 2 for a Flash Choir during the 9:30 service.  We’ll sing the traditional spiritual, “Dem Bones.”  This song echos the scripture reading for the day: “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live” (Ezekiel 37).

Musicians Scott Miller and Steve Minkler will hold a rehearsal at 8:30 for anyone who’d like to practice before the service begins.

“Heroic Music” Concert Raises $6,000

Listeners were treated to an extraordinary aural experience on the afternoon of February 5, 2017, at St. John’s Church, while helping raise nearly $6,000 to benefit the church’s music and community programs. “Heroic Music for Brass and Organ” featured members of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and guest organist Joseph Ripka. Members of the Kellogg family, longtime members of St. John’s and WSO patrons, provided the funding to underwrite all production costs of the concert. Read More

“Flash Choir” – January 29

Do you like to sing in church?  Join us on Sunday, January 29 for a “Flash Choir” during the 9:30 service.  All you have to do is join us at the piano near the end of the service to sing the closing hymn, “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” (LEVAS hymnal #70).   Musician Steve Minkler will hold an informal rehearsal at 9:15 for anyone who’d like to practice before the service begins.

1) I want Jesus to walk with me;
I want Jesus to walk with me;
all along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

2) In my trials, Lord, walk with me;
in my trials, Lord, walk with me;
when my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

3) In my sorrows Lord, walk with me;
in my sorrows Lord, walk with me;
when my heart within is aching,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Benefit Concert for St. John’s Church: Heroic Music for Brass and Organ

On Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3:00pm, join us for a very special concert to benefit St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury, in collaboration with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and the Kellogg Family. Tickets are $25.00 each, available at the Church Office, at the Door, or online through EventBrite ($2.37 service fee added per ticket to online sales). Discounted student tickets will be available at the door for $10.00 each with a valid student ID. Read More about the Concert

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Christmas Services at St. John’s • Misas de Navidad en St. John’s

December 24 • el 24 de diciembre
6:00pm (18.00) — Misa de Nochebuena en Español
El Rev. Armando Gonzalez
Músico: Michael Petruzzi

10:00pm — Christmas Eve Service
Holy Eucharist Rite II with Special Music
Rev. Michael Carroll
Organist: Robert Havery
Trumpet: Frank Covey
Vocalists: Sarah Cavallaro, Lindsay Cronin, Larissa Davidowitz, Lydia Davidowitz, Tegan McBride, Mia McClain

December 25 • el 25 de diciembre
9:15am — Extended Prelude Christmas “Mini Concert” with pianists Steven Minkler & Rosemary Minkler

9:30am — Christmas Day Service
Holy Eucharist Rite II with Festive Carols
Rev. Michael Carroll
Organist: Steven Minkler

11:30am (11.30) — El día de Navidad
Santa Eucaristía Rito II
El Rev. Armando Gonzalez
Músico: Michael Petruzzi