A Cool Yule Concert – Sunday, December 17

On Sunday, December 17 at 4:00pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church is pleased to present parishioner-pianists Steve and Rosemary Minkler (and wife/mom Karen!) and their musical guests for the 14th edition of A Cool Yule — an Annual Holiday Jazz Concert featuring light, contemporary, and jazzy arrangements of Christmas and holiday music.  It’s a great time to take a break from this most hectic season, and to recapture the warmth and heart of the holiday spirit.

Joining Steve and Rosemary are the St. John’s Choir and St. John’s Jazz Ensemble, featuring Larry Davis, Samantha Feliciano, Andre Foote, Tim Lewis, and Michael Louchen, Jr.

Free admission — tickets not required.

We kindly ask that you bring a non-perishable item to benefit the Food Bank of the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries.

Waterbury Chorale Christmas Concert – Sunday, December 10

Waterbury Chorale Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 10th 4:00pm

at St. John’s On The Green, Waterbury. The Waterbury Chorale (90 singers) with The Waterbury Chorale Festival Orchestra (21 musicians), will be performing Rutter’s Magnificat, and many holiday favorites such as Carol To The King, Festival Gloria, Sing Noel, Personent Hodie, Winter’s Heart, Ring Those Bells, and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

Tickets at $25 in advance or $30 at the door, purchase online at Waterburychorale.org or call 860-945-6890.

Choir Rehearsal – Tues., Nov. 28 at 7:00pm

If you — or others you know — are interested in joining the new Choir at St. John’s, please come to our next rehearsal: Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00pm, in the Church.  You will hear us gathering and singing in the church, while the upstairs Choir Room is undergoing repairs and renovations.  We will be preparing hymns, songs, and a choral anthem for the next Choir Sunday on December 10.

Our intention is to make the new choir fun, with accessible music in a variety of styles appropriate for our worship services.  You don’t have to come to every rehearsal — just come if you enjoy singing and making music!

Please spread the word!

Samantha Feliciano, Choir Director
Steve Minkler, Accompanist

Fall 2017 Schedule – all times are in the Church
Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Sunday, December 10 — 8:15am Warm-Up; 9:30am Worship Service

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

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.

More Info | Purchase Tickets | email info@chasekowalskifund.com

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