Sundays at 9:30
Since October 2015, music for our primary English-language service at 9:30am has been provided by a corps of musicians drawn from the congregation and professional circles. They bring a variety of styles and interpretations, with each accompanying the services once per month.
Scott Miller (Week 1) and Steven Minkler (Week 2) are parishioners who play organ and piano. Steve, who is more comfortable at the piano, is gradually teaching himself the chancel organ and the wonderful McManis gallery organ. He organizes the musician schedule, and serves as accompanist for the Choir.
Samantha Feliciano (Week 2) is Director of the “rebooted” St. John’s Choir, which returned in October 2017. Samantha is a member of the St. John’s Jazz Ensemble and a senior at Western Connecticut State University. She is majoring in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. Samantha 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. In the summer of 2017, Samantha was a finalist in Hartford Jazz Society’s Emerging Artist Competition.
Robert Havery (Week 3 except Week 4 in December) is Music Director and Chair of the Arts Department at Westover School in Middlebury, where he has taught since 1968. Bob served as organist and Minister of Music at St. John’s for 36 years, retiring from this post in 2015. We are blessed that Bob continues to share his musical gifts with us. Bob holds a B.M. and M.S. from the Juilliard School in New York.
Rosemary Minkler (Week 4 except Week 3 in December), a parishioner since birth, leads the St. John’s Jazz Ensemble – a quintet of students, alumni, and friends of the music program at Western Connecticut State University. Regular members are Keenan Asbridge (trumpet), Samantha Feliciano (vocalist), Tim Lewis (saxophone), Michael Louchen, Jr. (bass), and Matt Spencer (drums). The group plays contemporary settings of hymns and other songs for congregational singing, and offers three instrumental anthems in jazz style.
Brian Ladden, a retired Waterbury Public Schools music teacher and long-time St. John’s parishioner, contributes his talents on the ukelele and djembe, and performs with the St. John’s Choir.
Victor Matthews, also a long-time parishioner, occasionally joins Steve Minkler and Brian Ladden as vocalist and guitarist.
Sundays at 11:30
Henry Church, a vocalist and guitarist, leads the music at the 11:30 service, which is conducted in Spanish. Congregational hymns are drawn from the El Himnario and Flor y Canto hymnals. The Santo and Cordero de Dios are sung and there are usually three or four congregational hymns.