Music is an integral and important part of worship and community-building at St. John’s. We are blessed with a magnificent pipe organ designed and built in 1957 (and rebuilt in 1989) by Charles W. McManis, a Mason & Hamlin concert grand piano, two endowment funds to support guest musicians and music purchases, and an existing library of choral and instrumental music.

Sundays at 9:30
Beginning in October 2015, music for the 9:30 AM service has been provided by a rotating 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.

Robert Havery is the recently retired organist and director of music at St. John's, and chair of the arts department at Westover School in Middlebury. Scott Miller and Steven Minkler 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 also organizes the musician schedule each month, and conducts occasional Flash Choirs during the year. It should be noted that Bob, Scott, and Steve each volunteer their time. This saves St. John’s thousands of dollars in musician expenses during the year. Many thanks!

The fourth Sunday of each month is "Jazz Sunday." Rosemary Minkler leads a jazz ensemble featuring students and alumni of the music program at Western Connecticut State University. The group plays contemporary settings of the hymns, and offers three instrumental anthems in jazz style.

After a brief period of "silence," the Choir returned in March 2016 with an informal, open invitation for anyone to join -- whether once, or on a regular basis. The Choir features a core of adults and teens aged 14 to 80, who wish to share their vocal talent at part of the 9:30 AM service. The Choir typically leads congregational singing of a hymn or special tune, once or twice a month. Rehearsals are simple, and take place a half-hour before the service.

Worship music at 9:30 is firmly rooted in the traditions of the Episcopal Church’s Hymnal 1982 and Lift Every Voice and Sing. We continue to introduce hymns and songs from a variety of sources – particularly, those featuring singable, contemporary arrangements. Examples include Red Mountain Music’s folk-rock settings of the Gadsby Hymnal (words from the early 1800’s; music from the early 2000’s), original music composed by our musicians and clergy, and “church-appropriate” popular songs such as “What a Wonderful World,” “Day by Day,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Let it Be.” The Gloria and Sanctus are sung; and, the musicians offer two or three intrumental anthems. Guest artists often enhance the service music with the sounds of winds, piano, strings, handbells, tympani, and brass.

Sundays at 11:30
The 11:30 service featues both piano and guitar, and uses 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.

Public Concerts
St. John's is also home to a number of community concerts and recitals. In 2015, Robert Havery gave a recital as part of St. John's celebration of his long tenure as Minister of Music. The Waterbury Chorale stages its annual Christmas concert; the Waterbury Youth Chorus gave several seasonal concerts; cellist Jacob Clewell performed a concert; and, parishioners Steven & Rosemary Minkler presented their 13th annual "Cool Yule" Christmas Jazz Concert with friends Rev. Mike Carroll, Marian Carroll, Grant Beale, Chris Carrington, Brandon White, and the Waterbury Youth Chorus.

La música es una parte integral e importante de la adoración y la construcción de comunidades en St. John’s. Estamos bendecidos con un magnífico órgano diseñado y construido en 1957 (y reconstruido en 1989) por Charles W. McManis, un piano de concierto Mason & Hamlin y dos fondos de dotación para apoyar a músicos de la huésped y compras de música y una biblioteca existente de la música coral e instrumental.

A partir de octubre de 2015, música se ha proporcionado por un cuerpo giratorio de músicos de la congregación y círculos profesionales. Traen una variedad de estilos e interpretaciones, con que acompañan los servicios una vez al mes. Robert Havery es el recientemente retirado organista y director de música de San Juan y Presidente del Departamento de Artes en la escuela Westover en Middlebury. Scott Miller y Steven Minkler son feligreses que tocar órgano y piano. Rosemary Minkler trae su quinteto de jazz compuesto por estudiantes y egresados del programa de música en la Western Connecticut State University.

Después de un breve período de "silencio", el coro volvió en marzo de 2016 con una invitación informal, abierta para cualquier persona a unirse, ya sea una vez, o sobre una base regular. El coro es para adultos y adolescentes de edad 14 a 80, que deseen compartir su talento vocal durante del servicio de 9:30. El coro normalmente canta un himno o una canción especial, una o dos veces al mes. Los ensayos son simples y ocurre una media hora antes del servicio.

El servicio a las 9:30 principalmente utiliza el himnario 1982 y Levante Cada Voz y Cante. Los Salmos y Sanctus están cantado, y generalmente hay cuatro o cinco himnos congregacionales. Músicos de la huésped a menudo mejoran la música de servicio con los sonidos de vientos, piano, cuerdas, campanas, tympani y latón. La misa a las 11:30 tiene piano y órgano y utiliza los himnarios, El Himnario y Flor y Canto. Se cantan el Santo y el Cordero de Dios y por lo general hay tres o cuatro himnos congregacionales.

La Iglesia de San Juan es también casera a un número de comunidad conciertos y recitales. Recientemente, Robert Havery dio un recital como parte de la celebración de su largo mandato como Ministro de música en San Juan; la Waterbury Chorale en escena su concierto de Navidad; el coro juvenil de Waterbury dio varios conciertos estacionales; Jacob Clewell, un violonchelista, realizó un concierto; y Steven & Rosemary Minkler, feligreses de San Juan, presentaron sus concierto de la navidad, "Cool Yule," con música en el estilo de jazz, con amigos Revd. Mike Carroll, Marian Carroll, Grant Beale, Chris Carrington, Brandon blanco y el coro juvenil de Waterbury.

This Christmas

Composer • El compositor: Donny Hathaway (1945-1979)
Musicians • Músicos: St. John's Jazz Ensemble: Keenan Asbridge, Samantha Feliciano, Tim Lewis, Michael Louchen, Rosemary Minkler, Matt Spencer

Recorded December 18, 2016 - Jazz Sunday
Grabado 18 Diciembre 2016 – La misa con música en el estilo de jazz

Carillon de Westminster

Composer • El compositor: Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Organist • Organista: Robert Havery, Minister of Music at St. John's

Recorded February 1, 2015 – Organ Recital by Robert Havery
Grabado 1 Febrero 2015 – Recital de Órgano de Robert Havery

At The Font We Start Our Journey

Music • La música: Lauda Anima
Text • El texto: The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Rowthorn (b. 1934) Written for the Occasion of the Rededication of the McManis Organ at St. John's. Escrito para la ocasión de la dedicación del órgano de McManis en St. John's
Organist • Organista: Robert Havery, Minister of Music at St. John's

Recorded March 26, 2000 – Organ Recital in honor of the birthday of Charles W. McManis.
Grabado 26 Marzo 2000 – Recital de Órgano en honor del cumpleaños de Charles W. McManis

Ave Maria

Composer • El compositor: James Woodman (b. 1957)
Organist • Organista: Robert Havery, Minister of Music at St. John's
Flutist • Flautista: Grieg Shearer

Recorded February 1, 2015 – Organ Recital by Robert Havery
Grabado 1 Febrero 2015 – Recital de Órgano de Robert Havery

Ding Dong Merrily On High

Composer • El compositor: Traditional
Musicians • Los músicos: The Waterbury Youth Chorus (Melissa Rooklidge, Director)

Recorded December 15, 2013 – "A Cool Yule" Christmas Concert
Grabado 15 Diciembre 2013 – "A Cool Yule" concierto de Navidad

Here Comes The Sun

Composer • El compositor: George Harrison (1943-2001)
Musicians • Los músicos: Grant Beale (guitar/guitarra), Rosemary Minkler (piano and vocals/piano y cantante), Steven Minkler (bass/bajo), Matt Spencer (drums/batería)

Recorded August 17, 2014 – Beatles Sunday
Grabado 17 Agosto 2014 – La misa con música de "Los Beatles"

Hymn to Freedom

Composer • El compositor: Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)
Musicians • Los músicos: Chris Carrington (drums/batería), Rosemary Minkler (piano), Steven Minkler (bass/bajo)

Recorded July 7, 2013 – Jazz Sunday
Grabado 7 Julio 2013 – La misa con música en el estilo de jazz

Rejoice!

Composers • Los compositors: David Grow & Tracy Silverman
Musicians • Los músicos: Clairice Drexler (cello/violoncelo), Muriel Drexler (violin/violín), Steven Minkler (piano)

Recorded December 15, 2013 – "A Cool Yule" Christmas Concert
Grabado 15 Diciembre 2013 – "A Cool Yule" concierto de Navidad

All hymns are from the Episcopal Church's Hymnal 1982 unless otherwise noted: LEVAS = Lift Every Voice and Sing; WLP = Wonder, Love and Praise; EH = El Himnario; FC = Flor y Canto

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