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.

Worship music at 9:30 is 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,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “I Can See Clearly Now.” The Gloria, Psalm, and Sanctus are sung; and, the musicians offer a prelude, communion anthem, and postlude.

All hymns in the schedule below 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

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 extensive library of choral and instrumental music.


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


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

St. John’s is a magnificent acoustical space which is used more than a dozen times each year as a public concert venue.

In February 2017, the brass section of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra joined forces with organist Joseph Ripka and WSO conductor Leif Bjaland for a stunning “Heroic Music for Brass and Organ” sell-out concert that raised over $6,000 for St. John’s.

Upcoming Concerts at St. John’s:

Sunday, December 3 • 3:00pm
Connecticut Accordion Association Concert (Free-will donations accepted)

Sunday, December 10 • 4:00pm
Waterbury Chorale Holiday Concert ($25 online/in advance; $30 at the door)
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 are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, purchase online at or call 860-945-6890.

Sunday, December 17 • 4:00pm
A Cool Yule Jazz Christmas Concert featuring the St. John’s Jazz Ensemble and Friends (Free-will donations and/or non-perishable food items accepted)

Sunday, February 4, 2018 • 3:00pm
“Heroic Music for Brass & Organ II” ($25.00)
Music in Great Spaces Series presented by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, musical director/conductor Leif Bjaland, and concert organist Joseph Ripka