Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM: "The English Anthem"
St. John’s hosts a concert of choral music called “The English Anthem.” A small ensemble from the Exultate Deo Chamber Choir will perform along with Organist Nicholas Schmelter and Director Robert Sabourin. This program features music from the English Renaissance and Baroque, and traces the birth of the anthem in the English language. Audience participation will be encouraged on several hymns.
The program is open to the public free of charge. Join us and spread the word!
St. John’s is blessed with those who share their vocal and musical gifts with us each Sunday. Choir membership fluctuates seasonally due to travel, but through the year, approximately 14 members, ranging in age from late teens to 70s, are involved in St. John’s choir. Another 8-10 members representative of all ages participate in our bell choir.
We incorporate a variety of instrumental accompaniment on choral pieces – from piano, guitar and trumpet to flute and violin. We occasionally use a cantor to lead some congregational responses, mainly during the Advent, Lent and Easter seasons.
May 6, 2017: Handbell Workshop
April 23, 2017: An Afternoon of Lieder: Best Loved German Art Songs
Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist George Fee performed the songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, and Hugo Wolf, some of the most expressive music ever written.
September 2016: Choral Evensong
Organist Robert Sabourin and Cantor Alisha Schimm led a choral evensong in the sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church following a day-long educational program for the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
July 2016: a Paris, An Evening of French Music
Lansing-based instrumental duo Class&Jazz, featuring Oleg Bezuglov (violin) and Natalia Bezuglova (piano), brought their evening of French music to St. John's in July 2016.
June 2015: Women of the Bible: Good & Bad
St. John's hosted an original play featuring outstanding musical performances from the drama ministry of Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Saginaw.
March 2015: Trio Lontana
St. John's Organist Mair Alsgaard performed at St. John's along with Midland native Erin Yanacek in a brass & piano recital.
November 2014: Heritage Singers: In Song and Verse
Our choir joined with the Heritage Singers ensemble in November 2014 for a stirring performance of African American spirituals and poetry.
Taking our music ministry on the road, our St. John’s choir joined with Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City and Trinity Lutheran in Midland for services around Thanksgiving in recent years.