150th Commissioned Hymn Debuts!
October 15, 2017 - Our voice and bell choirs debut of "Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The Lord," the specially commissioned hymn based on Psalm 150, was just glorious! Thanks to Dennis Van Kouevering, Mair Alsgaard, Betsy Greenwood, singers & ringers for capping off our 150th Anniversary Liturgical Celebration so joyously!
Earlier this year, St. John’s Organist Mair Alsgaard had the fantastic idea to incorporate Psalm 150 into our 150th Celebration. With Vestry approval, our 150th Committee commissioned Mark Hayes to compose music & lyrics based on Psalm 150 for this special occasion. His hymn is our gift to faith communities all over as it will be available for use by any church using standard licensing. Framed copies of the hymn’s signed cover page with the following dedication line, “to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Episcopal Church in Midland, Michigan" will be displayed in Holy Family’s and St. John’s churches.
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.
Saturday, June 24, 2017: The English Anthem
St. John’s hosted a concert of choral music called “The English Anthem.” A small ensemble from the Exultate Deo Chamber Choir performed along with Organist Nicholas Schmelter and Director Robert Sabourin. This program featured music from the English Renaissance and Baroque, and traces the birth of the anthem in the English language.
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.