Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new Director of Music, Dr. Amon Eady. To contact or learn more about Dr. Amon Eady, our Director of Music, our Organist, Mair Alsgaard, or Betsy Greenwood, our Bell Choir Director, please visit this St. John’s staff page.
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 12 members, ranging in age from young 20s to 70s, are involved in St. John’s choir. Another half dozen + 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 congregational responses, mainly during the Advent, Lent and Easter seasons.
August 21 or 22 - Chamber Choir With Benton deGroot
Sunday, November 18 - Bella Vocce and CMU Chamber Singers
"Passionate Friendship" Piano Solo Works
May 5, 2018 - "Passionate Friendship" a stunning program of piano solo works of Johannes Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann performed by pianist MiJung C. Trepanier Click here for details.
April 28, 2018 - Folk singer & musician Hayden Carruth performed a program titled "Finding Good News Inside The Blues."
December 2, 2017 - St. John's hosted "Classical Bells," Michigan's premier handbell ensemble, for a Christmas concert.
Harmony Diversity & Bella Voce Choirs
November 12, 2017 - These choirs performed before a packed house in our sanctuary. If you missed or wish to have another listen to this fabulous concert, which also featured soloist Benton DeGroot, the video is on Facebook: @harmonydiversitychoir.
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 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.
The English Anthem
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 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. Midland Daily News press release
April 23, 2017 - 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 - 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 - Lansing-based instrumental duo Class&Jazz, featuring Oleg Bezuglov (violin) and Natalia Bezuglova (piano), brought an evening of French music to St. John's
June 2015 - St. John's hosted an original play featuring outstanding musical performances from the drama ministry of Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Saginaw.
March 2015 - St. John's Organist Mair Alsgaard performed at St. John's along with Midland native Erin Yanacek in a brass & piano recital.
November 2014 - Our choir joined with the Heritage Singers ensemble in November 2014 for a stirring performance of African American spirituals and poetry.