About the United Church of Christ
Music at St. John
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"O Sing to God a new song; sing to God, all the earth.
Sing to God, bless God’s name; tell of God’s salvation from day to day.
Declare God’s glory among the nations, God’s marvelous works among all the peoples."
Psalm 96, 1-3
The cornerstone of St. John Worship is Music. Though it may be experienced through word and melody, bow on string, or wind in pipe, the theology of music unites us all with the Creator, helping to mold us as Christians.
At St. John, the Gothic-Revival Sanctuary, dedicated in 1867, is home to The Chamber Singers and forty-two rank Steiner Organ. Installed in 1981, the Steiner Organ was given to St. John Church by faithful members and friends of the congregation through their donations to Project 104, the Organ fund-raising campaign led by Anita Boss Weisert.
The auditioned Professional Chamber Singers perform from September though May for all Sunday Liturgies under the direction of St. John's Organist-Choirmaster.
Each of our special seasonal Liturgies feature The Chamber Singers: Lessons and Carols (10:30 am, Advent 3), Candlelight Carols and Candlelight Holy Eucharist (10:30 and 11:00 pm, Christmas Eve, respectively), and the Easter Concert Prelude and Holy Eucharist Liturgy (10:00 and 10:30 am, respectively). Each Sunday during the summer months of June, July, and August, members of The Chamber Singers share the responsibility of performing Sacred Solos for the Sunday Morning Liturgies at 10:30 am.
With an extensive repertory spanning hundreds of years, The Chamber Singers perform choral works from 16th to 20th Century English, German, and French Cathedral music, through to 20th and 21th Century American music. One might hear Orlando Gibbons or Maurice Duruflé this Sunday, a René Clausen setting of an African-American Spiritual or Cesar Frank’s Psalm 150 next Sunday, or one of the many hymn settings of John Rutter or Mac Wilberg on other Sundays. Several times throughout the year, The Chamber Singers are joined by guest professional Brass or String ensembles from the Louisville Arts Community.