HOME: September 9th, 2020

NEW: Cyber Choirs - INFO! 

LOOKING for our worship live-streams?
Please click HERE for YouTube Live or find us on FaceBook.

Our Chancel Choir on Pause:
A talk from the Moravian Music Foundation
Excellent WXXI radio panel on Pandemic Choirs
Article by the National Association of the Teachers of Singing.
ACDA Webinar on Science and the Near-Term Future of Singing

Our Choir's YouTube channel of past anthems
Soon I will be done All Saints' Day, 2019
O taste and See by John Goss with 4,000+ views
Palm Sunday anthems: Mathias and Johnson     
Purcell's Rejoice in the Lord, alway     
Offertory solo, Give Me Jesus
And several playlists...

Sound Files & Scores for some upcoming anthems below
Hey there! Give us credit if you "borrow" our anthem plans; thanks!

Repertoire lists of all choral and instrumental music offered in worship since I began at St. John's Church in 2014. In addition, our musical services usually include 5 hymns and 3 service settings. And here is the Music Program's Annual Report for 2019.


Chancel Choir is currently on hiatus. Post-pandemic, we again will welcome and support musicians of all experience levels, Middle School through Retirement. We offer a variety of a cappella and accompanied anthems, Renaissance through 21st Century and celebrate the rich heritage of Anglican sacred choral literature, European classics, African-American spirituals, and folk hymns from around the world. Meanwhile: we welcome newcomers to our Cyber Choirs!

Our Pipe Organ sounds forth weekly online in the 10:30 service. The 3-manual, 39-rank Schlicker instrument was installed in 1967, using parts of the 1892 Johnson organ and the 1931 Stevens / Möeller rebuild.

Instrumentalists, student and adult, are invited to share their gifts in our services. Solo, accompanied, or ensemble contributions are encouraged and NYSSMA pieces welcome. 

The Balcony Bells will play seasonally in worship post-pandemic. New and experienced ringers are welcome to join. We have four octaves of Malmark bells, plus new gloves, new stands, and new repertoire. Ringing is a "team sport," and if you can count, you can play a part in this enthusiastic group. Please see Mike Roman or Karen Hindenlang for more information. 

For more information on the services, programs, events, and ministry of our parish, please visit St. John's Episcopal Church, 210 North Street, Ithaca NY 14850 or call [607] 273-6532. Better yet, join us any Sunday morning at 10:30 for Rite II Holy Communion with music (10 am July and August) or a read Rite I Eucharist at 8:00 am. 

Articles of interest 
Stewardship Story Music & Many Gifts, by Sally Clayton
Why Christians Sing Communally, by Timothy Shaw                                 
Interesting essay on worship: Jesus Doesn't Tweet
Millenials and Church by Rachel Held Evans
Research results on hymnal revision are intriguing
Choral Journal article on the significance of church music
Unspoken, award winning composition by Choir member featured in Ithaca Journal.
Benefits of Choral Singing!  

Karen A. Hindenlang
Director of Music and Organist

PHOTOS by Libby Hedrick and Karen Hindenlang