HOME: Updated on 12/11/17


Advent Musical Service offered Sun., Dec. 10; videos HERE on YouTube*

Our New Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Hymnal was dedicated on October 1st; suggest your favorites for worship!

Singers: Upcoming anthems include: 
    Mendelssohn: How lovely are the messengers, scrolling score.       
    Recording of A Lovely Rose is All My Song.
    Joubert's Torches at Kings College.
   Thoburn's  Love Came Down recordings; try 2nd one.

*Earlier Youtube videos include:     
        Purcell's Rejoice in the Lord, alway!             
O taste and See by John Goss with 2,300+ views!
Palm Sunday anthems 2017: Mathias and Johnson 
Thoburn's Love Came Down at Christmas.
Choral scholars in duet: Laudamus Te from Vivaldi's Gloria.
Offertory for French horn and organ, Adoro the devote.
Born a Stranger, published composition written for St. J's Choir!
Lenten anthem with flute: The World was Silent.
Solo offertory, Give Me Jesus! 
Balcony Bells playing Abide with Me.
Award-winning composition by H.S. chorister, Unspoken.
Our Music Director in a previous life.

Articles of Interest                                       
Benefits of Choral Singing!
Choral Journal article on the significance of church music.
Research results on hymnal revision are intriguing.
Interesting essay on worship: Jesus Doesn't Tweet.
St. John's Music Program Annual Reports for 2016 and  2015.
Composition by Chancel Choir member featured in Ithaca Journal.


Our repertoire is here in annual listings of the ensemble and solo music offered in worship since I began my work with St. John's Church in April 2014. In addition, we are a singing congregation: all of our musical services include at least 5 hymns and 3 service settings.

Chancel Choir welcomes and supports musicians of all experience levels, Middle School through Retirement. We offer a variety of a cappella and accompanied anthems every week, ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st Century. We celebrate the rich heritage of Anglican sacred choral literature, regularly singing works by Attwood, Farrant, Gibbons, Goss, Handel, Mathias, Morley, Purcell, Standford, Sullivan, Tallis, et al., along with Russian sacred music, European classics, African-American spirituals, and folk hymns from around the world. 

The Balcony Bells play seasonally in worship. New and experienced ringers are always welcome to join. We have four octaves of Malmark bells, plus new gloves, new stands, and new repertoire. The group rings seasonally and offers hymn arrangements, free compositions and anthem accompaniments. Ringing is a "team sport," and if you can count, you can play a part in this enthusiastic group. Please see Mike Roman, Karen Hindenlang, or any current ringer for more information. 

Our Pipe Organ sounds forth weekly 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 within the supportive atmosphere of our parish family. Speak with the director of music for details.

For more information on the services, programs, events, and ministry of our congregation, please visit the parish website of 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. 

Karen A. Hindenlang
Director of Music and Organist

PHOTOS by Libby Hedrick and Karen Hindenlang