HOME: Updated Sept. 3, 2018 - Labor Day!

SCHEDULE: Thurs. 9/20 rehearsal starts in chancel; back door entry!
Mtr. Megan's installation is Mon. 9/24 @ 7pm.

Sound files for some possible fall anthems:
Tallis' If ye love me, scrolling score.
Attwood's Teach Me O Lord, recording and score
Mathias As truly as God is our Father, recording with text. .
A better recording of Batten's O Praise the Lord!
Rutter's God be in My Headscore & recording.
Unusual new hymns for the installation: 379 and 469.
Crawford Thoburn's arrangement of Steal Away.
Lightfoot's Jubilant Song!

Our Choir's YouTube channel includes::   
Johnson's Lone, Wild Bird, here.   
Purcell's Rejoice in the Lord, alway!        
O taste and See by John Goss with 3,000+ views!
Palm Sunday anthems: Mathias and Johnson 
Born a Stranger, published composition written for St. J's Choir!
Choral scholars in duet: Laudamus Te from Vivaldi's Gloria.
Offertory for French horn and organ, Adoro the devote.
Lenten anthem with flute: The World was Silent.
Thoburn's Love Came Down at Christmas.
Balcony Bells playing Abide with Me.
Offertory solo, Give Me Jesus! 
And much more...

Our repertoire in annual lists of choral /organ music offered in worship since I began at St. John's Church in April 2014. In addition, 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Items of interest        
Benefits of Choral Singing!                               
St. John's Music Program Annual Report for 2017.
Research results on hymnal revision are intriguing.
Interesting essay on worship: Jesus Doesn't Tweet.
Choral Journal article on the significance of church music.
Composition by Chancel Choir member featured in Ithaca Journal.
(Award-winning composition by H.S. chorister, Unspoken.)

Karen A. Hindenlang
Director of Music and Organist

PHOTOS by Libby Hedrick and Karen Hindenlang