HOME: Updated on 8/6/17 = Feast of the Transfiguration


THE CHANCEL CHOIR returns to our 10:30 worship service on September 10th.  New singers welcome! Please speak with me or any member for more information, or visit the Music Page on the parish website.

OUR NEW HYMNAL will be dedicated to the Glory of God on October 1st. Join us for special sing-a-long preludes to the 10:30 service that month, as we begin to share the music of the wonderful LEVAS II collection that will supplement the beloved Hymnal 1982 in our parish pews.

MEMORIAL MUSIC for All Saint’s Day will be featured in worship on November 5th, in tribute to the faithful departed we remember in our hearts and honor in our song.

THE ADVENT MUSICAL SERVICE of Lessons and Carols will be offered this year on the second Sunday in Advent, December 10. In this special service, Anthems and Scripture bring the message of the season to prepare us for the Coming of Christ.  Mark your calendars!


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, Amber Crowley, 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.

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.

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


Upcoming Anthems may include:  

       Titcomb's masterpiece I will not leave you

        Little Innocent Lamb, score and performance

        The haunting JLM

        Crotch's Comfort, O Lord score and sound file
        Rutter's God be in my head, video with scrolling score

New to our YouTube channel
    Palm Sunday 4/9/17 anthems
    Easter Anthems 4/16/17 
    Advent Lessons & Carols 12/13/16 anthems

Earlier videos include:                  
Articles of Interest                                       
New Choral Journal article on the significance of church music.
Research results on hymnal revision are intriguing.
Music Program Annual Reports for 2016 and  2015.
Interesting essay: Jesus Doesn't Tweet.
Work by Chancel Choir member featured in Ithaca Journal.

PHOTOS by Libby Hedrick and Karen Hindenlang