Music Ministries

"Sing for God! Play songs for Him! Broadcast all His wonders!"

1 Chronicles 16:8

God has blessed so many of us here at St. John's with music talent. Our various musical groups provide an opportunity to give back to God in worship those gifts God has lovingly given us. Church music programs offer the opportunity to enrich our spiritual lives during the rehearsals and worship. These activities also present multi-generational opportunities that can enrich the lives of members, young  and old!
Music is one of the most important ingredients of a dynamic, spirit-filled worship service. Make a difference in the worship life of our church with your participation in our music ministry!

Our Ministries

Adult Choirs

St. John's Chancel Choir

St. John's Chancel Choir welcomes adults and youth from the age of 14. This choir provides musical leadership weekly at the 11:00 am worship service, under the leadership of Catherine Stapleton Nance, Music Director. They sing many different styles of music and rehearse all the anthems well in advance of performance. This choir has performed at the Biltmore House and at the South Carolina Annual Conference. The ability to read music is a plus, but not a requirement. No audition is required, just a desire to praise the Lord through music.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:45 pm in the Choir Room. Child care is available upon request

SonRise Choir

If you enjoy singing but can't commit to an evening rehearsal, this may be the choir for you. Under the direction of Christopher Nash, Assistant Music Director and Organist, this more intimate choir sings quality vocal music designed for smaller choirs at our 8:30 worship service on Sunday mornings. Solo opportunities abound! The choir is made up of both new and experienced singers and membership is open to 6th graders and up. Rehearsals are at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the choir room and then again following the 8:30 service until the Sunday School hour.

Children & Youth Choirs

Joy Choir

This choir is for ages 3 through 1st grade. Out tiniest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and offer their very best to God. Joy Choir meets Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 237. Directed by Alysa Smith. 

Alleluia Choir

2nd through 6th graders focus on good vocal tone, ear training, pitch awareness, self-assurance, and self-discipline all while enjoying making music together. Alleluia Choir meets Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 210. Directed by Dr. Catherine Nance. 

Foundation Singers

6th through 12th graders explore different types of Christian music with an emphasis on contemporary. This group sings in worship services about once a month. They also attend Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska each June. Rehearsals are Sundays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. Directed by Dr. Catherine Nance and accompanied by Katherine Brooks-Bryant.  

Instrumentals

Foundation Youth Band

The Foundation Youth Band is for 7th through 12th graders and is under the direction of Bekah Muir. The band prepares and presents a once per month worship service for the Sunday Night Youth meeting. They are also called on occasionally to lead the contemporary service in lieu of the regular 9:02 Band. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

9:02 Band

The 9:02 praise band leads music for worship in our modern service under the direction of Jane Timmerman. Although the band tends to focus on Christian Contemporary music, they will also occasionally do an old hymn, sometimes in a different manner. Members must audition and should be accomplished musicians. The 9:02 Band rehearses each Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 pm in The Faith Center.

Joyful Sounds Handbells

This multi-generational group is open to anyone from 7th grade and older. Music reading is a must for this group! Our Handbells Choir meets Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 235 and is directed by Christopher Nash. 

About our Organs

The Schantz organ at St. John's was installed in November of 2004 and is located in the front center of the room and in the center of the balcony.

Our beautiful instrument was designed and built by hundreds of craftsmen unified in the goal of providing inspiration and beauty to God's worship. The organ was custom built for our space and provides music weekly at our two traditional services. Our landmark instrument in the CSRA is capable of accompanying solos, playing a full range of organ literature, accompanying chamber choirs, and accompanying large congregations. The instrument contains 7 divisions, 62 ranks, and 3,615 pipes. We have two consoles to control the organ: a large 3 manual console in the front, and a 2 manual antiphonal console in the balcony. The antiphonal organ is also controlled by the front console. This makes it possible for the choir to sing from the entrance to the nave or balcony without the organist having to move in between consoles.

St. John's Chapel houses a 2 manual Fritzsche pipe organ located front and center in the room. Installed in 1974, this instrument lends itself to the simple beauty of our chapel and it is used frequently in chapel services.

St. John's is proud of our organ and invite those wishing to stop by and play our instrument to contact Catherine  Nance , Music Director,  or Christopher Nash, Music Associate/Organist.

Music Ministry Staff

Dr. Catherine Stapleton Nance

Music Ministry Director
cnance@stjaiken.org

Christopher Nash

Organist/Music Associate
christopherknash@gmail.com

Jane Timmerman

9:02 Band Director
timmermanb@bellsouth.net

Alysa Smith

Joy Choir Director
alysarsmith58@gmail.com

Contact Us About Our Music Ministries

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