Music and Choir

God has blessed so many of us here at St. John's with musical talent. Our various musical groups provide an opportunity to give back to God in worship those gifts He has lovingly given us. 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 its music ministry!

Our Mission:  To Involve, to Instruct, to Inspire


St. John’s Music Ministry Staff

Catherine Stapleton Nance, Director
Christopher Nash, Organist/Assistant Director
Jane Timmerman, 9:02 Band
, Joy Choir
Dave Cavazos, Foundation Youth Band
Tom Calhoun, Disciples of Praise

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

Opportunities for Youth (6th-12th grade)

Foundation Singers

If you like music, this is the choir for you! This choir explores different types of Christian music, with an emphasis on contemporary. In this group, you can truly begin to realize your innate ability to use your voice for your own pleasure and to glorify God. They sing in one of the worship services on an average of about once a month.

This choir also participates in the annual Home for Christmas program which is a series of songs and skits presented by a combination of the Foundation Singers and the children's choirs.

In the spring this choir goes on the road! They attend the Youth Choir Festival at Springmaid Beach in April and the Music and Arts Week at Lake Junaluska in June.

Come join this choir and experience the true joy of singing under the direction of Christopher Nash, Assistant Music Director & Organist. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 5:15 to 6:00 pm.

Foundation Band

Under the direction of Dave Cavazos, the Foundation Youth 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.

If you have musical talent, voice, guitar, drums, keyboard...this is the place for you in the youth music ministry.

Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:45.

Children’s Choirs (ages 3-6th grade)

Joy Choir

The Joy Choir is for 3 and 4 year olds. Our tiniest choristers enjoy their first experience of making music together with friends as they prepare and offer their very best to God.

This choir participates in the Home for Christmas program presented each year the first Sunday in December.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays in room 119 from 4:15 to 5:00 during the school year.

Alleluia Choir

The Alleluia Choir is for children 2nd to 6th grade. Under the direction of Catherine Stapleton Nance, this choir focuses on good vocal tone, ear training, pitch awareness, self-assurance and self-discipline.

The choir works hard to present our very vest offerings for the worship services in which we sing. We dabble in drama from time to time. Musical games help teach cooperation. We venture into another language on occasion. This choir participates in the Home for Christmas program presented each year the first Sunday in December.
Mostly, we have fun and praise the Lord in all we do.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 in room 214.

Sonrise Choir

If you enjoy singing but just 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.

They rehearse at 8 am on Sunday mornings in the choir room and then again following the 8:30 service until the Sunday School hour.


Is participating in music at church one of those things you've always wanted to do but you can't play an instrument and only your mama ever wanted to hear you sing??

Perhaps hand bells is a place for you to come and enjoy praising God with music.

Technically speaking, you have to:
1) be able to count to 3 or 4 and preferably have just a little bit of musical experience and yes, piano lessons years ago would definitely count.
2) be able to hold something in each hand at the same time.
3) enjoy being with others who enjoy making music and enjoy good fellowship.

We have found music has potential for intergenerational groups like none other. This group is open to 7th graders through adults of any age and we rejoice that we are a group of intergenerational members.

We rehearse only 3 Sunday afternoons per month under the direction of Catherine Stapleton Nance. Our rehearsals take place in the Hand Bell room.

9:02 Band (contemporary)

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.

Organ Information

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 Music Director, Catherine Stapleton Nance or Organist, Christopher K. Nash.