The Music Program at St. John’s

choir in church Music plays a significant role in the worship and life of St. John’s. Sunday music includes instrumental and choral music carefully selected by Music Director Rob Thacker, in collaboration with our interim minister, Rev. Jenn Gracen. Piano accompaniment is provided by Stephen Variames, who has extensive training and experience as a pianist, vocal coach, and composer. The congregation joins in the creation of inspirational music each Sunday by singing from two UU hymnals, one containing a rich collection of hymns from around the world and the other an assortment of more modern, diverse music.

The St. John’s Choir
Our church is blessed to have a robust and enthusiastic volunteer choir. The choir sings an anthem in the Sunday service several times a month as well as providing two choral services a year, in December and May. It also sings special music for weddings, funerals, and other church events. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from August to June (the choir takes a break in the summer).

The choir welcomes new members of any musical ability, at any time! If you can carry a tune and enjoy singing, you’re invited to attend one of the recruitment pizza parties or any of the Thursday rehearsals.

Under the leadership of our director and accompanist, the choir has sung some of the most beautiful choral pieces in the world, including Mozart’s “Ave Verum,” John Rutter’s “Requiem,” the luminous creations of Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo, and music by Transylvanian composers, as well as songs celebrating different ethnic traditions and promoting social justice. But do not be daunted! Rob and Stephen are great teachers, and the choir members are only too happy to help you! Even the veteran members find the music challenging sometimes. But the process is both fun and educational, and the
end result is a rewarding musical experience for all.


May 12, 2024, Spring Choral Service