St. John’s has a long history of support for its music program. The role of the music program for the enhancement of worship at St. John’s is important to our parishioners. Our outreach to the community through our music is well known. In past years our Music & The Arts program has brought many different musical events to our community.
Our Parish Choir is currently made up of volunteer singers, with paid section leaders. They sing anthems each Sunday at the 10:30 liturgy and also lead the congregation in the hymns and other musical portions of the service. They participate in special services throughout the church year, including Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and St. John’s Day as well as occasional Evensongs. Our choral music is solidly traditional with emphasis on music of noted composers of all musical eras. We use the “1982 Hymnal”, supplemented by “Wonder, Love & Praise” in our worship services. The choir currently rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00am in the chancel, before the 10:30 service.
St. John’s Handbell Choir (below) is a volunteer ensemble that performs several times during the church year, including Christmas Eve, and Easter Sunday. Most years they also perform in the church during Salem City’s “Yuletide Festival” open house tour.
Our parish is proud of our fine 3-manual, 30 rank pipe organ, built by Kimball in 1937, modified and enlarged in 1967 with a new console in 1991 by Jacob Gerger & Sons. (See link to St. John's Pipe Organ above.)
Our Minister of Music & Organist is William Clisham. He directs the Parish Choir, Handbell Choir, and prepares music for the weekly services.
The recently re-formed Junior Choristers (for unchanged voices, grades 4 thru 8) rehearses immediately following the 10:30 Holy Eucharist on Sunday afternoons from 12:00-12:40 PM. No auditions are required. Interested children and their parents should contact Bill Clisham, Minister of Music for details.
Mrs. Joanne Owen is our Minister of Music Emerita. Our paid choristers are Cassandra Moore (soprano), Gwen Norton (alto), Nate Gable (tenor) and Don Layton (bass).
To inquirie about our programs of Music Ministry, or about participation in choir or handbells, please contact Bill Clisham by phone at 908-472-7597 or by e-mail (click here).
Needlework arts are also important to the people of St. John’s. The St. John’s Quilters meet weekly during the year to create quilts for the Ronald McDonald House in Camden. These small quilts are given to the children and their families who stay at the RMD House while undergoing medical treatment. Recently, the art department at Salem High School has assisted this effort by designing and creating many of the quilt tops. St. John’s Quilters then finished the quilts and, together with the students, presented them to representatives from RMD Charities.