Music for Worship
The music program has been under the leadership of our organist/choirmaster Drew Kreismer since 1984. As a graduate of Kean University (BA Interior Design), Westminster Choir College (BS Church Music/Organ), and Montclair State University (NJ Teaching Certificate and MA Music Education), he is well equipped to lead the music program of three singing choirs and consistently present quality music at the 10 AM Sunday service and most holy days.
The Cherub Choir is composed of children aged 3-7. They rehearse weekly and sing once a month at the 10 AM Family service as well as Christmas and Easter. In addition to learning the basics of group singing, they learn about the church, God, and the love of Jesus through song. The group also serves as a training ground for the Choristers. They are led by volunteer director Ruth Roshong, with assistance from Renee Peters. We are indebted to them both for their important ministry.
The Choristers is a choir for children ages 8-13. They rehearse weekly and sing at the 10 AM Family service once a month as well as most holy days. This group offers children the chance to strengthen sight singing skills while developing a sense of true Christian commitment to the church and its worship. The Choristers have nine active members this year. There is no cost to join, and both choirs are led by professional educators.
Together these two choirs with many members of our Sunday School present the annual Christmas pageant in December, followed by a potluck supper and caroling.
The Senior Choir is for singers from young adult to age... The all-volunteer, non-auditioned group rehearses weekly and sings at every 10 AM service as well as most holy days from September to June. A less formal choir gathers in the warm months of July and August to lead our worship during the summer. The Senior Choir is made of many committed members who are also incredibly active in other areas of church life as well. Their leadership in worship is invaluable. We have an extensive library of choral music spanning many centuries. This choir regularly sings in four parts and sight reads well. They sing works from major oratorios like "Messiah", various cantatas, and requiem masses. Professional instrumentalists (brass and strings) are regularly brought in to supplement high holy day services at Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter.
These groups are solely volunteer. The members who give regularly of their time and talents are indeed performing significant Christian service for the parish. In the same way, such groups exist only with volunteers, and new members are very much necessary as previous members “pass through the ranks.” Anyone can participate for any length of time. Simply speak to Drew Kreismer and come to rehearsals in our beautiful choir room, dedicated solely for the rehearsals of our choirs. You'll be glad you did.
The focal point of our music program is our beautiful Nevin pipe organ. Installed in in 1999, it was designed by Lawrence Nevin of New Hampshire in consultation with Drew Kreismer to lead traditional Anglican liturgy in the 21st Century.
Broadway on Main
Each year St. John's presents either a Broadway Show or a Broadway review for the community. Drawing from talented members of the congregation and community the sactuary is transformed into a Broadway stage to the delight of the community. The perfromances are offered annually in late May or early June.
Spooky Organ Music, a comedic skil and a haunted basement. What could be more fun. Presented most years around Halloween
Every December St John's host the community for the only Messiah Sing in Northern Bergen County. The rafters literally shake as over 100 voices from the community join to sing selections from Handel's beloved oratorio.