Music at St. John’s Norway
Music plays a fundamental role in worship at St. John’s Norway, and our music program provides opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to sing, play, and participate in this core ministry. Led by the Director of Music, our adult choir is St. John’s principal choral ensemble, performing anthems and motets as well as leading the congregation in the service music each Sunday. For our younger members, the Children’s Ministry provides a wonderful opportunity for fun singing and learning new songs.
We perform a wide variety of music at St. John’s, much of it originating within the Anglican tradition. Works by composers such as Wood and Stanford, as well as Victoria, Bach, and Handel are frequently performed, as well as music written in the 20th and 21st centuries. New singers are always welcome; anyone interested in attending a rehearsal is encouraged to contact Matthew Whitfield, Organist and Director of Music at St. John’s Norway. Instrumentalists are also invited to contact Matthew to pursue collaborations and musical partnerships.
St. John’s is fortunate to house two fine historical musical instruments: a two-manual Hutchings/Stuart mechanical-action organ and a single-manual Redsell harpsichord, both of which shape and inspire our music each week and are among the finest in the Beach community. These instruments are featured regularly in performance, particularly in St. John’s Abendmusik series, which presents one-hour Saturday afternoon concerts throughout the year.
Learn more about Director of Music, Matthew Whitfield, here.