Music at St. John’s



We are commanded to sing throughout scripture. Within the Psalms, the original hymnal of the Old Testament, we read:

I… go around your altar, O Lord, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud. Psalm 26:6-

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! Psalm 98:

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Psalm 100:2

The New Testament affirms this call. Paul urged the people to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20



Together with the clergy and congregation, St. John’s Choir sings in worship every Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00, and also meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings to prepare for worship. In addition to adults, the choir welcomes children and teens with school music experience. Please contact Joe Pettit at if you are interested in participating in the musical life of the parish.



St. John’s Episcopal Church maintains a Choral Scholars program modeled on English university and cathedral tradition. Qualified young musicians studying at area universities are offered what is essentially an apprenticeship in practical church music, working as section leaders and soloists in St. John’s Choir. They gain experience in Anglican and Gregorian chant, as well as exposure to a large body of hymnody, mass settings, and choral works. Throughout the year the Choral Scholars will occasionally undertake a sung mass or other special liturgy by themselves.  Graduates of this program at St. John’s have already gone on to find jobs in church music.


2017-2018 Choral Scholars

Marissa Moultrie, soprano
Anna Hatfield, mezzosoprano
Nicholas Stevens, tenor, senior prefect
Dalton Rouse, baritone


2016-2017 Choral Scholars

Marissa Moultrie, soprano
Miya Higashiyama, mezzosoprano, senior prefect
Nicholas Stevens, tenor
Christopher Hampson, baritone (guest church musician and composer in residence)


2015-2016 Choral Scholars

Marissa Moultrie, soprano
Emily Stenson, mezzosoprano, senior prefect
Nicholas Stevens, tenor
Jordan Bowles, baritone


2014-2015 Choral Scholars

Anikka Abbott, soprano, senior prefect
Emily Stenson, mezzosoprano
Steven Arends, tenor


The professional music staff at St. John’s can provide music for weddings, funerals, and other important life events. Please contact the office at to schedule your event; the clergy and staff will gladly assist you with planning.




Joseph Z. Pettit is an alumnus of Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied organ and church music. He continued his studies in singing and early music performance practice at the Academy of Ancient Music in Amsterdam under Max van Egmond. … [Read more…]