Music at St. John’s

Music in the Liturgy

Music has always been a part of the celebration of the Eucharist at St. John’s.  Having a monastic history,  St.  John’s was a forerunner in the use of plainsong in worship in the Episcopal Church. Throughout the years, the music on Bowdoin Street has been led by a series of distinguished musicians with a commitment to music as a vital part of worship for the congregation.  Notable among these is Everett Titcomb,  who served for fifty years at St. John’s, beginning in 1910.  At a typical Sunday Eucharist at Saint John’s,  the congregation sings three or four hymns,  a psalm,  and other service music.

The choirThe Choir

St. John’s choir, known as the Schola Cantorum, made up of paid section leaders and parish volunteers,  sings on major holy days,  enhancing the congregational singing at those services.

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