Music

The music ministers of St. John the Evangelist work hard to provide meaningful and spirit-filled liturgies and events to parishioners.

Recognizing that the power of music is unequalled in its ability to connect (and build empathy) in humanity, help the Spirit reach our hearts and allow us to better connect with God, our music ministers strive to use energetic and beautiful music to celebrate the good in each other and comfort those in time of need.

Close coordination with the celebrants and staff ensures that music is carefully chosen to add to the understanding and celebration of the Word. Our music ministers consist of singers, instrumentalists, and volunteers who help with sound and other support functions. Our ministers can be heard at Mass, in our Christmas and Palm Sunday concerts, at senior living facilities, and at other events.

During the pandemic, this ministry found ways to add music to virtual gatherings with live performances, video and audio recordings, and a virtual choir. This ministry adopted a five-year plan in 2019 that will bring more energetic and beautiful music to celebrate the good in each other and comfort those in time of need.

Our English-speaking congregation primarily uses the Gather Comprehensive III hymnal. Some music groups also supplement this with selections from the new OCP Spirit and Song hymnal.

Contact: Chris Youstra, cyoustra@aol.com

Music Groups

We have many exciting opportunities for talented and dedicated folks to join us including exciting concerts, optional pilgrimages and wonderful liturgies. Come make music in fellowship with our department. Our youth are welcome to join, particularly at the 5:30 pm Sunday evening Mass. We have many other groups as well looking for instrumentalists. We are looking for:

  • Singers (all types, especially tenors and basses and YOUTH)
  • String Players
  • Reed and Brass Players
  • Pianists, guitarists, percussionists and bassists

St. John’s Music Ministry is starting up for the fall! Though it will be virtual, we will have music sessions, repertoire sessions, happy hours and classes in piano, voice and guitar. This is not just for choir members but ALL vocalists and instrumentalists – piano, guitar, bass, percussion, strings, reeds, everything! Join us as we renew our fellowship, improve our music skills, and make music videos for our parish’s liturgies and Christmas Virtual Concert. While we do this, we will be working to be better than ever when we rejoin you all! Music Rehearsals and Repertoire Sessions are on Mondays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm and Classes will be Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm all beginning Monday Sept 7th. For Zoom information, please reach out to Chris Youstra at cyoustra@aol.com

St. John’s Children’ Choir is back and ready for action! Although virtual, we will be meeting every other Monday from 6:00pm – 6:30pm beginning September 14th. We will be working on musical skills, musical training, and making music videos for the parish (including our Virtual Christmas Concert). All children are invited from K through 6th grade. For more information or to get Zoom information, please reach out to Chris Youstra at cyoustra@aol.com

Thanks for considering as we work to bring more light and life to our parish while we are away from each other.

Outreach

Volunteers from St. John’s music ministry have been visiting local Assisted Living facilities for many years. We currently visit Winter Growth & Ruth Keeton House Adult Day Care and Assisted Living Facility; Harmony Hall Assisted Living Community; and Sunrise Assisted Living Community four times a year.  Residents enjoy the sing-a-longs and the chance to visit with members. For information or to sign up, contact Dot Keczmerski, 410-740-1407 or dkeczmerski16@verizon.net

Events

St. John’s music ministry is happy to present several events per year, showcasing our many talented parishioners. The Christmas Singalong Concert is an annual highlight. Recently, the choir presented the Mozart Requiem in concert. Upcoming plans include a choir festival, gospel event, and concert settings of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Requiem.

Pilgrimages

The choir traveled to Rome in 2017. The next scheduled pilgrimage (Ireland) is currently on hold due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Recordings

Our choir has recorded four CDs (so far!); see Christopher Youstra for copies.

Videos