Music is an important element of our worship. Edith Hedrick serves as Organist and Choir Director. Our dedicated choir sings at the 10 am services all year round. Our music follows the Church seasons, with special programs for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. In February, we sing Spirituals to honor Black History Month. Hymns of Thanksgiving are appropriate for the harvest season.
Our four voice choir welcomes new members. All rehersals and warmups are on Sunday. This eases the burden of midweek gatherings, but lengthens the interval between practices, a tradeoff. Because many of the choir members participate in local singing groups, they keep their voices in shape. Currently, the choir could use some additional bass singers. Please contact Edie if you would like to sing with us!
Our lovely organ was designed and constructed by the Rosenberry and Clapper Organ Company of Valatie, New York. After it was painted to match the windows, an ancient drawing was discovered in the church archives. Our new organ turned out to be nearly identical to an organ painted near the turn of the 19th century!
In addition to our own church music, St John's has become the favored site for diverse musical offerings. Some of these include:
Lately in December we've had a wonderful Handbell Holiday Concert by the Salisbury Congregational Church Bell Choir as part of Copake Falls Winter Walk.
Jazz Vespers is occasionally celebrated at St. John in the Wilderness - a unique Evening Prayer service with top-notch live jazz keyed to the themes of the readings and feast celebrated.
Winds in the Wilderness is a marvelous chamber music series with several performances a year in the perfect acoustic space of St. John in the Wilderness.
Copake Falls Day and our own Pork Barbecue usually feature folk musicians.