St. John's Handbell Festival takes place February 28 - March 1, 2014 with guest director and master conductor, Eileen Laurence. The concluding concert, open to all, is Saturday, March 1 at 7:30pm. The concert location is Gospel Community Church, 138 Greeley Ave., Sayville. Complete information, including repertoire and a registration form for choirs interested in participating may be found at http://www.stjohnsayville.org/music/1403Bellfestletter.pdf
Saint John’s Lutheran Church is committed to a music ministry for the glory of God and the edification and inspiration of those who worship in this place. God’s Word is proclaimed through the reading of Scripture, preaching, and in song by the clergy, choirs and congregation. Organ and instruments also sound forth in praise of Almighty God and move us to a more profound Alleluia!
Director of Music and Organist, Cynthia Holden, AAGO has been at St. John's since June of 2002. Holding a Bachelor's degree in education and a Masters degree in organ, she has done additional graduate work in conducting, composition and church music and served both the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the American Guild of Organists in leadership positions. Additionally, she is licensed and certified to teach Musikgarten Music Makers at the Keyboard classes which are being implemented as a starting point for training choristers at St. John's.
Ideally, the church music training begins at home, then in church and Sunday School. Children age 6 & up are welcome to participate in Music Makers at the Keyboard. This weekly group introductory piano class approaches music reading both aurally and visually, developing listening, vocal, rhythm, keyboard and literacy skills, laying a strong foundation for future music making.
The Royal School of Church Music based choral program challenges singers to strive for excellence and growth in their commitment, musical skills and understanding of the important place of music in the Divine Service of the church. This affiliation also enables Saint John’s choristers to participate in a variety of festivals and summer choir training programs.
Treble Choir is open to all children, aged 8, or grade 3 through grade 6. Treble Choir rehearses weekly and sings once per month at the 9 am Divine Service and for major feasts of the church year. Treble Choir members also participate in the annual American Guild of Organists Children's Choir Festival.
Youth Choir is for singers in Middle School and above. Youth Choir rehearses weekly before confirmation class and sings for services 2 times per month, plus feast days. RSCM Voice for Life training continues and a strong emphasis is placed on developing independent singers.
Chancel Choir is an adult mixed choir that rehearses weekly and sings 3 Sundays per month at the 9 am Divine Service and for feast days. All are welcome to participate. Music reading skills are very helpful, but will also be taught for those willing to learn!
Vocal Ensemble is comprised of skilled singers who provide choral leadership at either the 6:30pm or 11am Divine Service once per month.
The Eaglet Ringers (mostly Youth) and the Eagle Eye Ringers (mostly adults) comprise St. John's two handbell choirs. Each group rehearses weekly and rings 1-2 services per month and feast days, utilizing the church’s three octaves of Malmark Handbells and 4 octaves of hand chimes. Retired instrumental music teacher, Rex Holden is the Handbell Director.
Saint John's Brass (Youth and Adults) rehearse Sundays at 8am under the leadership of trombonist and music educator, John Passannante. Currently, the brass play for festival services and several other times throughout the year.
Opportunities also abound for soloists, instrumentalists, accompanists and ensembles in the liturgies and life of the church. Persons wishing to know more about Music at Saint John’s, or those who desire to contribute their time and talents are invited to call or visit Cindy Holden, Director of Music in the music office at 631 589 3202 x 105 E-mail email@example.com