IMG_9813At St. John’s, a professional four-voice ensemble is led by organist and choirmaster Erik Clayton. Most weeks, the choir sings an Anglican chant setting of the psalm, and a motet or anthem by composers including Tallis, de Lassus, Gibbons, Josquin, Fauré, and Duruflé. Every four to six weeks, the choir sings a full setting of the Mass ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria (when in season), Sanctus & Benedictus, and Agnus Dei), by composers including Victoria, Palestrina, Byrd, and Rheinberger. Often there is a choral prelude, featuring music by composers including Handel, Haydn, Vaughan Williams, and Rutter. The choir season runs from the first Sunday in October through Corpus Christi Sunday in May or June. St. John’s is unique in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania in offering a liturgical music program of this kind.

Hymns at St. John’s are drawn primarily from The Hymnal 1982, and also occasionally from The Hymnal 1940, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, and The New English Hymnal.

The Organ

The tracker organ at St. John’s was built by J. W. Steere & Sons of Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1893. A balanced mechanical key-action, mechanical stop-action instrument, it remains virtually untouched and in very good condition. The organ has been recognized as an instrument of exceptional historic merit by the Organ Historical Society. It is maintained by Filip Cerny of Philipsburg, PA.

Specs:

GREAT UNENCLOSED, MAN I

8’ Open Diapason
8’ Melodia Stop. Bass
8’ Dulciana
4’ Octave
4’ Flute d’Amour
2’ Fifteenth

SWELL ENCLOSED, MAN II

8’ Open Diapason
8’ Stop. Diapason
8’ Salicional
8’ Aeoline
4’ Flute Harmonique
2’ Flautino
8’ Bassoon [CC-BB]
8’ Oboe [t.c]
Tremolo

PEDAL UNENCLOSED

16’ Bourdon

COUPLERS

Great to Pedale
Swell to Pedale
Swell to Great

PEDAL MOVEMENTS

Great to Pedale (reversible)
Great Forte (draws all but Melodia – single acting)
Great Piano (draws Dulciana and Melodia – double acting)
Balanced expression pedal
Blowers signal
15 independent voices
14 ranks