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 an anthem by composers including Tallis, de Lassus, Gibbons, Josquin, Fauré, and Duruflé. 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 and other sources.

The Organ

The tracker organ at St. John’s was built by J. W. Steere & Sons of Springfield, MA, 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. Organ specs