Welcome to the music ministry page of Saint John the Evangelist Parish Community. We warmly welcome those with a love of music to join us and participate.
St. John the Evangelist Parish Choir is composed of a loyal and dedicated group of people. Some have been members for decades; others have been with us for just a few months. Singing experience is helpful, but not required. The choir is four-part: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Average attendance is about 25 people. Some celebrations have seen the choir balloon to 60 voices. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed, and are generally held Sunday evenings from 6 to 8. The choir provides music for many important parish litugies: Christmas, Easter, the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation and other festivities. If you are interested in becoming a member, or if you have questions, please contact Mr. Charles Stevens, director of music at the parish center (570) 654-0053 .
St. John the Evangelist Cantor program is made up of about 12 truly dedicated members of our music ministry. Cantors function as a vital part of the liturgy,
leading the congregation in song. Cantors are required to know the Mass and must be able to effectivley communicate with the congregation, encouraging participation in singing the various parts of the Mass. A cantor is not a performer or a soloist. Rather, members of our cantor program set good examples by leading those at Mass in sung prayer. If you think you have what it takes to cantor, please contact Mr. Charles Stevens, director of music at the parish center (570) 654-0053 .
IS SOMETHING MISSING?:
We strive to reach everyone. It's not always easily done. Are we missing the note on something? Are we off-beat in reaching you? By design, our program is only as good as the feedback we receive. If you would like to see (or hear) something different, please, get in touch with us. We welcome your feedback.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Charles Anthony Stevens has studied organ for two years under the mentorship of Mark Ignatovich of St. Mary's of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wilkes-Barre. He has played piano for over twenty years and is
trained in classical music and jazz. He is a newlywed having recently married Jessica Marie who is also a physical therapist. Charles looks forward to using his God given talents to serve the parish and lead the music ministry in worship. You can contact Charles through the parish center (570) 654-0053 .
ABOUT THE ORGAN:
St. John the Evangelist is blest to have such a beautiful, diverse and colorful instrument. Situated in the rear of the church in the choir loft, the mighty Kilgen organ dates back to the late '20s. A bronze plaque indicates the expansive instrument, taking up more than half the choir loft, was a gift of Monsignor Patrick Winters. The organ has three manuals (keyboards) and a pedalboard. Uniquely, much of the organ's pipes are visible through the organ's facade of bronze-colored pipes. At each end, you can see what appear to be very large boxes, known as the choir and swell divisions of the organ. The organist controls the volume of these divisions, opening and closing mechanical shades. Some of the pipes, a combination of metal and wood, are some 30 feet high and some are smaller than an inch. The organ's blower, located high above the church interior in the western tower, provides pressurized air to feed the thousands of pipes through a series of chambers and reservoirs. Due to the costly maintenance and upkeep of the instrument, there was a period of time when it sat dormant. The parish, in the '60s, had chosen instead to use an electric organ. Through the work of some, and a lot of capital, the organ was brought back to its original state.