St. John's is fortunate to have in its congregation many who have multiple musical talents. From stringed instruments, to brass, to woodwinds, to guitar, even harp, these friends are always happy to provide special music or anthem accompaniment at various time throughout the liturgical year.
The Chancel Choir is a volunteer choir of 12-16 adults from varied backgrounds, some with previous choir experience, some first-time singers who learn to love it. The choir meets on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and prior to Sunday 10:15 Eucharist for rehearsals. All find that choir membership is an excellent way to serve the weekly worship needs of the parish, expand their view into the music of the church, and to gain meaningful fellowship with other parishioners and each other.
In addition to the regular services throughout the year, the choir provides the musical foundation for the services of Tenebrae (Wednesday of Holy Week), Good Friday and a Festival Eucharist service on New Year's Eve. This service has become one of our most popular.
Rob Styberski, Music Director and Organist
In 1996 Rob Styberski came to St. John’s as Music Director and Organist with over 30 years experience in a wide variety of church music traditions: Southern and American Baptist, United Presbyterian, United Methodist, Missouri Synod Lutheran, Catholic and Episcopalian. He was an Honors Scholar at Andrews University and a Dean’s List recipient and Pi Kappa Lambda scholar at Western Michigan University. Well respected by his peers, Rob served as Dean of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 1992 to 1994, and an executive board member of the Detroit Chapter from 2001-03.
St. John's is proud to have two pipe organs in the building. The larger one is a 3-manual, 41-rank Schantz pipe organ installed in 1988, speaking from the front of the building, directly behind the choir seating. It is a well-rounded instrument, amply recreating the music from many centuries and often supporting large diocesan events.
The smaller pipe organ is a 7-rank Reuter pipe organ at the rear of the lovely chapel adjacent to the sanctuary. It is completely unenclosed and visible and provides just the right accompaniment for services of 50 people or less. This instrument was installed in 1998 by St. John's parishioners, supervised by Cascarelli & Associates and is a gift from one family.
The children, youth (and their families) are encourage to come a bit early into the church at 10:00am each Sunday to sing together before the service. We’ll gather in the East Transept, learn one or two songs each week: songs that are part of our service, songs they will learn ‘by heart’, fun songs that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.