Music & Worship
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness – Ps. 96:9
Music is one of the pillar ministries of St. John’s. Hallmarks of the liturgical and sacred music traditions of the Lutheran Church place a strong emphasis on reverence toward the liturgy, excellence in choral music, virtuosic organ music, congregational singing, hymnody, versicles and psalms, and the use of chant. Martin Luther regarded music as vital to evangelical worship and wrote, “next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Luther’s Works, vol. 53, pp. 323. A prolific hymn-writer, Luther viewed hymns as tools for teaching church doctrine, proclaiming the faith, scriptural edification, and giving thanks to God. Music of great Lutheran composers stemming from this tradition, such as Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Johann Sebastian Bach, continues to define and shape Lutheran identity.
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful present God has given us.”– Martin Luther / (Source Unknown). In this spirit, St. John’s robust music series provides an important outreach to the greater San Antonio community in hosting local, national, and international performers of the highest caliber through its First Friday Noontime Concerts, Vespers liturgies, and St. John’s Music Series. Dr. Jennifer Seighman serves as Music Director & Organist.
St. John’s Choir provides music for Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist and performs in the Parish Music Series. The choir consists of professional choral scholars and volunteers of high school age (10th grade) and older who learn music quickly and are committed to participating in weekly rehearsals and liturgy to enhance the worship of God through singing. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. If you would like more information about participating in the choir, please contact Dr. Seighman.
St. John’s Choristers, comprised of singers age 5-15, provides music for Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist approximately once a month. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings during the school year from 8:30 – 9:00 am where Choristers work on building musical and vocal skills through a choral training program from the Royal School of Church Music known as Voice for Life. The goal of the choir is to elevate the mind to God through the beauty of Sacred Music and to increase in knowledge of and love of music. The RSCM supports a worldwide network of over 8,000 churches, schools, and individuals. It is committed to achieving the best use of good music in worship through education, training, publications, advice, and encouragement. To earn medals, choristers display mastery of the workbook objectives and successfully complete written and sung exams. We’d love to welcome your child(ren) into this ministry! For more information, please contact Dr. Seighman.
St. John’s now offers two music series: our long-running First Friday Noontime Concert Series and a new St. John’s Music Series & Vespers that punctuate the year and emphasize the liturgical season. More information is available by clicking the links below.
April 1, 2022
Chaski, harp and flute duo
April 24, 2022
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, San Antonio Choral Society
May 1, 2022
Musique pour le Coucher du Roy
May 6, 2022
IlluMEN, men’s vocal ensemble