St. John's, Ancaster is a very musical parish. You will experience
a large range of hymnody, mass settings, anthems and service music, and
the people of the parish are adept at learning new tunes, texts and refrains.
Service music could be described as "mainstream" Anglican, honouring
beloved, established music as well as more recent compositions and hymns.
Consisting of a remarkable group of twenty-plus
singers, the Choir of St. John’s Church provides excellent musical
leadership for our worship. Members of the choir share a love of traditional
Anglican music, including hymns and psalms, unaccompanied English anthems,
some Latin motets and contemporary pieces such as the work of John Rutter.
Most members have prior choral singing experience and some ability to
read music. Several times a year they sing the traditional service of
Choral Evensong in which the sensitivity of their psalm singing has been
Choir rehearses regularly on Thursday nights, and gathers for a half-hour
warm-up on Sundays before the ten o’clock service. Not infrequently,
Thursday evening also include additional fellowship, a pub night or other
community building. New members are always welcome. Just speak to the
director of music, Dr. Chris Teeuwsen, or send us an email.
Organist and Director of Music
Chris came to St. John's in June of 2016. His skills as a player, recitalist,
teacher, conductor and professor, along with his long record of musical
collaborations in the community, mean that St. John's is thrilled to celebrate
all that Chris brings to our liturgy and community life.
St. John's is pleased to offer a service of Choral Evensong on
special occasions throughout the year, usually 4pm on a Sunday afternoon.
The liturgy is followed by an organ or choral recital. You are welcome
to worship with us in this time-honoured way of glorifying God in Christ.
St. John's Choir
in the Gathering Space in November of 2014.
Chris Teeuwsen, Director of Music, 2016-
Mr. Ian Sadler, Director of Music, 2012-2016
William Murphy, retired Director of Music, 2001-2012
Murray Rathbone, interim organist, retired
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9