St. John's Music

Music in Worship
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.

St. John's Choir
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 praised.

The 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.

Dr. Chris Teeuwsen
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.

Evensong Recitals
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.

The Organ
Keates-Geissler, 1988

St. John's Choir

in the Gathering Space in November of 2014.


Dr. Chris Teeuwsen, Director of Music, 2016-

Mr. Ian Sadler, Director of Music, 2012-2016

Mr. William Murphy, retired Director of Music, 2001-2012

Mr. Murray Rathbone, interim organist, retired

St. John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9