St. John provides musical opportunities for all ages, interests and talents:
Children’s Choir (grades K-5)
The Children’s choir meets on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:15pm. Families are invited to join us for a community meal in the fellowship hall on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
The Children’s Choir sings in Sunday worship about once a month. Some of the goals are to introduce good singing voices, learn about beats & rhythms, learn certain parts of the liturgy, sing songs about God, sing in a mass choir 1-2 times a year, and grow closer to each other.
The children typically participate in an annual musical, which builds confidence and gives opportunities that kids might not have elsewhere. They learn about teamwork and have fun while singing. They also get to learn concepts about God which tend to center around one Biblical story or a Christian Concept.
Director: Dawn Papenfuss (701) 232-8521 firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John Choir (high school – adult)
Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the sanctuary.
St. John choir sings approximately 3 out of 4 Sundays. If you are interested in singing but question how much time you have, call and ask, or just try us out! This group has a wide range of repertoire; the anthems usually fit the Sunday theme. We also sing at the Christmas Eve service. This group also goes to sing at some of the Retirement homes in the area. Come and sing!
Adult Handbell Group
This is for adults who read music and love to play in an ensemble utilizing handbells and handchimes.
Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm in room B11 throughout the school year. We play in church approximately monthly. We currently have an ensemble full of committed ringers, but often need substitutes or are very open to starting a second group should enough interested parties inquire. This 2nd adult group would not rehearse Wednesday’s – those interested could help determine a rehearsal schedule.
Coordinator: Jessica Westgard Larson (701) 371-8094 Jlwestgard@hotmail.com
Youth Handbell Group
For youth in grades 3-8 who can already read basic music notation. One year of piano lessons is a preferred prerequisite, but can be discussed.
Rehearsals are Sundays from 4:30pm-5:00pm in room B11 through most of the school year (we often take January off for the February Children’s Musical). We typically play in church about every 6-7 weeks.
Handbells require a strong commitment and communication with the director if kids need to miss or take a break for a month or two due to other activity conflicts that come up during the year. Handbells are a great way to strengthen your child’s rhythmic ability and music reading skills and be introduced to an instrument prior to band and orchestra years.
Jessica Westgard Larson
Other Instrumental Groups
If you play an instrument, please let the Director of Music know. We like to incorporate as many instruments in worship as possible. This includes those who sing but don’t want to be in an ensemble.