Brandon Dumas Joins Saint John's as New Organist & Choirmaster

The Rev. John W. Sewell, Rector of Saint John's Episcopal Church, and David Work, Board President of The Memphis BoyChoir, Inc. (MBC) are pleased to announce Mr. Brandon Dumas as Organist & Choirmaster of Saint John's and Artistic Director of MBC, Inc. following an international search process that began when Dr. Geoffrey Harris Ward left to join the faculty at The University of the South in Sewanee after 10 years at Saint John's.

The Rev. John W. Sewell: "Brandon Dumas will lead us deeper into the 21st Century, while continuing our rich English Cathedral Choir tradition. I am confident that he will add his unique musical DNA to a remarkable three decade legacy."

Brandon: "Saint John's church is doing something which is not only counter-cultural as an after-school activity for children, but as a ministry in the church. I am thrilled to be given the chance to work with the talented clergy and staff, the board members, and all the musicians who comprise this robust program. I am especially grateful for the considerable hard work of Dr. Brian Campbell as interim director and that he will be working alongside me moving forward, which will help to ensure the smoothest of transitions into this season."

His marks his first Sunday at Saint John's on September 11th. The fall choir seasons begin the week following, and parents of the BoyChoir and GirlChoir will have an opportunity to meet him. 

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Saint John's Chancel Choir

The Saint John's Chancel Choir supports our liturgy with musical leadership for the 10:30 Holy Eucharist every Sunday. The music encompasses everything from eighth century plainsong to sixteenth century motets and modern choral arrangements. We rehearse Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 and Sunday morning before the service.  New members are always welcome! If you would like to add your voice to our choir, please contact our Organist and Choirmaster Brandon Dumas at 901-323-8597 x 26, or

Saint John's Men's Choir

The Men's Choir is a semi-annual opportunity for the men of Saint John’s to participate in the musical liturgy. The choir leads the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 and the Feast of the Ascension on May 5, 2016. All men are welcome to participate, no experience necessary. 

Guest Musicians - Jeanne Simmons/Charles Lewis: The Water is Wide

Saint John's regularly welcomes guest musicians during the 10:30 Sunday service. Professional musicians from the choir, the parish, and the community perform high level chamber music on cello, oboe, violin, tuba, saxophone and others, as well as vocal solos. Many of these recordings can be found on Saint John's YouTube page.

Take a moment to hear "The Water is Wide" flute duet by Jeanne Simmons and Charles Lewis in the video below. 

Guest Musician - Elizabeth Gassler: Andante Religioso

Elizabeth Gassler performs Andante Religioso, by Georg Goltermann during the Sunday 10:30 service.

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