Dr. Ward to become Organist & Choir Master of All Saint's Chapel, Sewanee
Dr. Geoffrey Harris Ward has accepted the call to become The Organist & Choir Master at All Saints Chapel of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
The last Sunday of May will mark his last Sunday at Saint John’s and the end of a decade among us. I give thanks to almighty God for his gifts and talents. He is the reason that people assume superior music when they attend Saint John’s services.
I know you join me, The Vestry and Memphis Choir Board in thanking him for his presence among us and pray that his work grow and mature in this next chapter.
In hope, in spite of the facts.
John W. Sewell
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 Dr. Geoffrey Ward at 901-323-8597 x 26, or ghward [at] stjohnsmemphis [dot] org
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.
On some Sundays, Dr. Ward plays an interlude on the Steinway, and the result is delightful!