Dr. Brian Campbell to Serve as Interim Organist and Choirmaster
After three and a half years as Associate Organist at Saint John's, Dr. Brian Campbell will fill the role of interim after the departure of Dr. Geoffrey Harris Ward. Dr. Campbell will lead the church choir and worship music, with the assistance of Dr. Bruce Smedley, a long time choir member. We are glad to have Dr. Campbell in this role as we head into the future!
Brian Campbell received a B.S. in music from William Jewell College in 2000 and soon after a Master of Music degree in organ from Southwestern Seminary. Dr. Campbell studied organ at the University of Kansas, earning his D.MA in 2009. During his years of musical training, he studied under Pauline Riddle, Albert Travis, James Higdon, and Michael Bauer. He has also taught courses in organ and music theory.
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!