St. John's Episcopal Church in Florence will host its 8th annual regional choir workshop on Saturday, September 22 at the church. Dr. Jared Johnson, Canon Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Columbia), will be the clinician.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with Choral Evensong at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be catered at the church. The registration fee of $25 includes lunch. Details and the registration form are available at www.stjohnsflorence.org. The registration deadline is September 7.
The workshop is open to all area choir members, directors, and organists regardless of denomination. The primary goal of the workshop is to provide church musicians with an opportunity to learn and develop choral singing skills, as well as to enjoy singing with a large group of fellow music ministers. Through participation, directors will observe rehearsal techniques and conducting styles that may offer fresh possibilities for their choirs, and enjoy networking with directors from other choirs.
The workshop repertoire has been chosen for its accessibility to non-professional singers in small church choirs while still maintaining musical integrity. Additionally, all of the music is appropriate for specific Sundays in Cycle C of the liturgical year, which begins on December 2. The selections include works by Mendelssohn, Bach, and Vaughan Williams.
Jared Johnson was appointed Canon Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in 2003. As an organ recitalist, he has appeared in major venues throughout North America, Great Britain, Sweden, and Australia. His solo recordings on the Pro Organo and JAV labels have attracted critical praise and have been broadcast nationally on Pipedreams. Dr. Johnson earned his M.M., M.M.A. and D.M.A. degrees at Yale University. In 1997, he was awarded a Watson Fellowship for a year’s study of choral music and conducting in London. Prior to his appointment at Trinity Cathedral, Dr. Johnson served on the music staffs of Trinity Church in Boston; the Memorial Church at Harvard; Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
For questions, please contact Tammy Williams at email@example.com or (843) 662-5585, ext. 23. St. John’s is located at 252 S. Dargan Street in Florence.