John retired from teaching after 20+ years with the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School System. He received the Broom Award for Excellence awarded by his home county for his work in composition for children. John served Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, Maryland for 43 years as Organist and Director of Music. His compositions are found in the catalogues of over ten nation-wide publishers. He presently has over 250 anthems for children, youth, and adults in print. Over his career, John has served as clinician for children and youth choirs at national conferences held by Presbyterians, Reformed Presbyterians, American Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, United Church of Christ, and Disciples of Christ. John has served both on the Choristers Guild Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. More recently, John joined the Pallas Theatre Collective board of directors, where he serves as president. John also works as a freelance writer for a number of music periodicals including Church Music Workshop, a journal published by Abingdon Press, and The Chorister, the journal for the Choristers Guild of Garland, Texas. Combining talents with hymnist Mary Nelson Keithahn, John has co-authored four new hymn collections: Come Away with Me, Time Now to Gather, The Song Lingers On, and most recently, A Faith that Lets Us Sing. Some of his hymns have been included in the United Methodist hymn supplement, The Faith We Sing, the Presbyterian supplement, We Sing the Faith, and the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, among others.
First Church Choir sings at worship each Sunday, September thru June.
The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM and Sunday morning before worship beginning at 9:30 AM.
All are welcome – no audition required!
Please read John’s recent article about the importance of a vital church choir:
John’s article about how he chooses music for a worship service:
John’s article on Singing Hymns and Spiritual Songs Together