St John’s Music Programs

A message from Ruaraidh Sutherland, New Director of Music Ministry:

Welcome to St John’s of Lattingtown and to our music ministry. St John’s offers our music in service to the glory of God, and this hugely important ministry is at the heart of our parish. We celebrate our distinctive Anglican musical traditions, through which many people find the deepest expression of their faith.


St John’s Parish Choir

The St. John's Parish Choir is open to all from high school age and older and draws singers from our parish and the surrounding area. Choral Scholarships (see below) are awarded to talented vocal students attending local area high schools and colleges. The choir is anchored by our section leaders and sings a wide range of music from the treasury of Anglican repertoire regularly at the Sunday services of Eucharist and Evensong. Concerts and other special events are offered during the year.

For further information about Choral Scholarships or joining the choir, please contact Ruaraidh F. Sutherland, Organist and Director of the Music Ministry-

Choral Scholarships
There are four Choral Scholarship vacancies (ATTB) for the St John’s Parish Choir. Further information is available Click Here

Section Leaders for St John’s Parish Choir
St John’s Parish Choir currently has openings for tenor and bass leaders. Further information is available here Click Here

Junior Choral Scholars

Under the banner of Junior Choral Scholars, St John’s is excited to announce the formation of two new choirs coming September 2023, one for Boys’ (grades 3 to 8) and Girls (grade 3 to 12). The boys and girls of the Junior Choral Scholars will rehearse weekly and sing monthly on Sundays. Children who participate will have the opportunity to learn musical skills, make lifelong friends, and develop crucial life skills. The syllabus will be based on the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life curriculum.

For further information about the Boys’ and Girls’ choirs, please contact Ruaraidh F. Sutherland, Organist and Director of the Music Ministry-


Evensong- April 21st at 4:00 pm- Why seek ye the living, by Hollins

Evensong- May 9th at 7:00 pm – God is gone up, by Finzi

Evensong- May 19th at 4:00 pm – All wisdom cometh, by Moore

Come and Sing- Choral Evensong in a day with internationally acclaimed conductor and composer KATHERINE DIENED-WILLIAMS

For singers, choirs and choral directors- Saturday, June 1st, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

$20 includes lunch and music/students free- more information –


‘Come & Sing Evensong’ In A Day

St. John’s of Lattingtown will host a ‘Come & Sing Evensong’ on Saturday, June 1. The Music Director is Katherine Dienes-Williams, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral, United Kingdom, accompanied by Ruaraidh Sutherland, organist of
St. John’s. The day will conclude with a service of Choral Evensong at 4 p.m., led by Fr. Mark Fitzhugh, Rector of St. John’s.

Registration is open to all teenage and adult singers, and you are encouraged to complete the registration form electronically using
Google Forms

Schedule for the day will be:
9.30 Registration
10.00 Sing
11.15 Break
11.30 Sing
12.30 Lunch
1.45 Sing
3.00 Break
3.15 Sing
4.00 Evensong

The day is heavily subsidized so the fee for the day will be $20 which will be collected on the day.

Music for the day is listed below and will be provided.

Introit: We shall walk through the valley – Undine Smith Moore
Preces & Responses – William Byrd
Psalm 8 – chant by William Hayes
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in C – Charles Villiers Stanford
Anthem: I was glad – Leo Sowerby
Choristers are encouraged to bring their own vestments, should they have them.
Parking options are available on Lattingtown Road, opposite the church.

You can read about Katherine Dienes-Williams - CLICK HERE