Roanoke VA


Please also see St. John's Music on the Corner series. 

Since 1892, countless musicians and singers have contributed to the rich musical life of this downtown parish. Our church has been served by three pipe organs, 20 Organist/Choirmasters and hundreds of faithful singers. The psalms and hymns are supported and enhanced by

  • the newly restored Aeolian-Skinner/Quimby pipe organ Click to see the Parish Restoration booklet (PDF)
  • the St. John’s Choir
  • a children’s music program 
  • a handbell choir
  • youth and adult musicians during the evening service and on festival days

Parishioners in St. John’s Choir sing hymns and sacred music during Sunday worship and funerals as available. No audition is necessary. From September–May, the choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. During the summer, the choir rehearses at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays for music during the 10:00 a.m. service. E-mail Mr. Mike Milam, the Interim Minister of Music, at for more information about St. John's Choir. 

St. John’s Singers, a vocal ensemble for youth in grades 6-12, recognizes the Episcopal Church’s long history of fine choral music and the rich connection between liturgy and music, giving youth a chance to explore their heritage while also studying a variety of musical styles. The group not only provides music for worship but also offers solid musical training. The goal of St. John’s Singers is to offer youth a comprehensive, enjoyable, and challenging experience in music while providing opportunities to learn about and serve God and the Church. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 until 4:45. In order to participate in the group, a commitment to regular attendance is necessary. For more information or to register, email Mike Milam at

The St. John’s Music Academy for children in grades K-5 is a key component of children's Christian education, designed to inspire elementary-aged children both musically and spiritually as they express their faith through music. Like private music study (but without the expense), the training they receive is comprehensive and valuable for their development as young musicians, laying a solid foundation for further study in a variety of musical directions. Based on the Royal School of Church Music model, features of the program include: vocal/choral training, liturgical training, scripture study, presentation of music during worship, music theory, instrumental experiences, movement experiences, creative activities, music appreciation, recognitions and awards as children attain new levels of experience. Children meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 until 5:45 p.m. For more information, email Mike Milam at
Handbell Ringers play on five octaves of White Chapel English Handbells on occasional Sundays. E-mail Mr. Mike Milam, Interim Minister of Music, at for more information about our handbell choir.
  • The St. Cecilia Handbell Ringers rehearse Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. during the program year.

The Gathering Band plays acoustic music during the Gathering service, mixing traditional and new arrangements of hymns from The Hymnal 1982 with modern Christian music that reflects the Gathering’s ancient-modern style of worship. Email Rev. David Olson at