Past Events at St. John's Episcopal Church

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9 February 2020
Bach Parley February Concert
A $10 donation is suggested, and free childcare will be offered.
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The Tallahassee Bach Parley performs music of the Baroque era (approx. 1600-1750) using period instruments. This recreates for our audiences the experience of hearing and seeing Baroque music as it may have been originally performed hundreds of years ago while generating a fresh sound immediately accessible to listeners today. The Bach Parley is made up of experienced musicians who are trained in historically informed performance, mainly local professional performers and teachers, and FSU faculty and students. Many Bach Parley musicians also perform in Baroque music groups around the country, such as in Atlanta, New York, Texas, and Boston.The word “parley” in French means discussion and a key element of Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts is the commentary offered by our music director to engage and enlighten our audience. These dialogues give the audience a historical background about the composers and their world and suggest what to listen for in the music. This entertaining and light-hearted educational commentary connects the audience with what the musicians are playing, lifts barriers between performers and listeners, and creates a relaxed concert atmosphere with an informed and engaged audience.Other programs include “Kids Go For B'roque,” a competition and honors concert featuring talented young musicians from the community performing the music of the Baroque period. We also run the Bach Parley String Academy and offer lessons on violin, viola, and cello as well as ukulele classes.
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26 January 2020
Organ Concert by Iain Quinn
Free admission; $10 suggested donation.
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The Tallahassee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, in partnership with the Tallahassee Bach Parley, will present organist Iain Quinn in concert on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM at St. John\'s Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe St. in downtown Tallahassee. A reception will follow the performance.The suggested donation for this event is $10; all proceeds will benefit the FSU Organ Scholarship Fund.  Free childcare is available.
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15 December 2019
Advent Lessons and Carols
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To heighten the expectancy of the Advent season, the Advent Procession, the reading of scripture, and the singing of Advent hymns, carols, and anthems combine for an introspective yet joyous musical offering.
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17 November 2019
Compline at St. John's
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As a peaceful way to close the day, the St. John's Compline Choir of men sings the brief monastic service of scripture, prayers, hymns and chant in the candlelit church each Sunday evening during the academic year.
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10 November 2019
Tallahassee Bach Parley: Charpentier Midnight Mass
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The Bach Parley concert on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, will begin with music from North Germany and conclude with a Mass for Christmas Eve in France.The first piece on the concert is by Dieterich Buxtehude, Jesu meines Lebens Leben (Jesus, my life's life). The entire text is set over four descending bass line notes which repeat many times. “When composers write over this four-note pattern the result is always hypnotic and passionate. This piece has been stuck in my head since I first heard it last June,” says Music Director Valerie Arsenault, “and we are happy to share this earworm.” When Johann Sebastian was 20 years old he walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck to learn about musical style from Buxtehude.For traveling music from Germany to France, the period-instrument ensemble will play parts of a beloved Sonata by Georg Muffat, including a heartwarming G major Passacaglia, a form which also uses a repeating bass line. Arsenault says, “I love to play this piece because it's like a big musical hug that offers comfort and encouragement — and we can all use some of that sometimes!”For the finale, the Bach Parley Chamber Singers will rejoin with the players for Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuet pour Noël (Midnight Mass). The Latin words of the Mass are set to catchy and endearing French Noëls. Arsenault says, “We sing and dance our way through these lovely tunes, and we hope the concert will refresh and lighten everyone's spirits.”The performers are violinists Valerie Arsenault and Minyoung Cho, violists Melissa Brewer and Gesa Kordes, cellist Kim Jones, bassist Christian Marshall, harpsichordist Charles Brewer, and Karen Large and Sarah Jane Young on traverso flutes.This is music director Valerie Arsenault's 12th year leading the Bach Parley. The Bach Parley performs on period instruments – harpsichord and baroque style stringed instruments with gut strings, and on this concert, the flute is called a traverso, which is an early wooden version of the flute without keys to press down. The French word “parley” means discussion, and a key element of Bach Parley concerts is the commentary provided by Arsenault who gives historical context about the composers and the instruments and offers suggestions about what to listen for in the music.Arsenault says, “We are especially excited to welcome back our beautiful harpsichord after it spent a week at “the spa” having maintenance work done and getting all new strings for the first time since it was built in 1986. Our harpsichord has always sounded beautiful, and now even more so!”The Tallahassee Bach Parley is also the umbrella organization for a non-profit music school, The Bach Parley String Academy, now in its fifth year offering violin, viola, and cello lessons at St. John's Episcopal Church.The concert will be at 3PM on Sunday, November 10 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. At all Sunday Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts this season, patrons will receive an insert in their programs with a discount coupon to use after the concert at participating downtown area restaurants. A $10 donation is suggested, and free childcare will be available.For additional information about the Tallahassee Bach Parley, including the Bach Parley String Academy music school, visit www.bachparley.org.Enjoy the music, the venue, and the magic of Baroque instruments with the Tallahassee Bach Parley.
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10 November 2019
Bach Parley November Concert
A $10 donation is suggested, and free childcare will be offered.
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The Tallahassee Bach Parley performs music of the Baroque era (approx. 1600-1750) using period instruments. This recreates for our audiences the experience of hearing and seeing Baroque music as it may have been originally performed hundreds of years ago while generating a fresh sound immediately accessible to listeners today. The Bach Parley is made up of experienced musicians who are trained in historically informed performance, mainly local professional performers and teachers, and FSU faculty and students. Many Bach Parley musicians also perform in Baroque music groups around the country, such as in Atlanta, New York, Texas, and Boston.The word “parley” in French means discussion and a key element of Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts is the commentary offered by our music director to engage and enlighten our audience. These dialogues give the audience a historical background about the composers and their world and suggest what to listen for in the music. This entertaining and light-hearted educational commentary connects the audience with what the musicians are playing, lifts barriers between performers and listeners, and creates a relaxed concert atmosphere with an informed and engaged audience.Other programs include “Kids Go For B'roque,” a competition and honors concert featuring talented young musicians from the community performing the music of the Baroque period. We also run the Bach Parley String Academy and offer lessons on violin, viola, and cello as well as ukulele classes.
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10 November 2019
Compline at St. John's
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As a peaceful way to close the day, the St. John's Compline Choir of men sings the brief monastic service of scripture, prayers, hymns and chant in the candlelit church each Sunday evening during the academic year.
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25 October 2019
Organ Spooktacular Concert
Free, donations accepted
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Co-sponsored by St. John's and the Tallahassee Chapter of the AGO, the tenth annual Spooktacular will feature organist Jonathan Hein playing seasonal music. Come in costume, bring the children, and enjoy this hauntingly fun evening.
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20 October 2019
Choral Evensong
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Dating from 1549, Choral Evensong, the service of sung Evening Prayer, is one of the most beautiful in the Anglican tradition. Sunday afternoon services, sung by the St. John's choirs begin at 4:00 p.m., preceded by a recital at 3:30 p.m.
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15 October 2019
Tower Bell Tuesdays
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On Tuesdays in October, the bell ringers present midday concerts at 12:00 p.m., followed by tours of the tower, with opportunities to meet the ringers, and play the bells. You can also enjoy lunch at St John's Lively Café.
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13 October 2019
Compline at St. John's
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As a peaceful way to close the day, the St. John's Compline Choir of men sings the brief monastic service of scripture, prayers, hymns and chant in the candlelit church each Sunday evening during the academic year.
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8 October 2019
Tower Bell Tuesdays
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On Tuesdays in October, the bell ringers present midday concerts at 12:00 p.m., followed by tours of the tower, with opportunities to meet the ringers, and play the bells. You can also enjoy lunch at St John's Lively Café.
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6 October 2019
Compline at St. John's
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As a peaceful way to close the day, the St. John's Compline Choir of men sings the brief monastic service of scripture, prayers, hymns and chant in the candlelit church each Sunday evening during the academic year.
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1 October 2019
Tower Bell Tuesdays
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On Tuesdays in October, the bell ringers present midday concerts at 12:00 p.m., followed by tours of the tower, with opportunities to meet the ringers, and play the bells. You can also enjoy lunch at St John's Lively Café.
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29 September 2019
Adam Cobb, Organist
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FSU Doctoral Student Adam Cobb presents a degree recital on St. John's C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 127.
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22 September 2019
Compline at St. John's
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As a peaceful way to close the day, the St. John's Compline Choir of men sings the brief monastic service of scripture, prayers, hymns and chant in the candlelit church each Sunday evening during the academic year.
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22 September 2019
Bach Parley "Zodiac Suites and Vivaldi Concertos"
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Tallahassee Bach Parley Opens Concert Season with Zodiac Suites & Vivaldi ConcertosThe Tallahassee Bach Parley regular season opens September 22 with “Zodiac Suites & Vivaldi Concertos,” a concert of music with calendar themes. The Bach Parley will perform two Vivaldi concertos for flute, violin, and bassoon, two suites (Aries and Gemini) from “Zodiaci musici” by Johann Abraham Schmierer, a “September” suite by Gregor Joseph Werner (Haydn's predecessor), and a piece written specifically for a “Bean Feast” by Heinrich Schmeltzer for a comic ending to the concert.The performers are violinists Valerie Arsenault and Carrie Holden, violists Melissa Brewer and Brian Arsenault, cellist Kim Jones, bassist Melanie Punter, bassoonist Nina Scheibe, and Eva Amsler on traverso flute.This is music director Valerie Arsenault's 12th year leading the Bach Parley. The Bach Parley performs primarily on period instruments – harpsichord and baroque style stringed instruments with gut strings, and on this concert, the flute is called a traverso, which is an early wooden version of the flute without keys to press down. The French word “parley” means discussion, and a key element of Bach Parley concerts is the commentary provided by Arsenault who gives historical context about the composers and the instruments, and offers suggestions about what to listen for in the music.“Vivaldi is a perennial favorite, and our calendar theme also includes two pieces written for different signs of the Zodiac (Aries and Gemini), a piece written to represent the month of September (including students returning from vacation), along with a “Bean Feast” by Schmeltzer,” says Arsenault. “I'm definitely going to have our Bach Parley musicologist Charles Brewer explain the joke in that one!”The Tallahassee Bach Parley is also the umbrella organization for a non-profit music school, The Bach Parley String Academy, now in its fifth year offering violin, viola, and cello lessons at St. John's Episcopal Church. The concert will be at 3 PM on Sunday, September 22 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. At all Sunday Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts this season, patrons will receive an insert in their programs with a discount coupon to use after the concert at participating downtown area restaurants. A $10 donation is suggested, and free childcare will be available.For additional information about the Tallahassee Bach Parley, including the Bach Parley String Academy music school, visit www.bachparley.org.Enjoy the music, the venue, and the magic of Baroque instruments with the Tallahassee Bach Parley!  
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22 September 2019
Bach Parley September Concert
A $10 donation is suggested, and free childcare will be offered.
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The Tallahassee Bach Parley performs music of the Baroque era (approx. 1600-1750) using period instruments. This recreates for our audiences the experience of hearing and seeing Baroque music as it may have been originally performed hundreds of years ago while generating a fresh sound immediately accessible to listeners today. The Bach Parley is made up of experienced musicians who are trained in historically informed performance, mainly local professional performers and teachers, and FSU faculty and students. Many Bach Parley musicians also perform in Baroque music groups around the country, such as in Atlanta, New York, Texas, and Boston.The word “parley” in French means discussion and a key element of Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts is the commentary offered by our music director to engage and enlighten our audience. These dialogues give the audience a historical background about the composers and their world and suggest what to listen for in the music. This entertaining and light-hearted educational commentary connects the audience with what the musicians are playing, lifts barriers between performers and listeners, and creates a relaxed concert atmosphere with an informed and engaged audience.Other programs include “Kids Go For B'roque,” a competition and honors concert featuring talented young musicians from the community performing the music of the Baroque period. We also run the Bach Parley String Academy and offer lessons on violin, viola, and cello as well as ukulele classes.
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5 August 2019
Back to School Orchestra Boot Camp
Cost: $125
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Chamber Music WorkshopDates: August 5-9, 2018
9 am to 12 noonViolin, viola, and cello
Rising 4th-8th grade
Minimum 1 year experience required
This camp is designed for students who will be returning to school orchestra in the fall. We will focus on proper technique, as well as orchestra etiquette and listening skills. Note reading, scales, and theory will also be included.Register here For all day fun – visit LeMoyne ArtEducation and add their afternoon camp option for a complete art experience for your kids – their link is here: http://www.lemoyne.org/lemoyne-arts-summer-camp-2018/
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29 July 2019
Overture Beginning Violin Camp
Cost: $125
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Overture Beginning Violin CampDates: July 29-August 2, 2018
Times: 9 am to 12 noon
Cost: $125
Provided: violin to use during the camp, morning snackActivities:
Note reading
Musical games
Learning basic technique of the violin
Movement
SingingInstruments will be provided by Playground Music!Register here There is an option to participate in LeMoyne Art camps for their afternoon sessions – please contact them directly to make arrangements: http://www.lemoyne.org/lemoyne-arts-summer-camp-2018/
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17 June 2019
St. John's Episcopal Church 2019 Summer Music Camp
Non-refundable registration fee of $35 per child.
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All rising 2nd-7th graders are welcome to attend this 5 day camp, Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.This day-camp will utilize hands-on activities and fun games to help kids learn music theory, ear-training, and ensemble singing, and will even feature vocal coaching from a professional singer!Mid-morning snacks and drinks will be provided.Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot! Registration for this camp costs $35 per child and is non-refundable.If you have any questions about this camp or its offerings, please email Dr. Betsy Calhoun, Director of Music, at BETSY@SAINT-JOHN.ORG.
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17 June 2019
Overture Beginning Violin Camp (For Older Students)
Cost: $125
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Overture Beginning Violin CampDates: June 17-21, 2018
Times: 1-4 pm
Cost: $125
Provided: violin to use during the camp, morning snackActivities:
Note reading
Musical games
Learning basic technique of the violin
Movement
Singing Register hereThere is an option to participate in the Music Camp at St. John's in the morning – for more information, please visit saint-john.org 
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10 June 2019
Strings, Friends, and Fun
Cost: $125
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Chamber Music WorkshopDates: June 10-14, 2018
9 am to 12 noonViolin, viola, and cello
All ages welcome
Minimum 1 year experience required
Students will learn how to rehearse and perform in small ensembles, explore new repertoire, develop leadership skills, and gain performance experience.Register here For all day fun – visit LeMoyne ArtEducation and add their afternoon camp option for a complete art experience for your kids – their link is here: http://www.lemoyne.org/lemoyne-arts-summer-camp-2018/
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3 June 2019
Overture Beginning Violin Camp
Cost: $125
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Overture Beginning Violin CampDates: June 3-7, 2018
Times: 9 am to 12 noon
Cost: $125
Provided: violin to use during the camp, morning snackActivities:
Note reading
Musical games
Learning basic technique of the violin
Movement
Singing Register here There is an option to participate in LeMoyne Art camps for their afternoon sessions – please contact them directly to make arrangements: http://www.lemoyne.org/lemoyne-arts-summer-camp-2018/
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