Music played before and after the services on the Cathedral's magnificent pipe organ is chosen for spiritual reflection, or as accents for special holidays. For Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, and Lent, the organ music reflects the tone of the occasion, often involving re-creations of very old organ music as new, refreshing updated settings.
Canon for Music Timothy Tuller is a native of Elmira, New York, is a summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College. Since January 2007, he has served as Canon for Music here at St. John's Cathedral. Tim earned his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received the valedictory prize. Previously the Music Associate at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama, Tim has more than sixteen years of freelance service-playing experience in several Christian denominations. His principal organ teachers include Richard L. Shae, J. William Greene, Allison Evans-Henry, and Todd Wilson.
Choir of St. John's Cathedral
Consisting of 40 singers, the Choir at St. John’s is an integral part of the worship experience, singing every Sunday in the regular services, and also for Carol Services, Evensongs as well as Holy Day services. The Cathedral Choir is comprised of auditioned singers, many of whom are also accomplished instrumentalists. Adding to the Cathedral music department are principals from the Jacksonville Symphony, along with other professional players in the area. Experienced singers may arrange an audition appointment (904) 356-5507, ext.120.
The Choir of St. John’s was honored during the summer of 2010 to serve as choir-in-residence at Ely Cathedral in England. The Choir traveled to England in the summer of 2014 to sing at Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
St. John’s Cathedral Choristers
The St. John’s Cathedral Choristers is a children’s choir, open to all 3rd through 12th graders. The curriculum follows the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) program of worship. This program guides students to become worship leaders through techniques, theory, Anglican tradition and fellowship. They sing every Sunday and on selected special services throughout the year. Senior Choristers (in third grade and up) each earn $5 each week if they attend rehearsals and Sunday service.
Children may enter the Junior Chorister program as pre-schoolers, and continue as Novices in first and second grades. All choristers rehearse from 5:45—6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. After this time all choristers from Pre-K to fifth grade are invited to attend a children's worship time from 6:30-7 p.m. in Room 202 with Pam Searcy. Older choristers can receive homework help at this same time in Room 201. We’re expanding the choristers’ program this fall to involve more children and prepare even our youngest singers to become Senior Choristers by third grade.
- Junior Choristers—for Pre-K to second grade. Directed by Pam Searcy. They will rehearse in Room 202 along with the Novices.
- Novices—for first or second graders who aspire to join the Senior Choristers when they enter the third grade. Also directed by Pam Searcy.
- Senior Choristers—for third grade and up. Directed by Tim Tuller. They rehearse in the Choir Room on the second floor of Cathedral House. Senior Choristers vest, process and sing each Sunday during the 9 a.m. service, and also sing several times a year at the 11 a.m. service.