We love to “Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord!

Please speak with any member of the Choir or to John Ward if you would like to join our music ministry.

Dr. John Ward, organist

In addition to his duties at St. John’s. John Ward is also the organist at St. Peter’s Church, Haverstraw, and sub-organist at St. Aedan’s, Pearl River. Dr. Ward teaches piano, singing, and theory at The Ridgewood Conservatory in Paramus, New Jersey. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Catholic University, he has served churches in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Maine, and New Jersey. He is the Northern New Jersey Representative of Trinity College London, an international music examining body, and the former representative for Washington, D.C., of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He holds the ATCL (Associate, Trinity College London) in piano, the FRSM (Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music) in piano, the LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) with Distinction in organ, and the LRSM in singing. He holds the FAGO certification, Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. He has taught at Catholic University of America, George Washington University, Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts (VA). As a freelance performer and composer, he has been involved in 250 concert performances as pianist, conductor, organist, singer, or promoter, and in over 100 theatrical productions from children’s theater to professional companies, as music director, composer or actor. He is a former JEOPARDY! champion.


St. John’s Canterbury Choir consists of volunteers that help to support our music ministry. 

We offer music for the Choral Eucharist on selected Sunday mornings. The choir also provides special music for additional services during the Christmas, Lenten and Easter seasons. 

Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Check the calendar for specific dates.

Our anthems are liturgically based on a music history steeped in the Anglican traditions. Selections may be sourced from St John’s vast music library, new acquisitions or based on hymns from the “1982 Hymnal”, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” or “Wonder, Love and Praise”. Our music styles vary from traditional to gospel to contemporary, which helps keep our offerings exciting to learn and to share.