Music at St. Michael’s
With three all-volunteer choirs and a congregation eager to “make a joyful noise” every Sunday, St. Michael’s creates a lively musical worship experience for everyone. Choirs rehearse and perform from September to June, and all are welcome to join.
The Adult Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 and sings every Sunday morning. The choir’s recent repertory includes music by Lutheran stalwarts Bach and Mendelssohn as well as classic and contemporary American pieces from composers including Harry Burleigh, Gerre Hancock, and Keith Hampton. In short: we do it all – classical, folk, pop, and even a little gospel!
The Junior Choir, ages 5–11, rehearses Sunday mornings and sings during the service about once a month. The choir sings upbeat pieces such as “This Little Light of Mine,” and the emphasis is on fun and participation (with a little learning on the side).
The Chime Choir rehearses most Wednesday evenings and plays during the service about once a month, accompanying the hymns and performing solo pieces suitable for our three octaves of chimes.
Dr. Jonathan Yaeger, Music Director
Jonathan Yaeger has been proud to serve St. Michael’s since 2012. With over fifteen years of experience in church music as a singer, organist, and choir director. Jon has served congregations in New Jersey, Ohio, the District of Columbia and, most recently before returning to his native northeast, St. Thomas Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Bloomington, Indiana. With these church choirs, each made up entirely of volunteer singers, “Dr. Jon” has conducted major works of Bach, Britten, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams.
In addition to serving St. Michael’s, Jon teaches music history at the Juilliard School in New York. He is working on a book about the German conductor Kurt Masur and his tenure leading the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Jon recently earned a PhD in musicology from Indiana University, Bloomington. He also holds an MM in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in history from Yale.