Liturgical Music

Liturgical Music

Welcome to the Music Ministry at St John the Evangelist Church in Frederick, MD. Our Music Ministry team tries to blend different musical cultures and styles and integrate them into a program that brings all people closer to God through liturgical worship. We are always looking for talented Cantors for any of our Masses (5pm Saturday, 7:30, 9, 11, and 1pm on Sunday) and would love to have you join the team.

Ensembles to join:

Adult Choir

  • Open to all, high school* age and up

  • All voice parts needed

  • No audition necessary

  • Rehearse Thursdays in the Choir Loft, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Sing 3 weekends per month (Sat. 5PM, Sun. 9 or 11 AM

Youth Choir

    Open to boys and girls 4th grade through high school*.  No audition;  Rehearse Thursdays in the Choir Loft 6:15 – 7:15 PM; Sing 2 Sundays per month (9AM or 11AM)

*High schoolers may choose to join either the Youth Choir or the Adult Choir depending on their schedule needs and desired level of involvement.

Cantor Recruitment and Training
This past fall, we welcomed three new musicians to our cantor ministry.  We are blessed and fortunate to have a wonderful group of singers who offer their gifts and talents to the glory of God each weekend at our masses.  We are looking to continue to expand our available resources for this volunteer liturgical musical ministry as we move into Lenten/Easter seasons.  Singing and music reading ability are necessary and training and musical support are offered by our current cantors and by Nae Pearson, our Director of Music.  High School Youth and all adults are invited and encouraged to email Nae by cell phone at 703-629-0153.


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The St. John Handbell Ringers celebrated Christmas on several occasions with wonderful music-making!  The bell choir continues to hold regular rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. either in the organ loft of the main church or in the music room on the lower level of the Echles Parish Center. In this new season, we continue to welcome new members to the group.  Music reading ability is helpful but not mandatory.  No prior bell-ringing experience necessary.  Come share your musical gifts with the parish!  For further information or questions, contact Nae Pearson, Director of Music at or by cell phone at 703-629-0153.

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We Got Strings!!!  A wonderful ensemble of 14 string players enhanced our Christmas Eve mass at 8:00 p.m. with carols and special pieces throughout the mass.   At the present time, we will continue with weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the organ loft of the main church or in the music room on the lower level of the Echles Parish Center. Our goal is to continue with regular playing at selected masses and to begin to prepare music for the upcoming Lenten/Easter season.  This group is for intermediate through advanced players, music reading and experience are necessary.  If you are interested in learning more about this ensemble please contact Nae Pearson or by cell phone at 703-629-0153.

If you have any interest in any of these ensembles, please contact our Director of Music, Nae Pearson