Music Ministry

Music in the church glorifies God and is integral to our worship and liturgy – worship being the core of our congregational life. It encourages the congregation’s song in corporate prayer and praise. Music takes us beyond words, enabling all present to encounter the mystery of God in Christ Jesus.

As we strive to foster and strengthen a lifelong appreciation for music in both children and adults, we offer abundant opportunities for singers and worshipers to become involved. Throughout the years, our choristers have found friendship, joy, and a welcoming community through their involvement in the choirs of St. John the Divine.

Music groups include:

  • The SJD Chorister Program
    ages 3 – grade 12; rehearses Wednesday afternoon
  • The SJD Chorale
    Adults; rehearses Thursday evenings 7 – 9 pm
  • The Choir of St. John the Divine
    An intergenerational choir combining the talents of our Junior and Senior Choristers and members of the SJD Chorale.
  • The SJD Worship Band
    The band leads worship at the 9:15 am Awesome Worship service and 11:15 am Table service.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7 – 9 pm in the Choir Room

The Chorale, our adult choir, sings weekly at the 9:00 am and 11:15 am traditional services. Choir members may choose to sing at one or both services. The Chorale also sings regular Evensong services and provides the musical leadership for Christmas and Easter celebrations along with the other great feasts of the church year. Music from the rich Anglican choral tradition forms the heart of its repertoire. There is no formal audition, but a meeting with the Director of Music is needed for voice placement. New members are always welcome.

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The SJD Chorister Program offers a rich choral experience for children and youth from age 3 – grade 12. The program utilizes the Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life curriculum. All age-appropriate groups rehearse on Wednesdays and sing in various services throughout the year.

The SJD Worship Band exists to glorify God and lead his people in musical worship, through modern praise choruses, ancient hymns of the faith, and original compositions. Led by Sarah Gividen, the band leads the 9:15 am Awesome Worship service and 11:15 am Table service.

Evensong Series

The Choir of St. John the Divine leads this contemplative service of sung evening prayer in the Church.

Choral Evensong: February 4, 4:30 pm
Choral Evensong: March 3, 4:30 pm
Choral Evensong: April 7, 4:30 pm
Choral Evensong: May 5, 4:30 pm
Choral Evensong: June 2, 4:30 pm

ROCO Concert Series

SJD is pleased to be the acoustic home for ROCO. Their series of concerts features a full 40-piece chamber orchestra alongside distinguished guest conductors from around the world.

Supersonic: February 24, 5:00 pm

Music Ministry Staff

Steven Newberry

Director of Music & Worship

With degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Southern Methodist University, and Perkins School of Theology, Steve has served churches in Cincinnati, Mobile, and Roanoke, Virginia, before joining the staff at St. John the Divine in 2,000. In addition to his work at SJD, he has held numerous leadership roles in various professional organizations, including chairing several regional and national conferences. In his free time, Steve enjoys cycling and sharing his culinary skills.

John Meier

Associate Director of Music & Worship

Sarah Gividen

Assoc. Dir. Modern Music & Worship

Sarah is a native Houstonian and lives with her husband Nick and their three wild and beautiful kids. She was raised in a musical family and has been performing, leading worship, and writing music all her life. Sarah is lucky enough to have found an insanely talented husband to join her in all of that. Her favorite hobbies are reading, binging true crime documentaries, enjoying all things Tex-Mex, and working out — to justify all the Tex-Mex!

Anna Teagarden

Associate Director of Music - SJD Choristers

After finishing her Master's in Voice Performance at the University of Texas, Anna moved to Houston with her then fiancé, Joe. Anna taught music at The Fay School, River Oaks Baptist, and St. Paul's UMC. Anna is also a vocalist, ranging from classical to jazz. She is happily married to Joe with twin daughters in college.

Sharlu Melville

Administrative Assistant to Music & Worship

Sharlu retired from education from Katy ISD after 35 years of service that included teaching and administration. She has sung with the SJD Chorale as a soprano for over three years and now serves as Administrative Assistant to the Music and Worship department. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Katy, TX.

Audrey Black

Ministry Assistant

Audrey graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Radio, Television, and Film. After a brief stint in Los Angeles, she returned home to Texas and joined her long-time friend and mento Anna Teagarden at St. John's Working with the kids of the St. John's chorister program never fails to bring a smile to her face!

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