February 1, 2022

St. John’s Choir School Moves Forward

February 1, 2022

Dear Friends,

I am so grateful for each of you in these times. Your generosity and compassion for each other is truly a gift and a light to our community. And its the reason why St. John’s remains strong and creative, sharing the light of Christ in Tallahassee and beyond.

In the midst of this holy “in-between” time, as St. John’s searches for a new rector, we have continued to implement the vision outlined in our five-year strategic plan: to strive to grow our faith in community, grow in spiritual depth and outreach, and grow in resources. I am delighted to share that, in December 2021, our church vestry unanimously approved moving forward with our Strategic Plan initiative to create a St. John’s Choir School. This initiative has been part of our conversation since the plan’s formation in 2018. The mission of the St. John’s Choir School is to offer a challenging and immersive program of musical study for all children, regardless of means or background, by giving them a chance to sing alongside professionals in an intergenerational setting and in a safe space.

Today, I am able to share that Marissa Hall will be joining the St. John’s music staff on September 20, 2022, as Interim Director of St. John’s Choir School and Assistant Director of Music. She will work under the supervision of St. John’s Director of Music Betsy Calhoun and with other leaders from our amazing music program. When Marissa begins in September, she will be working with our existing music program and establishing the foundational work for the opening of the St. John’s Choir School in fall of 2023.

Marissa is a familiar face to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Many of you will recognize her from her undergraduate days at FSU and as a St. John’s Sacred Music Intern. She has also served as the head of St. John’s Summer Choir Camp, which will celebrate its 7th summer program in 2022. Marissa was also responsible for the beautiful, collaborative virtual choir pieces we all enjoyed during the earliest months of the pandemic.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music from Florida State University, Marissa moved north for her master’s degree in Sacred Music from Boston University and Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration. She currently serves as Music and Worship Administrator at Trinity Church, Boston MA, and as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge MA. Marissa is passionate about children’s music and hymnody and is an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. She also currently serves on the board of directors for the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA) and is a contributor/curator to the Great Host of Composers Database Project.

We are delighted to welcome Marissa back to St. John’s to join our staff in the fall. Please contact me or Betsy Calhoun if you would like to learn more about how you can invest in the St. John’s Choir School. Your faithfulness has kept St. John’s thriving for nearly 200 years, and we are confident that you will share our excitement as we move forward with this exciting new initiative that will allow St. John’s to play a part in forming our future generations!

God’s peace,

The Rev. Abigail W. Moon
Interim Rector

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