The Music Program at St. John’s
Music plays a significant role in the worship and life of St. John’s. Sunday worship includes instrumental and choral music carefully selected by our Minister of Music, Dr. Catherine Roma, and our Associate Director of Music, Rachel Kramer, to enhance the service. Since music is very important to us, St. John’s is pleased to offer a choral music program for all ages. Please check out our Choir page to learn more about the
- St. John’s Adult Choir program and
- Voices of Variety, our choir for youth Kindergarten - 8th grade is taking a break during the 2013-14 year.
Catherine Roma Scholarship
On January 29, 2006 St. John’s celebrated and honored our minister of music, Dr. Catherine Roma for 20 years of service and building a beloved community. At that service we announced the establishment of the Dr. Catherine Roma Scholarship – a way to honor and perpetuate her work in the arts and social justice. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors from the four Unitarian churches in Cincinnati and Walnut Hills, Clark Montessori and the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Students are nominated by their church or school administrator and then asked to submit a portfolio including a personal statement, resume, and three letters of recommendation. They are selected from their church or school for demonstrating outstanding qualities in the areas of arts, academics and social justice. A committee of judges from St. John’s review the materials, rate the candidates and a recipient is selected. They are each awarded a $500.00 scholarship that was generously donated into a fund by individuals in Cathy’s honor in 2006.
In 2006 we awarded the first scholarship to Katherine Alexander from Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church. In 2007, the scholarship was awarded to St. John’s member Jessica Muni. In 2008 Ann Cheng from Walnut Hills High School was the recipient. And, in 2009 Haley McDaniel also a Walnut Hills nominee. In 2010 we are pleased to announce that St. John’s Will Wagner is the 2010 Catherine Roma Scholarship recipient. Will was nominated by Elizabeth Wilson and is a graduate of Colerain High School. In 2011 the Recipient was Ryann Patrus from Clark Montessori and in 2012 the recipient was St. John’s Alexandra Wilson. The 2013 award winner was Laine Kolesar, nominated by Walnute Hills High School.
St. Johns also offers a Music Series of excellent performances in our sanctuary. For the 2013-2014 schedule and ticket information check out the Music Series page.
Choral Community at St. John's
MUSE – Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir calls St. John’s home and rehearses year-round. Now celebrating 31 years of musical excellence and social change, MUSE performs throughout the year at St. John’s worship services. For more information, please visit www.musechoir.org
The Cincinnati Men's Chorus (CMC) is a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus organized to provide the opportunity for gay men and gay-supportive men to sing together. Founded in 1991, the chorus seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences that reach beyond the realm of musical purpose to deepen and enrich our lives. Form more information, please visit www.cincinnatimenschorus.org