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 has been part of the life of St. John's for more than 15 years. The choir has participated in worship in early December.
St. Johns offers a Music Series of excellent performances in our sanctuary. For the 2014-2015 schedule and ticket information check out the Music Series page.
Choral Community at St. John's
Catherine Roma Scholarship
On January 29, 2006 St. John’s celebrated and honored our former 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.
Recipients have included:
2006 ~ Katherine Alexander from Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church.
2007 ~ Jessica Muni, St. John’s member.
2008 ~ Ann Cheng from Walnut Hills High School.
2009 ~ Haley McDaniel also from Walnut Hills High School.
2010 ~ Will Wagner of St. John’s.
2011 ~ Ryann Patrus of Clark Montessori High School.
2012 ~ Alexandra Wilson of St. John’s.
2013 ~ Laine Kolesar of Walnut Hills High School.
2014 ~ Elena Jordan-Keller of Clark Montessori High School.