psalm 104 v.33

Music has always formed an important part of worship at St John’s and since its foundation the church has always aspired to support music of the highest quality within liturgy.


The choir is made up of volunteers of all ages, who enjoy singing and the challenges of performing some of the finest music ever written to the very highest standards possible.

The choir sings at the 10.00am Service every Sunday, and Choral Evensong once a month, on the Second Sunday. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm until 8.45pm, and before each service.

The choir performs settings, psalms, antiphons, anthems and motets at every service and is proud to continue the ancient tradition of regularly singing plainsong within the liturgy.

In addition to performing each Sunday the choir performs Carol Services in Advent and at Christmas, and at liturgies on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Eve. In 2018 members of the choir performed Fauré’s Requiem on All Souls Day alongside a string quartet and organ.

New members are always welcome: sight reading skills are desirable but by no means essential. The only requirement is a love of singing and the ability to sing in tune.

St John’s is extremely proud of its choral programme which gives local children access to a free musical education rarely found outside of specialist music schools.


St John’s is hoping to also run a junior choir for boys and girls, aged 7 – 13, which will rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 5.00-6.00pm. The choristers will support the adult choir and sing with them on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the 10.00am service of Solemn Eucharist. This will give talented and enthusiastic musical youngsters an opportunity rarely found elsewhere. Further information is available here, New chorister information, or from the Director of Music.  We will update the website when this changes but are happy to seek expressions of interest.


The church supports six choral scholarships, worth $750 per annum, for student aged 14-23, who are drawn from local schools, colleges and universities.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and gifted musician who will work alongside the Director of Music to assist with our rich and varied musical tradition, centered around our SATB choir. St John’s Dee Why is extremely keen for the choral tradition to continue to grow, with an emphasis on developing a children’s choir and growing our adult choir which currently has dedicated members. The successful applicant will be expected to share in the ongoing development of worship in our church.

Music plays a very important part of our life together as a church and as a community, and we hope that the successful candidate will be someone who can embrace a broad range of musical styles.

This is a paid position and the post comes with opportunities for weddings and funerals with fees.

For further details on both the choral and organ scholarship, email or call the church office on 9971 8694


The first instrument in St John’s was installed in 1968 by Roger H. Pogson: this instrument contained six ranks extended to twenty-two stops. In April 2014 these ranks were augmented with digital stops by Ian Sell of Digital Pipe Organs, Australia, who also built  a new console. The new instrument has three manuals and seventy-three stops. The organ was dedicated in May 2014 following a recital by the international-recitalist, David Drury.


Anybody interested in membership of the choirs or requiring any further information about the music at St John’s should contact the Director of Music, via the church office on 9971 8694 or at