WORSHIP & MUSIC
JAPC offers an annual free concert series as a welcome to the Detroit Metro community. Over the years, the annual four-concert season has welcomed local, national, and international artists performing concerts from choral to instrumental, Celtic bands to big brass bands, classical organists to theatre organists accompanying silent movies, and nearly every kind of singer from folk to opera. Each program includes a time for the audience members to meet the performers and share a refreshments provided by the hospitality of church members.
JAZZ AT JAPC
This series celebrates the unique power of jazz as part of the church’s community service. Concerts are presented free of charge 4 times a year on Sunday afternoons. From jazz vespers to up and coming artists to Detroit legends the series offers something for everyone.
The Chancel Choir is made up of people from all walks of life, both volunteer and professional, that enjoy a unique Sunday morning fellowship dedicated to serving the church through music making. In addition to a ten-month schedule of singing over 150 anthems drawn from a truly eclectic seasonal repertoire, the choir presents several special annual offerings drawing from a wide variety of both sacred and secular music. Under the direction of Director, Stephen J. Warner l, the Chancel Choir steps beyond that of the “traditional” church choir while continually striving to bring a true and joyous sense of Spirit to performers and listeners through a loving and heartfelt approach to music making. If you are interested in singing with the choir, contact the Director of Music Stephen Warner.
CARILLON & SKINNER ORGAN
Out of the hundreds of organs produced by the Skinner firm, this organ is one of only three large four manual instruments that remain in their original form. This rare organ is a four manual Electro-pneumatic instrument of 68 ranks. It was designed and built in 1926 by Ernest M. Skinner, the preeminent American organ builder in the early part of the 20th century. The organ was a landmark in Skinner's artistic development since it was the first time he used the Willis-type chorus mixtures and triangular wooden flutes.
Since 1925, the 23-English bell, Gillett & Johnston carillon have been play for solo recitals, to call church members and friends to worship, to celebrate wedding and resurrection services and to serve as a prelude to special musical events. They are played from a keyboard, perched on a wooden platform, just below the bell floor. The heavy, rich sound is characteristic of English bells and can best be heard at a distance of 150-200 feet from the Tower. Sister carillons are located at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Christ Church Cranbrook.