Concerts & Special Events

Concerts & Special Events

Throughout the year, Saint John's is pleased to present a variety of concerts and special musical events to the community. 


Summer Sacred Music Series

Join us for our Summer Sacred Music Series, Sundays, June 9-July 28 during the 10am services. A number of guest musicians will enhance our worship service this summer.
June 9
10 a.m. Service
Sarah Coburn, soprano
She will sing Alleluia by Mozart
June 16
10 a.m. service
Joe Damon Chappel, baritone
He will sing African American Spirituals
Baritone Joe Damon Chappel has performed on opera tours with composers Philip Glass and John Adams. He is bass soloist at Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity in New York City.
June 23 at 10 a.m.
John Rush, flute
June 30 at 10 a.m.
Elliott Wulff, baritone
June 30 at 5:30 p.m.
High Mass with Gregorian Chant
July 7 at 10 a.m.
Choral Music of Handel
July 14 at 10 a.m.
Meray Boustani, soprano
Whitney Hollis, piano
July 21 at 10 a.m.
Steve Haefner, trumpet
July 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Mozart Mass with Orchestra
July 28 at 10 a.m.
Reniassance Motets

Past Events

Masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach
A Concert in Memory of Robert Woods, III
Sunday, February 3, 2019  at 3:00 pm
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden – BWV 230
Passacaglia – BWV 582
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme – BWV 140
Saint John’s Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Joseph Arndt, conductor
Samuel Backman, organ
A limited number of free tickets are available for this performance.
Please contact the church office 
Organ Dedication Service
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Organ Prelude by Joseph Arndt at 5:00 pm
Holy Eucharist at 5:30 pm
With guest preacher, The Right Rev. Neil Alexander
Bishop Alexander is Vice President and Dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South
The Right Rev. Neil Alexander
Organ Dedication Series – Performance 1
Solo Organ Recital by Paul Jacobs
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm
The first organ soloist to win a Grammy Award, Paul Jacobs is Chair of organ studies at The Juilliard School
Tickets $20
To purchase tickets:
Click on "Give" at the top of the screen and select "MUSIC DEPARTMENT Concert Events." Give $22 per online ticket and make a memo "Jacobs Organ Recital March 3"
The extra $2 covers processing and mailing. Your tickets will be mailed to you.
Paul Jacobs
Organ Dedication Series – Performance 2
Concertos for Organ and Orchestra
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Bruce Sorrell, conductor
Joseph Arndt and Adam Pajan, organ
Musicians from the Tulsa Symphony
Tickets $20
To purchase tickets:
Click on "Give" at the top of the screen and select "MUSIC DEPARTMENT Concert Events." Give $22 per online ticket and make a memo "Organ Concertos May 19"
The extra $2 covers processing and mailing. Your tickets will be mailed to you.

Bruce Sorrell
A Concert of Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th-century Germany
Quicksilver Baroque Ensemble
Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Tickets $25, contact Chamber Music Tulsa
Cello and Harpsichord Concert
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Guy Fishman, cello
Joseph Arndt, harpsichord
Guy Fishman is principal cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston
Admission is free
Handel’s Messiah
Saint John’s Choir, Baroque Orchestra, and Soloists
Timothy Brown, conductor
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm SOLD OUT
Tickets $20
Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Admission is free


Spring 2019

Music at Midday
Season 4
Wednesdays, March 13-May 1

The Spring 2019 portion of Music at Midday will celebrate the dedication of the new Schoenstein Organ at Saint John’s Church. Joseph Arndt, Adam Pajan, and a number of guest artists will offer recitals that will showcase the new organ in a number of different repertoire styles.

Each recital is free and open to the public.
Wednesdays at 12:00 noon
Followed by homemade lunch for $8 at 12:30 pm
March 13
Joseph Arndt, organ
March 20
Bryan Anderson, organ
March 27
Samuel Backman, organ
April 3
Jillian Gardner, organ
April 10
Damin Spritzer, organ
April 17
Holy Week Meditation
Joseph Arndt, organ
April 24
Adam Pajan, organ
May 1
Grace Wollett, violin
Joseph Arndt, organ


Music at Midday
Season 3 Continues
Wednesdays, February 28-April 25

Free Recitals at Noon, followed by lunch for $5 at 12:30 in the Common Room. This Spring some recitals will take place outside on the Labyrinth (weather permitting).

Music at Midday


Handel's Messiah - SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $20 donation

Special Forum: Handel's Messiah: the Music and the Man Behind It

Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm


Saint John’s Choir, Baroque Orchestra, and Soloists
Timothy Brown, conductor
Meray Boustani, soprano
Whitney Hollis, soprano
Nicholas Garza, countertenor/tenor
Rachel Horton, mezzo-soprano
Timothy Petty, bass-baritone
Kelly DeLameter, bass-baritone
Adam Pajan, organ
Joseph Arndt, harpsichord

This will be a rare performance in Oklahoma of Handel's Messiah done at baroque pitch (A=415Hz, as opposed to modern pitch where A=440Hz) with a baroque orchestra. It may be the first such performance in the state. We will again welcome guest conductor Timothy Brown, retired Director of Music at Clare College in Cambridge, England.

Handel composed Messiah at a rapid pace in August and September of 1741. The texts all come from the Bible and were selected by Charles Jennens, an arts patron and a friend of Handel’s. The chosen scriptures begin with the Old Testament prophets foretelling the coming of the Savior and continue with Christ’s birth, life, passion, and resurrection.

This concert is possible through a generous donation from Katherine Magrini.

Forum speakers are Tim Brown and Anna Battigelli, the visiting Bell Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Tulsa. Moderated by Joseph Arndt. The audience is invited to bring questions for the speakers.



Wittenberg 500: Remembering the Protestant Reformation

October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Reformation Forum – 9:00 am

Service including Reformation-era music – 10:00 am


Forum speakers include:

Dr. Emily Graham, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Paul Hatley, Professor of History and Political Science, Rogers State University

Dr. William Lyons, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, Oral Roberts University


Wittenberg 500: A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

A Concert of Reformation-Era Music

October 29 at 5:30 pm

Admission is free


Music of Hammerschmidt, Praetorius, Rosenmüller, Schütz, and others


The Choir of Saint John’s

Ryland Angel, countertenor

Ben-David Aronson, Adam Bregman, Liza Malamut, Paul Von Hoff, sackbuts

Adam Pajan, organ

Joseph Arndt, conductor



Spring Cantata Festival 
at St. John’s
Sunday, May 21, 3pm

Meray Boustani, soprano

Musicians from the Dallas Bach Society

Joseph Arndt, harpsichord/conductor

Cantatas by Bach and Buxtehude for soprano, trumpet, strings, and harpsichord

Program includes:

Singet dem Herrn, BuxWV 98 – Dietrich Buxtehude

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Admission is free



Mary Ann Stewart
at St. John’s
Sunday 7 August, 10:00 am

Mary Ann Stewart is a renowned opera singer who grew up as a member here at Saint John’s. The daughter of parishioner Margaret Stewart, she will sing Gounod’s “O divine Redeemer” for the offertory anthem.


Music at Midday
2016-17 season begins,
Wednesday 21 September, Noon

Joseph Arndt was recently appointed Adjunct Professor of Harpsichord at the Brisch Center for Historical Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma. Music at Midday this fall will feature several faculty members from the Brisch Center.

Music at Midday


Trio Settecento
at St. John’s
Sunday 23 October, 5:00pm

This concert by this baroque ensemble trio, known for their “imagination, vigor, technical polish, and historical insight” is co-sponsored by Chamber Music Tulsa.


Sarah Coburn
at St. John’s
Sunday 13 November 13, 3:00pm

Join us for a concert with internationally-renowned opera star Sarah Coburn. This will be a ticketed event with a suggested $20 donation.