You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
St. John’s music program brings joy and beauty to our worship. We’re very fortunate to have the gifted Cynthia Mohorko as our Music Director.
Cynthia joined St. John’s in 2012 and shortly thereafter founded the Chapel Choir of St. John. This ecumenical choir is an opportunity for singers of all faiths and beliefs to join together and perform challenging and beautiful sacred and secular music. Under Cynthia’s leadership, the Chapel Choir has grown and performs regularly at St. John’s services and at special performances in Bandon.
Cynthia began studying piano at age 4 and has performed as a recitalist, accompanist and soloist with notable symphonies around the world. She has also performed on stage as an operatic soprano in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, and has held multiple roles in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from California State University, Sacramento and attended the Summer Piano Master Courses at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria.
Stephen Mohorko has conducted the Chapel Choir of St. John since its inception in 2012, skillfully guiding the ensemble’s musical interpretation of a wide variety of inspiring music. He conducts the Choir in performances supporting the church’s musical ministry as well for secular community events such as Bandon Feeds the Hungry, and St. John’s 125th anniversary celebration.
Stephen holds a degree in clarinet performance from California State University, Sacramento. As a member of the US Army band program he performed and conducted across Europe and the United States and in Korea. During his military career, he performed and led ensembles that played for hundreds of notable dignitaries including presidents, first ladies, and royalty.
Singing inspires me and reminds me of my childhood.