Music & Organ

Music At St. John’s presents 
Ken Vaiden and Carol Henderson
"Music of Love

St. John’s Episcopal Church is continuing its special concert series with Music at St. John’s. The second program will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. "Music of Love" will feature the talents of Ken Vaiden and Carol Henderson. Ken was last seen in Halifax County Little Theater's amazing production of "Chicago," while Carol is St. John's resident organist/pianist/conductor/choir master. 

Enjoy "Music of Love" at St. John’s with the musical duo of Vaiden & Henderson, on September 20th. The program, starting at 7:00 p.m., will feature a variety of love songs from different eras of history along with more recent compositions. Sparkling refreshments will be served at intermission time with an opportunity to mingle with friends and greet the musicians.

Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Space is limited. If you desire tickets, please come to the church office or phone or email. St. John’s is located at 197 Mountain Road in Halifax, VA 24558.  Phone: 434-476-6696 and email:

Music at St. John’s is designed to showcase our restored historic church, our music program, and our welcoming outlook in the community. Your friends and neighbors are invited to come and enjoy "Music of Love" with Ken Vaiden on vocals and Carol Henderson accompanying him on the grand piano on September 20th at 7:00 p.m. 

Coming Soon: 
November 7th at 7:00 pm will feature Celtic Music by Regina Christanson and Stephen Whitley. This concert will feature Celtic harp, guitar, and songs to soothe our souls during the late autumn season in beautiful Halifax.  


The Status of Our Organ
Our organ console will be similar to this one 
On Monday, April 24th Father Ross, Lott Rogers, and Carol Henderson took a “field trip” to Grooms and Payne, Ltd. in Louisa, Virginia. We were able to observe several items of interest in the workshop. Currently, George Payne and Kelly Grooms are in the midst of a major restoration job for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. Apparently, not only is Covenant’s pipework in need of work and restoration, but their console became inoperable just a few weeks ago. (See Covenant’s website)

On our trip we witnessed several facets pertaining to the construction of an organ and gained more knowledge of what steps are being taken to create a custom-built pipe instrument for our church. We explored the workshop, visited with George and Kelly, with the workers, and saw craftsmanship in action! We saw two swell chests open with pipes standing. This provided us with an up-close-and-personal hands-on observation. We had a discussion on Restoration and Reconditioning of 1880 Hook & Hastings pipework. This pipework is similar to what some of our pipework will undergo using the Austin pipework from Wilkesboro, North Carolina and what our old pipework will need. We looked at reconditioned reed pipes from Hagerstown, Maryland, to see how a reed works and what reconditioning means.

We saw a new console that is under construction for Covenant Presbyterian Church. It was finished with its six coats of varnish, laying on its back to receive its electronic control system. This allowed us to observe George’s original engineering, to see the true size of a console, and to look at a solid state system. We discussed the size/design of the main casework for the swell and for the great divisions. We were able to get an idea of the size of the Positive unit and saw what other options there may be for our decisions such as types of wood for the console, the bench, and the casework in the gallery.