ChoirSt. James has a long history of superior music programming. Our current programs are listed below. For information on any of our music ministries or community partner music programs, e-mail Joe Rivers, Director of Music, or call (513) 661-1154 ext. 3.


The St. James Chancel Choir provides musical leadership for our weekly 10:00 a.m. worship services. We enjoy performing pieces in a variety of styles such as Chant, Plainsong, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Jazz, Spirituals, and World Music. The choir rehearses weekly at 8:45AM on Sunday mornings. Outside of rehearsal, the choir enjoys frequent social outings and seasonal parties. All are welcome, and no previous choral experience is required!

Contact: Joe Rivers, (513) 661-1154 ext. 3,

The Music Ministry Commission is a group of individuals dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the growing music ministries of St. James Episcopal Church. The group meets monthly to provide support for ongoing programs and assist the Director of Music in the planning and execution of new events. All are welcome to serve, both young and old.

 Contact: Bruce Knapp

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GET READY FOR OUR 2016 CAMP! July 18th-23rd!

Welcome to the Richard Wesp Memorial Summer Music Camp information page!

The Richard Wesp Memorial Summer Music Camp is a weeklong program devoted to private musical study and fellowship. This camp is designed for children between the ages of 8 and 14 who wish to continue their musical education over the summer. Students of all abilities are welcome! Myself and the other faculty members will adapt our instruction to help the students grow even if they have had very little experience with music.

Students will choose between piano, voice, or guitar to serve as their primary instrument of study and have one-on-one instruction with a highly qualified teacher. Students will also participate in group lessons with other campers on another instrument of their choosing (piano, voice, or guitar). Along side their musical instruction, there will be structured activities to include guided fellowship and social activities for the children to get to know each other and develop meaningful friendships.


Frequently Asked Questions

When, where, and how long will the camp be? – The camp will take place in July of 2016 at St. James Episcopal Church – Westwood (3207 Montana Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45255). The camp will start at 10:00AM and finish at 3:00PM Monday through Friday. On Saturday family and friends are invited to recital at 1:00PM where the students will perform and show what they have been working on all week. A meal will follow the recital to conclude the camp.

How much does this experience cost? – This experience is valued at over $350, but only costs $125 per child. If financial aid is sought, please include a letter with detailed, specific reasons for the need with your registration.

Does my child need to pack their lunch? – No, St. James will be providing lunch for the children Monday through Friday and a meal after their recital Saturday afternoon.

Does my child need to provide music? – No, the private instructors will be providing all of the music the students will be learning through out the week.

What is the student to teacher ratio? – The student to teacher ratio is less than 4:1. Maximum of 24 students with 7 supervising adults present at all times.


If you have more questions or need a more detailed response, please email Joseph Rivers,

the Camp Director and Director of Music at St. James directly:

Registration Form 2016

Online Registration

Listen to recordings of our chancel choir, soloists and special musical events.

Jam-uary: An annual bluegrass jam session

This wildly popular event happens only once a year! Every corner in St. James is filled with bluegrass musicians joining together, many for the first time with each other, to play well known and beloved bluegrass standards. You provide the instrument and we’ll provide the refreshments as you move through the church from one group to another.
Contact: John Murray