John Van Maanen has been a member of Arcady since its founding and often sings as a baritone soloist in performances of Handel's Messiah. He sings in the choir of his home congregation and sometimes serves as a substitute organist in local churches.
John’s first hymn tune, (Christus) Paradox (1984), is in three Canadian denominational hymnals: Voices United (1996), The Book of Praise (1997) and Common Praise (1998). Common Praise (1998) also has his tune, Phos Hilaron, written in 1990.
John’s arrangement of the hymn Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence was published by Oxford University Press in 2007. He continues to enjoy composing: most of his works are for choir with organ accompaniment.
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