darlene james

choir director & organist

860-67-8095 ext. 17 I music@stjohnsessex.org

Darlene has been an organist/music director in Episcopal churches for 37 years, 28 of those years at St. John’s, which means she is the longest-serving member of St. John’s staff. She and her late husband, Roger James, joined St. John’s in 1987 with their two sons, Denman and Reade. Both sons were acolytes and married at St John’s. (Reade is married to our former Associate Rector, Molly). She also fills in at churches in the Wallingford area.

A member of the Hartford and New London AGO (American Guild of Organists) and the Hymn Society (Boston, MA). She began studying organ in New York with Dr. Grady Wilson, continued for many years with Duncan Phyfe and most recently studied with Dr. Mark Brombaugh. She also studied harpsichord with Linda Skernick. She has attended music classes at Westminster Choir College, CCSU, and various summer seminar programs. Darlene has a BFA from Pratt Institute and also works in the Wallingford Public Library at the desk and does artwork and displays for their children’s department. She is an accomplished painter and did the painting of the church that is used in the E-news, church directory and notecards.