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St. John the Baptist Episcopal Seeks Interim Pianist

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Seeks Interim Pianist

St. John the Baptist Episcopal, West Seattle is seeking an accomplished pianist to serve as Interim Pianist for up to 12 months.

Primarily using the grand piano, it is our hope that an Interim Pianist will play a vital role in the worship experience of the congregational singing at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service. The music at this service is a blend of traditional and contemporary, mostly drawing from the Episcopal 1982 Hymnal. 

We also have a three stop mechanical action organ, one manual and pedal owned by the AGO and stored at St. John’s. This small organ is also available to be played during this time.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead musical expression of worship during a time of transition while the future direction of music at St. John’s is being collaboratively explored. 
  • Partner with the Rector to plan and coordinate the overall music schedule for the liturgical year and select all service music.
  • Offer high-quality (piano) music at all principal services of the church including, but not limited to; Sunday 10:15 a.m. worship services, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter. Additional compensation provided for weddings and funerals.
    Plan, schedule and lead rehearsals for an occasional choral anthem (Easter and Pentecost)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Rector.
  • Provide music program details electronically for preparation of service bulletins.
  • Hire professional musicians within the parameters of the parish music budget.
  • Secure substitute musicians during the absence of the Interim Pianist.
  • Manage the care, maintenance and tuning of St. John’s pianos.


Preferred Education and Professional Experience:

  • Education – Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music  
  • Proficiency playing the piano
  • Experience in the liturgical tradition


Instruments used in Liturgy at St. John’s:

  • Nave piano: Kawai 7’ grand
  • Parish Hall piano: Everett studio upright
  • Choir Room piano: Kawai 502S studio upright
  • Handbells: Malmark, 44 bells, C4–G7
  • Percussion: claves, finger cymbals, maracas, tambourine, triangle, 2 frame drums
  • Organ owned by AGO Seattle and currently stored at St. John’s: Positive organ: 1999 Marceau, I/P, 3 stops, 3 ranks

The Interim Pianist position is part-time (6-8 hours a week). Compensation is based on experience. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to the Rev. Kate E. Wesch at revwesch@sjbwestseattle.org




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