Open Position: Organist

Who we are

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is a vibrant ELCA congregation with a thriving music ministry integral to its overall mission. We value creative, liturgical worship which incorporates a wide variety of musical genres. Well over 100 people participate in musical activities and leadership of worship music regularly. Phinney Ridge is a congregation that loves and values its musicians.

What we need

A gifted and creative organist who will provide musical leadership for worship, and accompany the Chancel Choir (adult), Children’s Choir (K-6) and Youth Choir (7-12) in worship and rehearsals.

What you will play

Our worship space has excellent acoustics with a fine organ and a Baldwin Grand Piano. The organ is a two manual and pedal instrument with mechanical action and electric stop action. It was built and installed by the Schlicker Organ Company in 1973. It was completed and rebuilt by Martin Pasi in 1992 and has twenty two stops.

Who you are

  • A Christian who can encourage others in their faith through music leadership
  • Highly skilled and confident musician
  • A creative player of hymnody who leads and inspires a robust, singing congregation
  • Adept at improvisation
  • Well grounded in the patterns of Christian liturgy
  • Curious musician who appreciates, values and incorporates a wide variety of musical genres
  • Collaborative team member of Church Staff
  • Highly organized professional

What you will do

  • Select and provide organ/piano music appropriate to the liturgical season for all regular worship services
  • Lead congregational song for all worship services
  • Accompany Children’s, Youth and Chancel Choirs in rehearsal and worship. Gospel Choir accompanist responsibilities are open, commensurate with interest and experience
  • Rehearse and accompany small ensembles and soloists. Coordinate music for summer worship when choirs are not active
  • Schedule, rehearse and conduct instrumentalists for worship
  • Value the musical gifts that church members bring; nurture and mentor musicians at all skill levels
  • Meet with pastors and music staff for worship planning
  • Maintain organ and pianos and schedule maintenance as needed

Education and Work Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, church music, or other related degree and experience
Minimum 3 years experience leading liturgical worship with organ
Minimum 3 years experience accompanying musical ensembles on keyboard

Numbers and Benefits

Salaried position 25-28 hours / week
Salary range is negotiable commensurate with experience and skill level
2 weekly Sunday morning worship services
3 weekly Wednesday rehearsals September through May
Right of first refusal for weddings and funerals at PRLC
Continuing education stipend
4 PTO Sundays (Vacation / Sick)
Cafeteria Medical Plan available to set aside pre-tax money

Please send cover letter and resume to prlcorganistsearch@gmail.com

Music Performances in March

Bach “Suites for Solo Cello” Marathon

March 17, 2018, 10am-2:30pm

The Seattle Violoncello Society is pleased to announce its 30th annual Bach Suite Marathon.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed 6 Suites for Solo Cello. Twenty of the Pacific Northwest’s best cellists will take turns performing movements from the Suites. We are so blessed to be able to hold this performance at Phinney Ridge Lutheran! It is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Come for all or any part of this fun event!

 

Mirinesse Women’s Choir in Concert

Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

Everyone is invited to “Spark! To Music”, the upcoming concert of Mirinesse Women’s Choir, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm here at Phinney.  Featuring composers from Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann to Eric William Barnum, Joan Szymko and Kim André Arnesen, this year’s concert program praises music and the ways in which music connects us as a community, soothes us in our sorrow, inspires us to act, and transports us to a higher plane.  Now in its 12th year, Mirinesse continues to thrill and entertain audiences throughout the Puget Sound region with engaging repertoire and gorgeous sound.  For details on other concert dates, times and locations, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit their website .

 

Northwest Chamber Chorus Concerts

Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm.

Join Music Director Mark Kloepper and the Northwest Chamber Chorus as they continue their 50th Anniversary Season with music about life’s sorrows and redemptive joys. The program includes a great variety, from works by Schütz, Monteverdi, Elder and others, to spirituals and gospel songs.

Tickets are available at northwestchamberchorus.org or 206-523-1196.

 

 

Bach “Suites for Solo Cello” Marathon March 17, 2018

The Seattle Violoncello Society is pleased to announce its 30th annual Bach Suite Marathon.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed 6 Suites for Solo Cello. Twenty of the Pacific Northwest’s best cellists take turns performing movements from the Suites. We are so blessed to be able to hold this performance at Phinney Ridge Lutheran! It is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Come for all or any part of this fun event! We hope to see you Saturday, March 17, 10-2:00.

 

“Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today and Forever” with the National Lutheran Choir

The National Lutheran Choir leads an evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the National Lutheran Choir, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the congregation, will celebrate the rich treasury of music – from early hymns to new works – expressing the journey of the Church. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. More information at NLCA.com.

Friday, September 29, 2017 – 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102
Info at: www.saintmarks.org

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 7:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
Tickets & info: www.oregonsynod.org/500

Would you just love to sing with this group on 29 September?

Great!  Just such an opportunity is open to the first 150 singers who sign up.  There will be three anthems and a few hymn descants to learn ahead of time by attending at least one of the following prep rehearsals, both held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle:

Tuesday, 19 September, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, 24 September, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Music will be distributed at the rehearsals.  There will also be a rehearsal with NLC the night of the concert at St. Mark’s, 5:45 p.m.

To sing, you must sign up – take a minute to do it now – by responding with your name, congregation, and voice part via e-mail at Sept29Singer@gmail.com.  Your gift of song is a cherished gift.

 

Job Opportunity: Gospel Choir Piano Accompanist

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is seeking a Piano Accompanist for the Gospel Choir for Wednesday rehearsals at 6:30-7:25pm and Sunday morning worship at 8:30 AM.

The choir sings on Sunday about once a month and rehearses every Wednesday. The accompanist plays the 2 Wednesdays prior to the Sunday the choir sings. Reading music is required.

Inquiries should be directed to Diane Figaro at 206-271-5117 or dfigaro123@comcast.net.

Celebrating Martin Luther: A Concert for Everyone

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 pm
Here at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Celebrating Luther concert logo

Reformation QuincentenaryThis concert is part of our year-long celebration the 500th anniversary of the reformation. There will be hymns and songs and anthems with the Phinney choirs and the congregation, and the Midrash Players will take us right into the Diet of Worms where Martin Luther took his famous stand against the powers of his day. Mark your calendars now and invite your friends and neighbors. This is a concert for everyone!

Admission: Free!

Freewill offering will benefit Lutheran Community Services.

Celebrating Martin Luther Concert flier [pdf]

New Director of the Gospel Choir and Youth Choir Director

figaro-dianeWelcome to Diane Figaro!

I am thrilled to serve at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church as Gospel Choir Director and Youth Choir Director! This is such a wonderful opportunity to work with singers in a very powerful way, as our choirs enliven worship and bring healing to the congregation and the community. Here is a description of my background. See you at rehearsal and worship soon! ~ Diane Figaro

Diane Figaro was raised in the small, mid-western college town of Elsah, Illinois. She has a B.A. in Music from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with an emphasis in Piano Performance and a Minor in Education; an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington; and a PhD in Musicology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  As a part of her graduate work, she conducted field work in Tampere, Finland — supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant — and Santiago, Chile.

Diane has lived in Seattle a total of 22 years, where she has spent much of her time performing and directing church choirs. For many years, she worked as staff accompanist for Seattle University Choirs, was very active in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and sang with The Sound of the Northwest (Negro Spirituals Choir). Over the past 12 years she has served as Choir Director for adults and children at St. Benedict, St. Catherine, and Sacred Heart Parishes in the Seattle area and First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.

Diane is fortunate to be in a family that eats and breathes music. She is married to Rodney Figaro, whom she met singing in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and they have a daughter, Sarah, who is studying and performing voice. The Figaro family lives in Lynnwood.

 

Pacific Lutheran University Concerts

Ring in the season with a Christmas celebration that is sure to warm the heart and lift your holiday spirit! Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Choir of the West, University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach’s advent cantata “Wachet Auf” (Wake, awake!). The program will also include one of Robert Russell Bennett’s beloved carol medleys, “The Many Moods of Christmas,” and traditional Christmas favorites and festive carols sung by the audience. Join us, In Sweet Rejoicing!

Saturday, December 3, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Sunday, December 4, at 3pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Monday, December 5, at 7:30pm – Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Friday, December 9, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Saturday, December 10, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU

 

An Evening of Music

evening-of-musicOn Friday night October 7th, 2016 Dan White, baritone and Linnea Olson, soprano will present “An Evening of Music” at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.

They will be singing a variety of classical, opera, and theatre music with works by Purcell, Mozart, Grieg, Faure, A.L. Webber, Gilbert & Sullivan, and more.

Dan and Linnea will also be joined by some featured guests! Martin Olson will be including a selection of Nordic organ music with works by Grieg, Buxtehude, and Sobage. Phyllis Olson will also be joining all of them on flute.

In addition, the women’s and men’s choruses from the Swedish Singers of Seattle will be featuring a variety of Swedish choral music.

If you’re free, please join us at 7:30PM on October 7th at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church – 7500 Greenwood Ave N. Admission is by Free Will Offering!

 

In Concert This Month

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7 pm

Lutheran Summer Music Benefit Concert

We invite you to a very special youth concert in the sanctuary on Sunday evening, June 5 at 7 pm This concert will be a fundraising event for the PRLC members who will be attending Lutheran Summer Music, a month long music academy in Decorah, Iowa.

Entry is by donation only, and all proceeds go to benefit tuition for the youth attending Lutheran Summer Music this summer. We have a lot of musical talent here at Phinney — this is your chance to hear some of it showcased!

 

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3 pm

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Northwest Chamber Chorus

“I have had pleasure enough; I have had singing.” Join the Northwest Chamber Chorus  in June as they celebrate the tenth year of their musical journey with director Mark Kloepper. Mark has selected his personal favorites from their concerts of the past decade. To name a few: JS Bach motet Der Geist hilft unserer Schwachheit auf, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, spirituals My Soul’s been Anchored in the Lord and the rousing Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, two of Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes, and Home on the Range with harmonica solo by blues artist Jay Mabin.

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7 pm

Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus is holding a special fundraising concert for the school it sponsors in Haiti. The chorus, whose motto is to “sing locally and act globally,” has raised thousands of dollars to benefit Lekol Pa Nou (“Our School” in Haitian Creole) since its first benefit concert in 2004.

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2pm and 7 pm

At the Shorewood Performing Arts Center

17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA

Seattle SeaChordsmen

Seattle’s (and Phinney’s) favorite barbershop singers present Disney Noir: An Original Barbershop Musical.