Organist/Choirmaster Needed – St. John’s Episcopal Church

Posted on 30.04.2021 by Darden

Position Vacancy Announcement – Deadline to apply: May 28, 2021

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Georgetown 3820 O St. NW Washington, DC 20007

St. John’s Georgetown Organist/Choirmaster Position


St. John’s – Georgetown is an historic parish with strong ties to our community and a rich musical history. We are an inclusive and welcoming parish. As noted on our webpage, our hope is to be Jesus Christ in the community – through engagement, direct contact, and personal relationships.

The Organist/Choirmaster position is part-time, salaried with benefits, and under the direct supervision of the Rector. The expected time commitment will average 24 hours per week. (S)he will oversee a music program consisting of a parish choir comprised of eight paid section leaders and an equal or greater number of skilled volunteers. The congregation also sings enthusiastically in our acoustically live nave. We will resume inside Sunday services beginning June 6th, with a weekly Sunday service at 10:00am. Before the Covid-19 pandemic we transitioned in September to two Sunday morning services, 9:00am and 11:00am, for the academic year. Other services may include a Lessons and Carols service, Christmas and Easter services, Good Friday service, an Evensong service, and Lenten Compline services.

The Director will oversee the maintenance and care for the instruments of the parish that include a three-manual, 39 rank, 2012 Casavant Frères pipe organ and two grand pianos. Additionally, the Organist/Choirmaster will manage the Georgetown Concert Series consisting of 4-5 events per year.

Compensation: approximately $45,000, plus medical/dental benefits and pension.

Applicants should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) or equivalent experience. Each candidate must demonstrate skill in playing and choral conducting. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing, with persons in all age groups is essential. Strong administrative and organizational skills are required to lead this extensive music ministry effectively.

All interested applicants are asked to submit the following information electronically by May 28, 2021, to

• a letter of application addressed to The Rev. Gini Gerbasi, Rector

• a current resume

• a time-stamped video showing the applicant playing three recent examples of organ preludes and postludes, representing different musical styles and periods

• a video illustrating the applicant’s choral conducting skill

• contact information for three professional references

Covid-19 precautions: Initial communications and interviews will be completed virtually. Masks are to be worn at all times inside the building and on the property. Questions may be directed to: Kurt Ellison, Director of Operations at 202-338-1796 or

A longer position description is posted here.