Liturgical Choir Accompanist

Applications are now being accepted for the position of piano accompanist for the Marquette University Liturgical Choir. A $4,000 stipend will be awarded to a Marquette undergraduate or graduate student exhibiting strong piano and improvisational skills, sight-reading ability and a proficient level of choral score reading ability. The position may be renewed on a yearly basis.

Qualifications Required:

  • Current Marquette undergraduate or graduate student
  • 3.0 minimum grade point average
  • Extensive piano background required (seven to ten years of study)
  • High level of piano and choral score sight reading ability
  • Improvisational skills and working knowledge of fundamental music theory
  • Experience playing for Catholic liturgies (preferred but not required)
  • Commitment to attendance at weekly rehearsals and liturgies

Audition and Interview

Applicants will be contacted about scheduling an audition time upon receipt of the completed application. The audition will consist of the following:

  • Prepare and play two contrasting pieces from classical piano repertoire
  • Sight-read a choral score and hymns / songs of contrasting styles
  • Improvise on a liturgical song given only the chords and melody line

Job Description

Serve as accompanist for the following:

  • Weekly 6 p.m. Sunday Mass at the Church of the Gesu with pre-Mass warmup
  • Wednesday evening choir rehearsal from 5-7 p.m.
  • All-University Liturgies and rehearsals for these liturgies, including:
    • Mass of the Holy Spirit (last Sunday in August)
    • Family Weekend (First Sunday in October)
    • Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday
    • Baccalaureate Mass (Saturday in mid-May)
    • Liturgical Choir Fall and Spring concerts
    • Other special liturgies as needed

To apply for this position, complete the web form.

For more information regarding the availability of the position, contact Tom Koester, Director of Music in Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-3695 or via email.