Coeur d'Alene, ID


St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church


St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Principal Organist Position
Available Summer of 2022

Mass: 8:00AM & 10:00AM Sundays
Mass: 5:00PM (“Choral Mass” on First Sunday of the month)
Mass: 5:00PM Saturday “Anticipatory Mass” (optional)

Rehearsals: Wednesdays: 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Accompany Cantor and/or small vocal ensembles as assigned (Funerals, Weddings)

Feast Days, Holy Days, Solemnities
Wedding Rites or Nuptial Mass ($250 stipend)
Funeral Mass ($225 stipend)
Sacred Music Concert Series (additional rehearsals/concerts: hourly rate)

$50 per hour
7-10 hours weekly

• One major organ work by J.S. Bach
• One work of contrasting style (organist’s choice)
• Hymn (your choice) with introduction, two stanzas and final stanza with reharmonization
• Sight-reading, improvisation and Hymn transposition
• *BONUS: Ability to read open score (4 part polyphony)

Balcom and Vaughan Pipe Organs, Inc. (1992)
Originally Mudler-Hunter (1923)
Harpsichord (Zuckerman 2-Manual Flemish)

Pipe Organ Database | Balcom and Vaughan Pipe Organs, Inc. (1992) St. Thomas Catholic Church

Please Contact our new Director of Sacred Music, Matthew Loucks for questions and to schedule an practice and audition time.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Saint Thomas the Apostle | Coeur d'Alene, ID (

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
919 East Indiana Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Principal Organist, Part-Time

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

PURPOSE: To provide professional and high-quality performance on the Pipe Organ and Accompaniment in support of parish liturgical celebrations including Sunday Liturgies, Solemnities, Feast Days, Funeral and Nuptial Masses as well as Concerts and other events as assigned.

EDUCATIONS, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Ability to perform consistently at a professional level and possess a working knowledge of Roman Catholic Liturgical Celebrations. Be able to communicate well and in a friendly manner with the Pastor, Vicar, Director of Sacred Music, Staff, Music Ministers, Parishioners as well as guests and visitors.


1. Provide high quality organ performance and support for liturgical celebrations within a variety of settings. Be able to function as Organist and Accompanist for various vocal ensembles, cantors, psalmists and instrumental ensembles for Parish Liturgies, Feast Days, Solemnities, rehearsals and liturgical events (as assigned).

2. Provide high quality performance and support for Funeral and Nuptial Masses and be permitted to receive additional compensation in the form of a payroll stipend (Funeral: $225, Nuptial Mass: $250)

3. Help facilitate congregational singing through the excellent execution and prayerful rendering of liturgical music by accompanying chant, polyphony, motets, anthems, hymns and concert repertoire.

4. Possess excellent sight-reading skills and demonstrate exceptional musical retention as well as sensitivity to appropriate liturgical music styles. Ability to occasionally transpose Hymns is a bonus.

5. Encourage the musical talents and participation of all music ministers, parishioners, instrumentalists, cantors/psalmists and any other musicians.

6. Be punctual to all liturgies, rehearsals and “call times” arriving prepared with music in proper order, etc...

7. Absences are to be requested in writing to the Music Director in a “timely” manner for approval.

9. The Principal Organist will receive compensation for two-three Liturgies and one rehearsal weekly.

10. The Principal Organist will fill out online time sheet (weekly) to be approved by the Director of Sacred Music.

11. The Principal Organist will receive periodic performance reviews by the Pastor and/or Director of
Sacred Music.

12. The Principal Organist will conduct themselves in a professional and business-like manner, treating co-workers, clergy, parishioners and others with respect. The Principal Organist should conduct themselves in a moral and ethical manner in the performance of their duties.

13. The Principal Organist will familiarize themselves with the Diocesan Handbook.

14. The Principal Organist will dress in a professional and appropriate manner reflecting the dignity of the human person and be willing to wear cassock and surplice for any and all liturgical celebrations and concerts.

For questions regarding human resources 


Charles Lawrence

(208) 350-7510 phone
(208) 342-2368 fax

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