Music at St. John’s

StJohns 40Joseph Z. Pettit

Joe Pettit is an alumnus of Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied organ and church music. He continued his studies at the Academy of Ancient Music in Amsterdam. Joe has led a varied career as organist, conductor, singer and early music specialist throughout Western Europe and the USA. He has performed, recorded and broadcast with many of the world’s finest early music ensembles, including La Petite Bande, La Chapelle Royale de Paris, and Collegium Vocale Gent. He also spent three years in the Netherlands Broadcasting Choir, Europe’s largest full time professional choir. He debuted at De Nederlandse Opera in 1992 under conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. Joe has served on the music faculties of the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Andrew’s Priory, and PLU. He appeared regularly as harpsichordist and organist with the Honolulu Symphony and has also played organ with the Seattle Symphony. As a church musician, he has worked mainly in the Episcopal and Lutheran liturgical traditions.
David danced and sang before God when he captured the holy city of Jerusalem so many centuries ago, and today, we as a parish lift up our voices in praise of God every Sunday. But just as David was not afraid to talk to God through song no matter what his mood, our music is not a whitewashed tableau but an honest appraisal of the Christian journey. We bring our sorrows, our joys, our hopes, our fears, our doubt, and our undoubting praise to church with us, and we lay all our emotions at God’s feet through song.

Together with the clergy and congregation, St. John’s Choir sings in worship every Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00, and also meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings to prepare for worship. In addition to adults, the choir welcomes children and teens with school music experience. Please contact Joe Pettit at if you are interested in participating in the musical life of the parish.
St. John’s Episcopal Church maintains a Choral Scholars program modeled on English university and cathedral tradition. Qualified young musicians studying at area universities are offered what is essentially an apprenticeship in practical church music, working not only as section leaders in St. John’s Choir, but also as occasional soloists. They gain experience in Anglican and Gregorian chant, as well as exposure to a large body of hymnody, mass settings, and choral works. Throughout the year the Choral Scholars will occasionally undertake a sung mass or other special liturgy by themselves.

2015-2016 Choral Scholars
Jordan Bowles, baritone
Additional positions being filled in the new calendar year

StJohns 412014-2015 Choral Scholars

Anikka Abbott, soprano
Emily Stenson, mezzo
Steven Arends, tenor (Not pictured)

The professional music staff at St. John’s can provide music for weddings, funerals, and other important life events. Please contact the office at to schedule your event; the clergy and staff will gladly assist you with planning.