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Lavon Drive Baptist Church

Pianist/Music Associate

Lavon Drive Baptist Church
Garland, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 06/02/2015
Categories: Music Ministry
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

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Lavon Drive Baptist Church is looking for a church pianist on the professional level. This job requires experience and high levels of skill in both Congregational Worship and Accompaniment. These two areas require the pianist to be proficient in both reading and improvisation. Experience as a church pianist is a must.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Sunday service pianist for 10:50am & 6:00pm worship services (each 75 minutes in length). Includes a Sunday morning sound check from 8:15 – 9:15am
  • Rehearsal pianist for choir rehearsals, Sundays from 4:15 – 5:45pm
  • 2 - 3 Saturday rehearsals annually in preparation for major productions
  • 4 weeknight evenings annually for Vacation Bible School
  • Average 7-10 hours/week, but negotiable to 16+ hours/week (see next bullet point)
  • Opportunity for additional responsibilities are negotiable and could include administration of Praise Kids (children’s worship arts program), arranging/composing, service planning, planning special events, directing small ensembles, etc.


  • A genuine love for God and relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A passion for worship and the role that music plays as an expression of corporate and individual worship

Skills needed: Congregational Worship

  • Be comfortable and have experience playing various congregational styles of music on a professional level: traditional, blended, contemporary
  • Be able to easily read and improvise from a lead sheet or chord chart
  • Be able to create a supportive congregational accompaniment from the hymnal vocal parts
  • Be able to create improvisatory underscores during sensitive portions of the service
  • Be able to modulate seamlessly between songs with different key signatures

Skills Needed: Accompaniment

  • Have strong accompaniment skills (as opposed to piano solo performance)
  • Be able to sight-read church anthem accompaniments
  • Be able to play vocal parts in rehearsal, as well as parts with light harmonic structure
  • Be able to run a choir rehearsal if the director is absent


Lavon Drive Baptist Church has a blended, piano-led, choir/orchestra driven style that seeks to present the best music across multiple genres and generations for the purpose of glorifying the Lord, broadening the artistic palate of the congregation, and providing diverse opportunities for believers to worship the Lord in the corporate setting of the Sunday church service. Two Sunday services are presented each week (10:50am & 6:00pm), and while each is unique in content, they are identical in style: choir and orchestra in both services presenting a combination of hymn arrangements, contemporary classics, and the latest praise and worship complemented with selections of Scripture readings, video, drama, solos, ensembles, and choral/orchestral anthems. The Music Ministry is comprised of a 50-voice adult choir, 20-piece orchestra, 80-member Praise Kids program (children’s worship arts, including singing, art, drama, technology and cooking), and 3-octave handbell ensemble, as well as numerous other small vocal and instrumental ensembles. Paid Music Staff include Music Pastor (Ryan Johnston), Music Associate (Heather Sorenson – outgoing pianist), Instrumental Director (Scott Copeland), and Music Assistant (Tranessa Weaver). The Music Ministry has hosted and performed alongside numerous special guests over the last decade, including David Phelps, Mark Lowry, Selah, Babbie Mason, Larnelle Harris, Greater Vision, and others. The choir has performed Mozart’s Requiem with a festival chorus at Carnegie Hall, and has produced two CDs (Because We Believe and Jesus, What a Savior).


For current repertoire, see our current Choir/Orchestra Rehearsal Podcast:

Listen to selections from our latest CD, Jesus, What a Savior (



Lavon Drive Baptist Church has served the Garland community and surrounding areas for over 50 years. Its 13-acre campus, 1,800-seat sanctuary, and numerous education and athletic facilities are home to the church’s many ministries as well as its K3-12th Grade Christian school, Garland Christian Academy. Additionally, the church operates a bus center just down the street which houses the ministry’s 26-bus fleet, utilized to bring hundreds of children and adults to church each Sunday. Lavon Drive supports nearly 100 missionaries and mission organizations worldwide, contributing nearly 1/3 of its operating budget toward local and global evangelism efforts.


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