Jill Schneider


  • Telling the Story with Music: A Musician’s Guide to the Narrative Lectionary
    808 Howell St
    July 6 @ 9:00 am
    Come discover fresh insights on planning worship and music, centered around the compelling stories in the Bible.  In this session, a brief introduction to the narrative lectionary will be used as a springboard for sharing thematic considerations, planning strategies and congregation-tested musical examples that bring faith narratives to life. The narrative lectionary began in 2010, designed by two professors from Luther Seminary, Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester.  Since that time, many congregations from different denominations have organized their worship life around this four-year model. Presenters will discuss and demonstrate “what’s new and fresh” in this alternative lectionary, how to maintain a New Testament lens while focusing on Old Testament stories, and how to involve the congregation and choir with inspiring hymns and anthems.  

Jill Schneider

Jill Schneider recently retired from her position as Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord and Piano at Washington State University. Dr. Schneider completed degrees in Organ Performance and Music Education in 1986 at the University of Colorado where her organ studies were directed by Don Vollstedt and Sandra Soderlund. She earned a Master of Music Education in 1991 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance in 1995, both from the University of Georgia. She studied organ and harpsichord with Egbert Ennulat, a former student of Helmut Walcha and Ralph Kirkpatrick. She moved to Pullman Washington in 1999 and joined the music faculty at WSU in 2000, where she taught organ, piano, harpsichord, music education, class piano and music history. She has performed in faculty recitals, the President’s State of the University Address and the Faculty Artist Series.  Regionally, she has performed at the Idaho Bach Festival, at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, and as a guest organist with the Palouse Chorale Society.  

Dr. Schneider has served as an adjudicator for organ and piano in both Michigan and Washington.  She maintains an active piano studio in Pullman and is a nationally certified teacher of piano and organ through the MTNA.  She has been a church organist for 40 years and has served in Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.  She is currently the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman, Washington. She continues to enjoy accompanying and performing with friends at Washington State University, at Trinity Lutheran and in the community.