Zachary Hemenway, Director of Music

Zachary Hemenway

Zach began his work as Director of Music at Epiphany on July 1, 2018. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, PA, where he  lead an active and highly regarded choral program for adults and youth. During his tenure at Saint Paul’s, the choral program grew from 35 to 80 participants, ages 9-80, earning a reputation for excellence and serving as a model for an intergenerational parish choir program. Saint Paul’s choirs have sung in residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City (2010) and the Washington National Cathedral (2014). They were a featured choir at the National Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians (2009) and at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia (2015). In the summer of 2017, Zach led the choir in a pilgrimage to London, singing services at Saint Martin in the Fields and serving a week-long residency at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Zach is active as a choral clinician and has also served on staff of several Royal School of Church Music summer courses.

As an organ recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Zach received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying with David Higgs. Upon completing his undergraduate study, he entered the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he earned his Master of Music degree in organ with Thomas Murray. Throughout his time at both Eastman and Yale, Zach also studied improvisation extensively with Dr. William Porter and Jeffrey Brillhart. Prior to his appointment at Saint Paul’s, Zach served as Director of Music at Christ Church in Guilford, CT, and at the Episcopal Church at Yale. Other positions held include those at Christ Church, Rochester, NY, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, MO, and Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Saint Louis, MO.

Contact Zach

  • Joining the choir
  • Organs and pianos
  • Epiphany Seattle Music Guild