Employment Opportunities

Welcome to Employment Opportunities,
FREE service of the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Employers are invited to post available positions for organists, choral directors, 
church and synagogue music directors.

Both part-time and full-time jobs are welcome.

Listings will be published for one (1) month both in our newsletter and on this website.
  Should you wish to publish for an additional month, you must notify 
Murray Somerville, Placement Coordinator, in order to have the position published again.

Employers, please submit the online form below or print & fill out the PDF form below.

Send completed paper versions by scan and email to Murray Somerville,
or send by mail to:  Murray Somerville, PO Box 668, York, SC  29745

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Disclaimer:  Inclusion of information in Employment Opportunities does not imply endorsement by the Charlotte Chapter AGO. Nor does the Chapter accept responsibility for the accuracy of material provided in these listings.  Salaries listed do not necessarily represent current compensation expectations of either the National AGO or the Charlotte Chapter.

Minister of Music (Part-Time)

First Baptist Church of Marshville
PO Box 667
Marshville NC 28103
Contact phone 704-282-7986, Stephanie Baumer, sbaumer@baumercpa.com
Congregation Size 100-125
Number of Weekly Services 1
Number of Rehearsals 1
Extra Serv List: Joint Community Lenten Service Christmas Eve, Hanging of the Green Service
Addtl Wedding Fee Yes
Addtl Funeral Fee No
Ensembles: Men's Quartet Mixed Quartet
Education Requirements Bachelor of Music degree preferred
Organ Type Electronic/Digital Organ
Open Date January 2016

Addtl Info: First Baptist Church of Marshville is seeking a Minister of Music who will oversee the Music Program that includes Children's Choir, Handbells, and the Church Choir, along with leading worship on Sunday mornings. Weekly rehearsals with the church choir (17) are held where appropriate anthems are rehearsed for Worship Services. A blended service of traditional music along with Praise choruses are suggested. Please email resume to sbaumer@baumercpa.com (11/23/15)

Pianist (Part-Time)
First Baptist Church of Marshville
PO Box 667
Marshville NC 28103
Phone 704-624-2710
Contact phone 704-282-7986, Stephanie Baumer, sbaumer@baumercpa.com
Congregation Size 100
Number of Weekly Services 1
Number of Rehearsals 1
Extras Services
Extra Serv List Lenten Services, Christmas Eve, Hanging of the Green Service
Addtl Wedding Fee Yes
Addtl Funeral Fee No
Ensembles: Men's Quartet, Mixed Quartet
Education Requirements: Bachelor of Music degree preferred
Open Date January 2016
Addtl Info The Accompanist would practice with the church choir weekly, provide music for funerals held at the church, accompany the ensembles, and play for special services.  (11/23/15)


Director of Music Ministries needed for this active, growing, vibrant downtown parish with a strong musical tradition. As an inclusive and diverse congregation in Durham, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church strives to be a church for all people. Our worship and music is rooted in the Anglican tradition, honors the diversity of our community, and promotes joyful participation by members and visitors.

Durham is a thriving city in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. With a population of approximately 2 million people, the Research Triangle is home to three major research universities and is a vibrant cultural center of the state. Durham is ideally situated in the state, roughly three hours' drive from the North Carolina mountains and a two hours' drive from the Atlantic coast beaches.

The Director/Organist will work closely with the Rector to further develop our ministry of music. This includes long-term music planning and preparation (Hymns, Anthems, Psalm arrangement, liturgical settings), rehearsing and cultivating the adult choir 10:00-10:45 on Sunday mornings, and Wednesday nights 7:30 to 9:00 PM, playing both the 9 am, and the 11am Choral Eucharist, and promoting congregational singing and engagement. He/She must be here for Holy Days (Christmas Eve, Holy Week and Easter), and has first refusal for weddings and funerals. He/She will also participate in quarterly Worship Committee meetings.

The Organ is a Goulding & Wood, Inc., Opus 11 (1987), with 42 total ranks, and 2,333 pipes. The Position is currently half-time position, with the potential to grow as the congregation grows. Base Salary $27,500. Work 19 hours per week. There are 4 paid Sundays off plus two personal or sick days. 

Mail, fax or email cover letter and resume with education, experience and references to the church by December 31st, 2015.

The Rev. M. Jonah Kendall
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
403 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-5708 (phone)
(9199) 683-1857 (fax)                                                                                                   (11/12)

Minister of Music (Part time)
Woodlawn Baptist Church, 4622 Nations Crossing Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
Church Phone: 704-523-5941
Website: www.woodlawnchurch.org
Contact Person: Connie Standridge
Contact Email: chstandridge@yahoo.com
Contact Phone: 704-975-4714
Salary: $18-24k
Congregation size: 150
1 weekly service, 1 rehearsal
Extra Services: Christmas and Palm Sunday
Open Date: January 1, 2016
Application date: immediately
Additional info: We have a traditional service. We have two choral programs with orchestra each year, one before Christmas and one on Palm Sunday (late afternoon services). Our choir consists of approximately 23 singers who are faithful in attendance. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM and Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM (10:45 AM Service). Please Email resume to chstandridge@yahoo.com.
(Oct 27)

Organist (Part time)
Christ's Lutheran Church, 203 South Main Street, Stanley, NC 28164
Church Phone: 704-263-2620; Website: celcstanley.com
Church Fax: 704-263-2621
Contact Person: Judy Abernathy
Contact email: j10abernathy@att.net
Contact phone: 704-263-8258
Hours per week: 6
Salary: negotiable based on experience 
Congregation Size: 150
1 Weekly Service; 1 Rehearsal
10 Extras Services: Lenten, Ash Wed., Good Fri., Easter, Christmas Eve
Additional Fee for Weddings and Funerals
1 Ensemble: Adult Choir
2 Manual W. Zimmer Pipe Organ (1972)
No Yearly Contract
Open Date: November1,2015
Application Date: Oct., 2015
(Oct 27)

Organist/Accompanist (Part time)
First United Methodist Church of Lenoir, 309 Church St NW, Lenoir, NC 28645
Church Phone: 828-754-4922; Website: www.fumc-lenoir.com
Contact Person: Tami Davis
Contact email: tdavis@fumc-lenoir.com
Contact phone 828-754-4922
Hours per week: 16
Salary: $12,000 - $14,000
Congregation Size: 780
2 Weekly Services; 1 Rehearsal
6 Extras Services: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve(x2), others as planned
Additional Fee for Weddings and Funerals
3 Manual, 26 rank A.E. Schlueter pipe organ/digital hybrid
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: 10/1/15
Application Date: 10/1/15
Additional Info:  
This is a part-time staff position, rehearsing with the chancel choir on Wednesday evenings, playing on Sunday mornings, and when possible, playing for special services. 

Here is a description of our organ: A.E. Schlueter pipe organ/digital hybrid instrument. 26 ranks of pipes and enough digital to make the equivalent of a 60 rank organ. It is a remake/addition of our original Wicks pipe organ and was updated, completed, and installed in 2004. Three manuals, full pedal board, 10 divisions under shutter expression with exposed Great division. Midi options and record/playback features. Numerous memory levels.
(Oct 27)

Director of Music (Full time)
Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Church Phone: 803-324-5296 Website: http://www.gracerockhill.com/
Church Fax: 803-324-5024
Contact Person: Rev. Christine Stoxen
Contact email: pastorstoxen@comporium.net
Contact phone: 803-324-5296
Hours per week: 40
Salary: $46,000
5 Continuing Education Days
14 Vacation Days 
Additional Benefits: health, retirement
Congregation Size: 550
2 Weekly Services; 3 Rehearsals
14 Extras Services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Advent, Lent, Christmas Eve
Additional Fee for Weddings; not Funerals
4 Ensembles: Grace Alone, Parish Choir, Handbells, Children
Education Requirements: Bachelors degree
2 Manual, 25 rank Steiner-Reck Pipe Organ (2001)
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: 04/01/2016
Additional Info: Grace Lutheran Church, Rock Hill, SC, is looking for an interim(s) to service as Choir Director and Organist while the call process is carried out. Grace has two worship services and two choirs; a 4/5 octave handbell choir; and a newly instituted graduated children's program. 

8:30 Blended service, led by Grace Alone (rehearsals Monday at 7:00PM), and accompanied by piano
11:00 Traditional service, led by Parish Choir (rehearsals Wednesday at 7:00PM) and accompanied by organ 
Grace Ringers (handbells, rehearsal Wednesday at 6:00PM) play once every four to six weeks
Children's Music - lead by two interns from Winthrop University under the direction of the Music Director 

Ideally, one person will serve in this position, however, leadership is open to splitting the position during the interim. 
(Oct 27)