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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AGO Salary Guide

Important announcement for Job Seekers:  Effective April 12, 2011, only current AGO voting members in good standing wll be able to access the National AGO's job listings. Members will be directed to a login screen where they will be required to enter their Username (first initial of first name and last name, such as jsmith for John Smith) and password (AGO ID number) as they appear on their TAO label in order to see the listings on the AGO job board. If you have questions about your Username or ID number, please contact AGO National Headquarters, 212-870-2310, or email info@agohq.org.

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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.

Director of Music
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a large and friendly congregation that appreciates music is seeking a
new director of music. The ideal candidate should be an accomplished organist and choir director;
however, a split position with separate choral director and organist will be considered depending upon the
strengths of the candidate(s). Applicants who are well-versed as choral directors, but not organists are
encouraged to apply; likewise, those who are exclusively organists. Candidates will be familiar with the
Episcopal Liturgy and be knowledgeable of traditional Anglican anthems, chant, and occasional renewal
hymns. The candidate will work well with people and in conjunction with the rector, plan music for two
Sunday services, Holy Week and Easter, Easter Vigil, Lessons and Carols (or similar), Christmas Eve,
Feast Days, etc. Weddings and funerals are for extra compensation and the organist has first right of
refusal. The resplendent acoustic of the church building makes it an ideal location for music. The facility
includes a well-equipped choir room, an E.M. Skinner IV/53, a Steinway Grand in the Sanctuary, a Baldwin
Spinet in the choir room, a Schulmerich Carillon, and a 3-octave set of Schulmerich handbells. The Handbell
and Chancel Choirs meet weekly for rehearsal. The Children’s Choir sings for special occasions. There
are two Sunday services, 8:00 a.m. (organ only) and 10:00 a.m. (choir(s) and organ). Instrumentalists are
brought in during the year and at Christmas and Easter. Wednesday evenings provide time for a hymn
during Supper, Song and Prayer. Send résumé and references to Tidings@tampabay.rr.com. For more
information: Phone: 727-896-9641, Address: 1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg, FL33704; Web:
(July 1)

Bass/Baritone Section Leader (Part-time)
Plaza Presbyterian Church, 2304 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205 PH 704-376-8594; 
Contact: Susan Gindra (gindras@carolina.rr.com) PH 704-277-5167; Salary $50 per service, 1 Sunday service, 1 rehearsal, 3 extra services (Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday); Requirements: Experience in church choral ensemble, good sight reading skills. Position open immediately.  Additional information:  Vacation days are negotiable.  Rehearsals on Thursday evenings.  Occasional solo opportunities.  No weekday rehearsal mid-June to mid-August.  Small but very capable choir, traditional church music, supportive staff.
(July 1)

Organist/Accompanist (Part-Time) 
Epworth United Methodist Church, 1030 Burrage Road NE,Concord, NC 28025 
PH: 704-786-6183; www.epworthnc.com; FAX: 704-786-8103 Contact: SPRC, Attention: Kimberly; epworthsecretary@ctc.net; 10 hours per week; Salary $11,500-13,500; Vacation Days 4+; Sick Days 2; Congregation Size 600+; 1 Weekly Service; 1 Weekly Rehearsal and 6 additional services
including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Cantata and
Christmas Eve; Additional Wedding Fee; Chancel Choir; Minimum 5 years of education/experience; 2-
manual Schantz pipe organ (1998) 17 ranks, 21 stops; Yearly contract. Position open immediately. Ability
to play in a variety of styles from classical, gospel, to contemporary.
(July 1)

Music Associate (Part-Time) 
Davidson College Presbyterian Church, PO Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036. 
www.dcpc.org Seeking an associate organist/conductor for a large, multi-faceted music
program. Excellent organ skills are needed to assist Director of Music with some services and accompany
anthems. The Associate will direct the youth music program which currently includes a middle school choir
and a high school guitar/vocal group, and the intermediate adult handbell group. Directing the Primary choir,
grades 1-2, is also desirable. This 1300 member church, located on the Davidson College campus close to
Charlotte, NC, enjoys a wide range of music, rooted in the classical tradition, and sponsors an annual organ
recital series. There are two pipe organs, a 3-manual Wicks and a 1-manual Ott. The church uses the new
Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God. Responsibilities: Assist Director of Music with organ playing, Substitute
when Director of Music is away; Play for occasional funerals and weddings, Accompany Chancel or other
choirs when needed; Play for one Christmas Eve and one Holy Week service; Direct choirs; Direct youth
music program and integrate with youth fellowship activities; Direct Alleluia Ringers, adult handbell group;
Direct Primary Choir, grades 1-2. B.Mus. or Master’s Degree preferred. Applications will be reviewed
beginning June 30, 2014; position commences August 15, 2014 Send cover letter and CV to Jane Cain,
Director of Music, jcain@dcpc.org.
(July 1)

Organist for English Services (Part-Time, 10-15 hours per week) 
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 725 Deese Street, Monroe, NC 28112 PH: 704-289-2773;
Website: ollourdesmonroe@charlottediocese.org; Fax 704-283-7210; Contact Person Fr. Benjamin
Roberts, baroberts@charlottediocese.org Salary: Negotiable; Congregation Size 1200; Weekly Services 2;
1 Rehearsal; 12 Extra Services, including 2 Christmas Eve, 1 Christmas Day, 1 New Year’s Day, 1 Good
Friday, 1 First Communion, 1 Confirmation, 4-5 additional Holy Days throughout the year; Additional
Wedding Fee; Minimum 5 years education and experience; 2 manual Rodgers Organ, 2011; No yearly
contract; Position open August 1, 2014; Additional Information: Ability to work well with the Pastor and choir
members, utilizing the rich tradition of sacred Catholic music. Ability to assist choir to rehearse hymns and
Mass Propers; must sign the Code of Ethics Policy of the Diocese of Charlotte.
(July 1)

Organist (Part-Time) 
First Baptist Church, 300 South Main Street, Mt Holly, NC PH 704-827-4525;
www.fbcmountholly.org; Fax 704-460-4626; Contact Person: Brian Childers (BrianChilders1@gmail.com);
Position requires 25 hours per week with 4 vacation days, 1 weekly service, and 4 rehearsals; Maundy
Thursday, Christmas Eve, Easter Sunrise, Special Christmas Concert; Additional wedding fee; 4 ensembles
(Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choir, Gospel Group (Negotiable); Church membership is 300;
Bachelor’s Degree in music minimum; Master’s degree preferred. 2 manual Möller Organ built in 1963.
No yearly contract. Position open August 2014. First Baptist Church of Mt. Holly is a musically active church
with many opportunities for the discerning musician. Our choir has performed Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi
and Rutter Glorias, and Requiems of Rutter, Mozart, and Fauré in recent years. We are distinctly Baptist
but follow the Liturgical calendar. Our church music ministry has 3 children's choirs, a youth, adult, and
senior adult choir, 2 children's bell choirs, 2 youth bell choirs, an adult bell choir and a church orchestra.
Additional information: First Baptist Church members value strong congregational singing and solidly
constructed choral anthems. These are the backbone of our worship music. We use piano and organ in
our services (Kawai grand piano) and have volunteer musicians who assist with piano on congregational
hymns. Our adult choir does two weekend retreats each year, one at home and one away. Our youth choir
has an annual summer choir tour. Participation in these opportunities is expected of our church organist
and is factored into the annual salary. FBC is in search of a gifted musician with a passion for serving
(July 1)

Music Director/Organist-Choirmaster (Part-Time, 12-15 hours per week) 
St. John's Lutheran Church, 740 N. Center Street, Statesville, NC 28677 PH 704-873-0222
www.stjohnsstatesville.org; Contact Person: Patti Horinka (Designprinters@att.net); 3 vacation days, Congregation Size is 240; 2 ensembles (Adult Chancel Choir, Adult Carillon Bell Choir); 1 weekly service, 2 rehearsals, 9 extra services including Lenten, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, Christmas Eve; Additional Wedding Fee; Position requires BA, experience in Lutheran liturgy and conducting from the console; Organ: 3-manual Schantz (1979, 28 ranks); Yearly contract; Position open September 14, 2014.); 3 vacation days, Congregation Size is 240; 2 ensembles (Adult Chancel Choir, Adult Carillon Bell Choir); 1 weekly service, 2 rehearsals, 9 extra services including Lenten, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, Christmas Eve; Additional Wedding Fee; Position requires BA, experience in Lutheran liturgy and conducting from the console; Organ: 3-manual Schantz (1979, 28 ranks); Yearly contract; Position open September 14, 2014.
(July 1)