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

Online Employment Advertisement Form

View/Print the Employment Advertisement Form 

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.

>> National AGO Positions Available <<

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.

Organist (Part time)
Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 8801 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28210
Church Phone: 704-554-5714
Website: www.qhpc.org
Contact Person: J.L. McDaniel-Milliken
Contact Phone: 803-984-3991
Contact Email: mcdanielj@winthrop.edu
Hours per week: 10
Salary: $13,634 minimum
Continuing Ed Days: Consideration upon request
Vacation Days: 4 weeks
Sick Days: Part of the Vacation days
Congregation Size: 225
1 weekly services; 2 rehearsals (Wed & Sun)
4 Extras Services Hanging of the Greens, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday 
Additional fee for Weddings and Funerals
1 Ensemble: Adult Choir
Educational Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Music or equivalent practical training
3 manual Allen Electronic/Digital Organ (1990)
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: May 24, 2015
Application Date: Until Filled
Additional Information: Our service is a traditional one with anthems from composers like Dan Forrest, K. Lee Scott, Carlton Young, etc. We perform Christmas and Easter/Lenten cantatas each year, one of which is a major choral work. Our choir most recently performed the 3rd part of Handel's Messiah on Easter. Our choir consists of around 25 singers, 4 of which are choral scholarship students from Winthrop. Rehearsals are 7 pm Wednesday nights and 9:45 am on Sunday mornings. The choir is usually off the month of July and there are no Wednesday rehearsals in June or July. While we perform serious music, the choir is a fun loving, laid back bunch that considers the meaning behind the music as important as the music itself. 
(Jun 8)

Organist (Part time)
Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, 501 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte NC 28204
Church Phone: 704-332-8131
Website: www.hlumc.org
Contact Person: Rev. Carrie Wright
Contact Phone: 704-332-8131
Contact Email: cwright@hlumc.org
Hours per week: 10
Salary: $12,000
Continuing Ed Days: 5
Vacation Days: 2 weeks
Congregation Size: 800
1 weekly service, no rehearsal
Extras Services: 4; Christmas (2), Ash Wednesday, Good Friday
Additional fee for Weddings and Funerals
Organ: 1959 Moller pipe organ playing from a 6 year old Rodgers console with added midi components. 7 Ranks of pipes, 45 stops, 2 manual 
Open Date 5/10/15
Additional Information: Hawthorne Lane UMC near Uptown Charlotte is a vibrant and growing congregation looking for a part time organist. We have one Sunday morning worship service @ 11:00am with a blend of ancient and new worship forms. We are looking for an organist well versed in excellent organ literature to lead us in the traditional/classical art as well as capable of bringing life to the hymns with arrangements, modulations, etc. Rehearsal with choir only as needed when doing big works such as Rutter, Bach, Handel. Organ: 1959 Moller pipe organ playing from a 6 year old Rodgers console with added midi components. 7 Ranks of pipes, 45 stops, 2 manual. Position is open immediately. Contact Rev. Carrie Wright, Associate Pastor/Minister of Worship Arts for more information. cwright@hlumc.org
(Jun 8)

Organist (Part time)
Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Blvd., Charlotte NC 28203
Church Phone: 704-333-4173
Website: www.dilworthchurch.org
Contact Person: Robert Pritchard (Director of Music Ministry)
Contact Phone: 704-516-3432
Contact Email: robertpritchard51@gmail.com
Hours per week: 15
Salary: $tbd
Congregation Size: 800
1 weekly service; 2 weekly rehearsals
4 extras services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Candlelight, Christmas Eve
Additional fee for Weddings and Funerals
1 Ensemble: Chancel Choir
Educational Requirements: BA in Organ Performance plus 5 years’ experience, or equivalent
2 manual Visser-Rowland Pipe Organ (1993)
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: Immediate
(Jun 8)

Director of Music (organist/pianist & choir director) (Part time)
Westminster United Methodist Church, 1001 Westminster Lane, Kinston NC 28501
Church Phone: 252-522-3334; Church Fax: 252-522-0143
Website: www.westminsterumc.net
Contact Person: Rev. Haywood A. Smith
Contact Email: westminsterumc@embarqmail.com
Contact Phone: 252-522-3334
Hours per week: 20 
Additional Wedding Fee: Yes
Educational Requirements: BA in Music or 10 years of experience
Organ Type Electronic/Digital Organ
Additional Information: 

Westminster United Methodist Church, (average weekly attendance 200-250) located in Kinston North Carolina, seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) experienced Director of Music Ministry to serve as the organist and pianist, and organize, direct, and implement its music ministries, including directing all choirs/groups (Chancel Choir, Praise Band, and Handbell Choir) in worship services. The Director shall report to the Senior Pastor and provide vision and leadership for the entire Westminster music program.

Other than the congregational hymns selected by the Senior Pastor, the Director shall select the music for all weekly worship services and special seasonal services and shall have a thorough knowledge of United Methodist worship services, sacred music, and all genres of Christian music. 

A Bachelor’s Degree in Music or 10 years of equivalent experience is required. 

Westminster offers competitive compensation for the Director. A complete application will include a cover letter and résumé. Please direct all inquiries to SPRC Search Committee and submit your application by one of the following methods: (fax): (252) 522-0143; (mail): P.O. Box 1007, Kinston, NC 28503; or (email): westminsterumc@embarqmail.com. 

Applications will be reviewed beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2015. For more information, including viewing the entire Position Description, please visit http://westminsterumc.net/ or contact the Church office: (252) 522-3334.
(Jun 8)

Organist (Part time)
All Saints Lutheran Church, 17030 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte NC 28277
Church Phone: 704-752-4287
Website: www.allsaintslutheran.org
Contact Person: Josh Pauling
Contact Phone: 803-981-4719
Contact Email: jpauling@hotmail.com
Hours per week: 5
Salary: $150 per service
Congregation Size: 125
1 weekly service, 1 weekly rehearsal
15 Extras Services: Wednesday Nights during Lent (6) and Advent (4), Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Additional fee for Weddings and Funerals
1960s Allen Organ
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: April 2015
Application Date: Until filled
Additional Information: Our current organ is an electronic Allen organ, but the exciting news is that we have a very large pipe organ that has been donated to us from a Seminary in Indiana. We are currently raising money to move and install the organ in our sanctuary and that will be completed in the next year or two.

We have a volunteer who directs the choir, which sings occasionally - perhaps once every other month, and for important events in the church year like Easter and Christmas. When we are preparing to sing for service, practice for choir would be immediately after Sunday service in the weeks leading up to when we are singing for service. But it is not an every week thing. There are no weekday practices at this point. If you would need to come to practice during the week, the pastor and secretary are there most days, or we can arrange a time when the church would be open.

Our church is located off of 521 right near the intersection of Ardrey Kell and 521. We are a liturgical congregation of about 100-125 weekly attendees. Our service begins at 10:30 AM and includes what many would call "high" liturgy; chanting, vestments, hymns, etc.
(April 29)

Director of Music Ministries (organist/pianist & choir director) (Part time)
All Saints Episcopal Church, 1201 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia NC 28054
Church Phone: 704-864-7201
Website: www.allsaintsgastonia.org
Contact Person: The Rev. Gary Butterworth
Contact Phone: 704-864-7201/7207
Contact Email: gary.butterworth@gmail.com
Salary: $16,000+
Continuing Ed Days: Negotiable
Vacation Days: 4 weeks
Sick Days: Negotiable
Additional Benefits: 403(b) retirement after 1st year
Congregation Size: 180
1 weekly service; 1 weekly rehearsal
8 extras services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve* (negotiable), 2 other special occasions
Additional fee for Weddings and Funerals
2 Ensembles: Adult Choir, Adult Handbells
Educational Requirements: Bachelor's in Music Preferred
2 manual, 35 stop Allen MDS-16 Digital Organ (1994) 
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: May 24, 2015
Application Date: April 17, 2015
Additional Information: All Saints is a versatile and adaptive congregation with regards to music. We currently chant the Psalm, sing the Lord's Prayer, Sanctus, Fraction and Great Amen. Guitars accompany at communion some times. We also have a Young Chang 6' Grand Piano. Mix of organ and piano is appreciated. All Saints is an Open & Affirming Christian community who welcomes everyone. As followers of Jesus we minister through feeding, housing, and nurturing those outside our walls who are struggling.
(April 29)

Music Director/Organist (Part time)
Christ Episcopal Church, 428 Pee Dee Avenue, Albemarle NC 28001
Church Phone: 704-982-1428
Website: www.christalb.org
Contact Person: Mark Cook, Chairman, Search Committee
Contact Phone: 704-983-2861
Contact Email: markedwardcook@gmail.com
Hours per week: 10
Salary: $ not listed
Congregation Size: 125
2 weekly services, 1 weekly rehearsal (1 choir)
5 extras services: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Eve
Additional fee for Weddings and Funerals
Educational Requirements: Negotiable
2 manual Electronic/Digital Organ
Open Date: August 1
Application Date: Current
(April 29)

Organist/Choirmaster (Part time)
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chestnut Hill, PO Box 1852 (930 S. Main St.), Salisbury NC 28145
Church Ph: 704-637-9404
Website: www.st-pauls-salisbury.dionc.org/
Contact person:  Sally Bradley, Senior Warden
Contact phone: 704-630-0192
Contact email:  sbradley34@carolina.rr.com
Hours per week: 15-20
Salary:  Negotiable
Continuing Ed Days: 4-5
Vacation Days: 14
Sick Days: Negotiable
Additional Benefits: Church paid AGO membership
Congregation size: 56
1 weekly service, 1 weekly rehearsal
4 extra services:  Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve
​Education Requirements: 5 yrs piano & 10 yrs organ or Bachelors in Church Music
2 manual Roland C-330 organ (2014)
Yearly contract
Additional Info:  Choir rehearsals are currently held on Tuesdays at 6:30pm.
Please mail resume to PO Box 1852, Salisbury NC 28145
Fees for weddings and funerals are paid by the family.
Will hold concert with 4 area churches (Joint Ecumenical Choir) requiring preparation 5 weeks in advance.
Two meetings with Vicar, Wardens, and Vestry per year for Liturgy-Worship preparation.
Send list of music for weekly services to person compiling the weekly e-newsletter.
Applicant may contact Mike Lane, Junior Warden, at 704-637-0539 for additional information.
(Apr 10)