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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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.

Organist/Choir Director (Part time)
Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 103 West Church Street, Dallas, NC 28034
Church Phone: 704-922-5375
Website: www.hclcdallas.org
Church Fax: 704-922-7008
Contact Person: Amy Holland
Contact email: hclcmusic@yahoo.com
Contact phone: 704-813-0103
Contact fax: 704-922-7008
Hours per week: 10
Salary: $11,000
Continuing Education Days: 2
Vacation Days: 4
Congregation Size: 50-60 average
1 Weekly Service; 1 Rehearsal
5 Extras Services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, Christmas Eve (possibly weekly Lenten Services)
No Additional Fee for Weddings or Funerals
1 Ensemble (Adult Choir) 
Education Requirements: No degree required, but should be able to demonstrate excellent skills and command of instruments
2 manual Wicks Pipe Organ
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: September 1, 2015
Application Date: Until filled
Additional Info: Holy Communion Lutheran Church has one 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Our Adult Choir is small, but faithful, and rehearses once weekly. Occasionally our Handbell Choir will prepare for special services. Fees for weddings are paid by the wedding party. Holy Communion has a beautiful worship space with excellent acoustics. Instruments include a two-manual Wicks pipe organ, a grand piano, and handbells. Details will be discussed at an interview. Please send resume and cover letter to hclcmusic@yahoo.com or mail to Holy Communion Lutheran Church, PO Box 597, Dallas, NC 28034.
(Aug 18)

Interim Organist (Part time)
Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Rd, Weddington, NC 
Church Phone: 704-846-1032
Website: weddingtonchurch.org
Contact Person: Dr. Reginald Houze
Contact email: reginald.houze@weddingtonchurch.org
Contact phone: 704-846-1032
Salary $ not listed
Congregation Size: 1,000
2 Weekly Services; 1 Rehearsal
Additional Fee for Weddings and Funerals
1 Ensemble: Chancel Choir
Education Requirements: Bachelor's in Organ Performance
3 manual Johannus Electronic/Digital Organ (2013); 66 ranks
Open Date: Immediate
Application Date: Immediate Review
Additional Info:   Responsibilities: The Organist and Music Associate/Assistant will provide organ and piano accompaniment, solos and service playing as needed to support the Music and Arts Ministry and programs of the church including the two traditional Sunday services at 8:15 and 11:00 am, provide rehearsal accompaniment associated with all formal/traditional music including regular services, and special services such as weddings, funerals, and others when needed and arranged.

Necessary Skills: Demonstration of graduate level mastery of the advanced organ repertoire (including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Twentieth Century, etc.), superior level hymn and service playing skills to include (but not be limited to) the ability to creatively craft modulations and improvise on themes in all keys and in multiple styles (i.e., baroque, classical, romantic, symphonic including modern styles/rhythms/tone colors such as gospel and jazz). Exhibit exceptional rehearsal skills, including the ability to confidently play from an open score, exceptional sight reading, play individual parts in all keys and rhythmic combinations with accuracy. Ability to accompany at the piano with a high level of artistry and flexibility is also imperative. Experience leading hand bells is favorable, but not required. Qualified developing artists and those from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply

Minimum Qualifications: Committed Christian, comfortable with the United Methodist Church tradition. Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with 5 years’ experience in an appropriate church environment. Working knowledge of liturgical music required. Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, a heart for service/community and attentiveness to details are necessary. 

Part-time: Competitive salary, commensurate with education & experience. 

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume or CV with list of major organ/symphonic/oratorio works (etc.) that the applicant has performed, links to youtube/vimeo (preferably console/manual view) to reginald.houze@weddingtonchurch.org. For a complete position description and details, see the church website: www.weddingtonchurch.org.
(Aug 13)

Organist (Part time)
First Baptist Church, 339 2nd Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Church Phone: 828-328-2031
Website: www.fbc.cc
Contact phone: 334-332-8171
Contact Person: Dr. Steven Clarke
Contact email: clarke@fbc.cc
Salary $ not listed
Congregation Size: 500
1 Weekly Service; 1 Rehearsal
Extras Services: Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Combined Choral/Orchestral Events
Additional Fee for Weddings & Funerals
1 Ensemble: Adult Handbells
4 manual Casavant Pipe Organ (2004); 109 ranks; 81 stops over 7 divisions; Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: September 2015
Application Date: Immediately
Additional Info: Salary commensurate with talent and experience.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console (moveable). 

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.
(Aug 12)

Organist/Accompanist (Part time)
Covenant Baptist Church, 3131 Erskine Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054
Church Phone: 704 865-2538
Website: www.covenantbaptist.net
Church Fax: 704 868-3131
Contact Person: Trudy Shuford
Contact email: trushu@bellsouth.net
Contact phone: 704 813-9679
Hours per week 8.75
Salary $ not listed
Congregation Size: 240
1 Weekly Service; 1 Rehearsal
4 Extras Services: Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, Sunrise Service
Additional Fee for Weddings & Funerals
1 Ensemble: Choir
Education Requirements: Bachelor degree in music or equivalent practical training
2 manual Zimmer Pipe Organ (1974); 23 Stops
Yearly Contract: No
Open Date: immediately
Application Date: until filled
Additional Info: Our service is a traditional one with a wide variety of choral music. We perform Christmas and Easter cantatas each year, one of which may be a major choral work. Our choir consists of around 23 singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings and 10:30 on Sunday mornings.
(Aug 12)

Organist/Choirmaster (Part time)
Robinson Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 9424 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte, NC 28215
Church Phone: 704-537-5506
Website: robinsonpresby.org
Contact Person: Larry Lane
Contact phone: 704-641-3277
Contact email: hokiedoclane2bellsouth.net
Hours per week: 10
Salary: $13,000 minimum
Continuing Education Days: 2
Vacation Days: 4
Sick Days: part of vacation
Congregation Size: 75-100
1 Weekly Service; 2 Rehearsals
2 Extra Services: during Holy Week (usually Ash Wednesday) and Christmas Eve
Additional fee for Weddings & Funerals 
2 Ensembles (chancel choir and handbells)
Education Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Music or equivalent
2 manual Viscount Electronic/Digital Organ (2006); 43 stops
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: August 17, 2015
Application Date: until filled
Additional Info: Robinson Presbyterian church is a small but vibrant congregation that recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. The small but capable choir sings for Sunday services and once a year presents a services of Lessons & Carols. The Handbell Choir rehearses from 7:00-7:40pm on Wednesday evenings and makes use of a 4 octave set of Malmark bells and 2 octave set of chimes. The Chancel Choir rehearses from 7:45-8:45pm on Wednesday evenings and a warm-up at 10:45 am on Sunday. The Sanctuary instruments are a 2 manual Viscount organ installed in 2006 with custom digital samples and voicing (for list of stops go to robinsonservice@gmail.com) and a 5’ Kranich & Bach grand piano. Two upright pianos and a Yamaha “Digital Grand” keyboard are also on the campus. During June, July and August only the Chancel Choir rehearses at 10:30am on Sunday mornings.  
To Applicants: This is a description of the position held by the outgoing Director. There is flexibility on some of the terms, therefore discussion is welcome for interested parties.
(Jul 26)

Director of Music/Organist (Part time)
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Church Phone: 704-366-3554
Website: www.trinitypreschurch.org
Contact Person: May Johnston, Search Committee Chair
Contact phone: 704-377-0106
Contact email: tpchurchmusic@gmail.com
Hours per week: 20-30
Salary: $35-45K
Congregation Size: 500
1 weekly service; 2 rehearsals
10 Extras Services (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday)
Additional fee for Weddings & Funerals
2 Ensembles (Adult Choir, Children's Choir)
Education Requirements: Minimum: Bachelor of Music; Post graduate studies in Sacred Music or Worship Studies and piano/organ skills desirable. Minimum 5 years' experience as a Director of Music.
3 manual Moller Pipe Organ (1965); 46 Ranks
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: 7-20-15
Additional Info: This position could be one person or could be two persons, depending on the applicant's skills as an organist. The organ is central to our worship service, but the primary position is a Director of Music, with an organist potentially being another part-time position (worship services only). The salary range encompasses both positions (whether filled by one or two people). A complete job description can be found at www.trinitypreschurch.org.
(Jul 26)

Director of Music/Organist (Part time)
Boyce Memorial ARP Church, 111 Edgemont Dr., Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Church Phone: 704-739-4917
Website: www.boycememorial.org
Contact Person: Nick Napier
Contact email: info@boycememorial.org
Contact phone: 704-739-4917
Hours per week: est. 20 hrs, 3 days
Salary: $15-20K (depending on experience)
Continuing Education Days: flexible
Vacation Days: flexible
Additional Benefits: Use of church for private music lessons.
Congregation Size: 200
2 Weekly Services; 3 Rehearsals
5 Extras Services: Christmas eve, Tenebrae service, Thanksgiving service & breakfast, possible Christmas and Easter choir programs.
Additional Fee for Weddings and Funerals
3 Ensembles: Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s choir
Education Requirements: 5+ years exp; College degree in Music, Music education or Christian Ed or related field desirable. Advanced degrees in these areas a plus.
2 Manual Allen (1976) Electronic Organ
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: Immediate
Additional Info: See website for more information, including a job description.
(Jul 25)

Music Director/Organist (Part time)
First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Main St., Lincolnton NC
Church Phone: 704-735-8671
Website: www.fpclincolnton.org
Contact email: admin@fpclincolnton.org
Contact phone: 704-408-1418
Salary: $15,424
Congregation Size: 100
1 Weekly Service; 1 Weekly Rehearsal
4 Extras Services: Maundy Thurs; Good Fri; Easter Vigil (Sat); Christmas Eve
Additional Fee for Weddings and Funerals
1 Ensemble: Chancel choir
Education Requirements: no degree required, but must demonstrate ability to play and conduct
2 manual Pilcher and Sons Pipe Organ (1920)
3 Ranks, 15 stops
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: Immediate
Application Date: 6/30/15
Additional Info: Organ rebuilt in 1988, tuned and serviced regularly.
We would like to utilize our 3-octave Schulmerich handbells, 2-octave hand chimes and the largest and most complete collection of Orff instruments in Lincoln Co. Increasing the number of ensembles is desired. Affinity for diverse music styles and instrumentation is a plus.
(Jul 25)

Organist (Part time)
First United Methodist Church Wadesboro, 118 E. Morgan Street, Wadesboro, NC 28170
Church Phone: 704-694-5179
Church Fax: 704-695-1118
Website: www.fumcwadesboro.org
Contact Person: George Puryear
Contact Phone: 704-694-4518
Contact Email: gpuryear@carolina.rr.com
Hours per week: 6
Salary: $150/wk min. commensurate with education & experience
Congr Size 70
1 Weekly Service; 1 Rehearsal
5 Extras Services: Monday of Holy week, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve
4 Ensembles
3 Manual 1962 Moller Pipe Organ (Zimmer 2012 rebuild); 63 ranks; 56 stops
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: Sept. 1, 2015
Application Date: June 1--Aug. 1, 2015
Additional Info: Funerals are paid by the funeral home. Weddings are paid by the bride. 
(Jul 25)

Choir Director/Pianist (Part time)
St. Helen Catholic Church, 341 Dallas Spencer Mountain Road, Spencer Mountain, NC 28056
Contact Person: Regina Reid
Contact email: Rgreid8@yahoo.com
Contact phone: 980-253-6721
Salary: $100 per week
Congregation Size: 65 members
1 Weekly Service; 1 Weekly Rehearsal
Extra Services: Christmas Eve and possibly Homecoming Service
Additional Fee for Weddings and Funerals
1 Ensemble: The Adult Choir
Education Requirements: Ability to read music and give direction
3 Manual Electronic/Digital Organ
Yearly Contract: Yes
Open Date: June 28, 2015
Application Date: June 28, 2015
Additional Info: It is not required that you be Catholic. We are a predominantly African-American parish, we have approximately 12 members in the choir, and the choir is dedicated to the music ministry. Rehearsals are once per week for approximately 1.5 hours. Sunday service/mass is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
(Jul 18)

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)