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100 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
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Myers Memorial United Methodist Church
301 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Church Phone 704-864-3222 Website http://www.myersmemorialumc.org Church Fax 704-864-3223 Contact phone 704-864-3222 Contact fax 704-864-3223 Contact Person Rev. Sally Queen Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Benefits option to vacate 2 Sundays per year with pay Congregation Size 275-300 active Number of Weekly Services 1 Number of Rehearsals 1 Extras Services 4+ Extra Serv List Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas LoveFeast, Christmas Eve, plus others as indicated by Dir. of Music Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Ensembles Ensembles Education Requirements Bachelor's Degree preferred
Organ: 1974 2-manual Zimmer, 12 ranks, 27 stops
Yearly Contract Yes Open Date July 1, 2017 Applic Date Immediately Addtl Info Myers Memorial UMC in Gastonia, NC is seeking a part-time organist. This person will work closely with the Pastor and the Director of Music to help provide meaningful worship. A minimum of a bachelor?s degree in music and experience in church music is preferred. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Rev. Sally Queen (email@example.com). A complete job description is available upon request.
Part-Time Director of Music Ministry
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
131 W. Council Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Church Phone 704-633-3221 Website www.stlukessalisbury.net Contact phone 704-633-3221 Contact Person The Rev. Robert Black Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org Hours per week 25 Salary $ Continuing Education Days 7 Vacation Days 28 Additional Benefits full health/dental/vision, continuing education funds, pension contributions Congregation Size ASA - 150 Number of Weekly Services 1 Number of Rehearsals 1 Extras Services 12 Extra Serv List Advent Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, All Saints, All Souls, Thanksgiving Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Ensembles 4 Ensembles Adult choir, Novice (Children) Choir, Boy-Girl Choir (older children), Evensong Choir (1x/month) Education Requirements BA Organ Type Electronic/Digital Organ Manuals 4 Builder Aeolian-Skinner by Walker Year Built 2015 Ranks 75 Stops Yearly Contract Open Date 08/01/2017 Applic Date 5/17/2017 Addtl Info St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina seeks a 25 hour per week Director of Music Ministry (full-time benefit package). Candidates should be passionate about the Anglican musical tradition and have skills in directing adult and children choirs, playing an organ, and overseeing a music program. For more information, visit stlukessalisbury.net/director-of-music-ministry.html.
Trinity Moravian Church
Purpose: To lead congregational singing, to accompany the church choirs, and to support the worship service with appropriate musical offerings.
Accountability: The Organist is accountable to the Pastor as head of staff, through the supervision of the Director of Music. (1 worship service on Sunday, 1 or 2--1 hour rehearsals per week)
Compensation: $10,000-$12,000 per year, based on experience
Instrument: W. Zimmer & Sons, Inc. 1976 / Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders 2014
(2 manuals. 18 stops. 20 ranks. Electro-pneumatic action)
The candidate should prepare:
•Prelude or Postlude of your choice •Doxology (Old 100th and Lass uns erfreuen) •A Hymn and 4-5 pages of an anthem (to be sent to you to prepare)
*sight-reading is not required
Time to rehearse on the organ will be provided.
Please email your cover letter and résumé to Jonathan Sidden, music director at email@example.com.
This position will be open until filled.
Part-Time Church Organist
First Baptist Church
246 N. Main Street/P.O. Box 839
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Church Phone 828-286-9047 Website firstbaptistrutherfordton.com Contact phone 828-980-2761 Contact Person Beth Heffner, firstname.lastname@example.org Salary $Negotiable Sick Days 4
Additional Benefits: Family and Bereavement Leave
Congregation Size 280 Number of Weekly Services 1 Number of Rehearsals 1 Extras Services 6 Extra Serv List Adult Christmas Musical, Children's Choir Christmas Program, Ash Wednesday, Maunday Thursday, Thanksgiving Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Education Requirements Bachelor of Music Degree Organ Type Pipe Organ
Builder Moeller/Zimmer Year Built 1991 Ranks 16 Stops 40 Yearly Contract Yes Open Date September 2017 Applic Date Current
Addtl Info: Vacation is earned by years of employment. 0-1 years you receive 1 week of vacation; 1st year you receive 2 weeks, 2nd year and beyond you receive 3 weeks. Weeks are considered 1 Sunday and 1 Wednesday. Continuing Education can be negotiable. The Organist must be a Christian but does not need to be of the Baptist faith or a member of the church. We also have a Church Pianist that shares in the responsibilities equally. Our worship style is traditional. The Organist would be valued and respected. They would be considered part of the worship team.
Part-Time Minister of Music
Poplar Springs Baptist Church
1106 Poplar Springs Church Road
Shelby, NC 28152
Church Phone 704-487-8802
Church Fax 704-487-8817
Contact Person Katherine Asis (email@example.com)
Congregation size 250
2 Extra Services per year (Maundy Thursday and Candlelight Communion)
No Additional Fees for Weddings or Funerals
2 manual Allen organ
Position Open January 1, 2017
Christ United Methodist Church
410 N Holden Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
Church Phone 336-299-1571 Website christgreensboro.org Contact phone 336-299-1571 ext. 307 Contact Person Rev. Louis Timberlake, Executive Pastor Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org Hours per week 40 Salary Commensurate with education & experience Continuing Education Days No Limit Vacation Days 10, increasing with tenure Sick Days 12 Additional Benefits Health Insurance, Pension, Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave, Paid Holidays, Paid Mission Trip Leave, Long Term Disability Coverage Congregation Size 2300 Number of Weekly Services 4 Number of Rehearsals 5 Extras Services 7 Extra Serv List Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve (2), Additional Easter Services, Concerts Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Ensembles 10 Ensembles Adult Choirs (2), Youth Choir, Children's Choirs (3), Handbell Choirs (3), Occasional Instrumental Ensembles (Not all are the responsibility of this position) Education Requirements Master's Degree Organ Type Pipe Organ Manuals 3
Builder 1982 C.B. Fisk, Op.82, 64 ranks; 43 stops
Yearly Contract Yes Open Date April 7th Applic Date May 7th Addtl Info Christ United Methodist Church is a thriving church of more than 2300 members in Greensboro, NC. Christ Church is known for an excellent worship arts ministry, including both traditional liturgical worship and passionate contemporary worship. Our sanctuary seats about 650 people and is graced by the three-manual C.B. Fisk organ, op. 82, with 64 ranks, 43 stops, and mechanical action. (christgreensboro.org/fiskorgan/) Because of excellent acoustics, guest artists and community music groups frequently perform in the space. We also have two adult choirs, a youth choir, three children?s choirs, and three handbell choirs, in addition to a number of seasonal choirs. Because of the retirement of our longtime organist, Christ Church is seeking a full-time Organist who would also assume leadership of one or more of the following, depending upon desire, interest, and ability: Handbells, Instrumental Music, and Children's Music. This individual would work closely with our Coordinator of Music & Arts, who is primarily responsible for choral music for adults and youth, the coordination of traditional worship services, and the direction of dramatic productions and special services.
ORGANIST (Essential Role) Prepare and play organ for two traditional services each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 Rehearse with and accompany adult choirs on organ and piano Rehearse and direct choral groups, at times, in conjunction with the primary choral director Participate in regular and seasonal worship planning in conjunction with the worship team Participate in seasonal concerts and special worship services Oversee routine maintenance of the Fisk organ and pianos Work with and equip laity responsible for different aspects of traditional worship Play funerals (not always compensated) and have right of first refusal for weddings (compensated) Maintain regular office hours and availability to the congregation as related to the position Attend staff meetings and other administrative meetings, as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS At least a master?s degree in organ performance or sacred music Experience and strong skills in playing for worship services, including accompanying choirs and congregational hymn singing, and at least basic skills in improvisation in the worship context Experience in choral conducting A sense of calling to worship leadership in a local church Familiarity with United Methodist theology and hymnody preferred Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a part of a staff team Additional qualifications appropriate to the Potential Roles listed below, depending upon the desire, interest, and ability of the applicant
HANDBELLS & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (Potential Role) Coordinate and direct handbell choirs, including three standing choirs and seasonal youth choirs Manage handbell music library Oversee communications with choirs and recruitment of new ringers Recruit and coordinate instrumentalists for worship services and special events Develop and direct instrumental ensembles as needed Work with other worship and pastoral staff to incorporate handbell choirs and instrumentalists into regular and occasional worship services and special events Oversee routine maintenance of five octaves of Malmark handbells, four octaves of Malmark handchimes, and related equipment
CHILDREN'S MUSIC (Potential Role) Develop an overall vision and strategy for Children?s music and drama ministries for ages infant through 6th grade and partner with staff and volunteer leaders to implement Oversee communication with families and recruitment of new choir members Oversee music program for infants through three year olds, currently including BabyGarten and Musicplay Direct and accompany multiple children?s choirs for four year olds through 6th grade Manage children?s choir music library Coordinate children?s musical productions and special services involving children's choirs Work with worship and pastoral staff to incorporate children into regular and occasional worship services and events
APPLY at christgreensboro.org/careers
Full-Time Director of Music
Unity Presbyterian Church
303 Tom Hall Street
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Church Phone 803-547-5543 Website www.unityfortmill.org Contact phone 803-396-0663 Contact Person Brian Rayl Contact email Bdrayl77@gmail.com Hours per week 40+ Salary $42,000-$46,000 Continuing Education Days TBD Vacation Days 10 Sick Days TBD Additional Benefits Major medical, Board of Pensions Plan Congregation Size 1500 Number of Weekly Services 2 Number of Rehearsals 4 Extras Services 6 Extra Serv List Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Christmas Eve (3) Addtl Wedding Fee No Addtl Funeral Fee No Ensembles 4 Ensembles Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, 2 Children's choirs Education Requirements Degree in music from an accredited college, advanced degree preferred Organ Type Pipe Organ Manuals 3
Year Re-installed 2010
Ranks 30 Stops 55 Yearly Contract Yes Open Date 7-1-2017 Applic Date 4-6-2017 Addtl Info Unity Presbyterian Church is a growing PCUSA congregation of close to 1500 members in Fort Mill, SC. The church is proud of its vibrant music program and is seeking a new Director of Music to continue this tradition. This position's primary responsibility is directing and overseeing the music ministry of Unity in close collaboration with the Senior Pastor and staff. The Music Associate/Organist position reports to the Director of Music and has the primary responsibility for organ performance and keyboard accompaniment. The Music Director is full-time and is an exempt position working weekdays and weekends, reporting to the Senior Pastor. The individual in this position must have a high skill level in conducting both youth and adult choral ensembles and possess significant experience in conducting instrumentalists accompanying the choir. This individual will also have skills in performance on the piano as an individual as well as accompanist and will be required to occasionally assist the Music Associate/Organist. This individual will coach adult choir members and soloists. A command of classical and sacred choral music repertoire in required. As a mature Christian and Unity's ambassador, this individual is expected to develop strong ties with the regional music community music departments, instrumentalists, and music directors at other area churches with similar music programs. The Director of Music is an important member of the Unity staff and, as such, must be positive, supportive, and willing to work as a team member to further the worship and spiritual vitality of the congregation. In addition to collaborating with other staff members, the Director of Music should develop and encourage members of the congregation to be involved with and to support the church?s music ministry.
Full-Time Director of Music Ministries
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
805 S. York Street
Gastonia, NC 28052
Church Phone 704-864-0378 Website holytrinitygastonia.org Church Fax 704-864-4959 Contact phone 704-864-0378 Contact Person Pastor Brack East email@example.com Hours per week 40+ Salary $47,000 Continuing Education Days 1 week Vacation Days 2 wks Sick Days 5--for first year Additional Benefits health and pension Congregation Size 200 Number of Weekly Services 2 Number of Rehearsals 3 Extra Service List Midweek in Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, Reformation, Midweek in Advent, Christmas Eve, services for conferences hosted by the church, funerals, weddings Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Ensembles 4 Ensembles Praise Team, Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Youth Praise Team Education Requirements Bachelor degree
Organ: 1958 Moeller/Fritzsche organ, 3 manuals, 48 ranks, 43 stops
Yearly Contract Yes Open Date January 2017 Applic Date January 2017
Holy Trinity is seeking a faithful Believer who is prepared to help others approach God in worship of various styles, is able to help others know God through his Word, and is able to inspire and equip others to grow in these areas. Holy Trinity has two Sunday morning worship services, each with different musical styles and levels of formality: Contemporary and Traditional. The Director of Music Ministries is responsible to plan and lead/oversee inspiring music at all worship services, including Sunday worship and other events such as funerals, weddings, conferences, etc. The traditional worship music is typically led by pipe organ and a choir using liturgies of the Lutheran church. The contemporary worship music is typically led by a praise team, and is music that is written and performed by contemporary artists within in the past ten years. The Director of Music Ministries works with the Lead Pastor to plan all worship services, and then prepare worship materials such as printed bulletins, projection files, and other leaders? materials. Depending on the skill set of the qualified candidate, a part-time organist or praise team leader may be hired to complement those skills. The Director of Music Ministries is ultimately responsible for planning, rehearsals, and leadership of all music ministries. The music ministries of Holy Trinity also include a handbell choir, youth praise team, youth worship service, and children?s music. The music component of this position does not require a full 40 hour/week. Another component of this position is to oversee an Adult Christian Education program, which includes Sunday School, small group ministries, and occasional teaching. Discipleship and disciplemaking are important values to Holy Trinity, and this position requires expertise in these areas as well as music ministries.
Part-Time Director of Music
First Christian Church
1200 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
Church Phone 704-334-3771
Church Fax 704-334-3774 Contact phone 704-334-3771 Contact fax 704-334-3774 Contact Person Pastor Jolin McElroy Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org Salary $12,000 negotiable Continuing Education Days 0 Vacation Days 4 Sick Days 0 Additional Benefits None Congregation Size 60 Number of Weekly Services 1 Number of Rehearsals 1 Extras Services 5 Extra Serv List Christmas Cantata, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Holy Week/Easter Cantata Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee Yes Ensembles 2 Ensembles Chancel Choir, Bell Choir Education Requirements Degree in music or related field desirable. Organ Type Pipe Organ Open Date Immediately Applic Date Until Filled Addtl Info This opening is due to our long-time director retiring due to health reasons. This position is responsible for planning, coordinating, directing and promoting the musical life of the church. Successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience in music with demonstrated experience in directing choral music. Demonstrated understanding of Christian traditions in music and open to various backgrounds and styles of music. Complete job description available upon request.
First Presbyterian Church
300 Market Street
Cheraw, SC 29520
Facebook: First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw, SC
Contact Phone: 843-910-4538
Contact person: Christie McLeod
Contact email: email@example.com
Congregation Size: 250
Number of Weekly Services: 1
Number of Weekly Rehearsals: 1
Extra Services: Christmas Eve (early service), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday
Additional Wedding Fee: yes
Additional Funeral Fee: yes, organist must confer with the funeral home in charge
Education Requirements: Have excellent hymn playing skills, able to provide appropriate organ music for all services
Organ Type: tracker action with combination action, 26 ranks, two manuals; organ built by Gabriel Kney and Associates of London, Ontario
Salary: To be determined
Yearly contract: no
First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), is a vibrant and happy congregation looking for a part time organist. The organ, Opus 104, was built by Gabriel Kney and Associates of London, Ontario, in 1986, and is designed to lead the congregation in glorious singing, to accompany the choir and to perform in recitals. It is tracker action but has combination action to make it accessible for different periods of music. It has two manuals and 26 ranks of pipes. There is one service a week with choir rehearsal on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening at 6:30, which is flexible. Occasionally, the organist will be expected to accompany soloists and small instrumental ensembles. This individual will serve as organist at weddings and funerals. Weddings and funerals are a source of additional income for the organist. The church has both a wedding and funeral policy. The organist will collaborate with the choir director and pastor to plan for services. Special services include Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The organist may accompany the children's choir as they sing in a worship service (with a short rehearsal before they sing).
For more information, contact Christie McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-910-4538. There is no yearly contract, but evaluations are conducted yearly by the personnel committee. The organ can be seen on the church’s website www.cherawfpc.org.
Christ United Methodist Church
3401 Mooresville Road
Salisbury, NC 28147
Church Phone 704-637-7843 Contact phone 704-996-6203 Contact Person Robert Kennedy Contact email Rkmaestro@aol.com Salary $open Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee Yes Ensembles 1: Chancel Choir
2 manual Electronic Organ
Yearly Contract Yes Open Date Immediately Applic Date Immediately Addtl Info This position requires one rehearsal and one Sunday service and services for Advent, Easter and possibly some special times during the year.
First Presbyterian Church
Statesville, North Carolina
First Presbyterian Church of Statesville, North Carolina, a historic downtown church of 600 members, seeks a skilled part-time organist for its vital music ministry. The congregation has long valued its commitment to excellence in music in its traditional worship, graded choral program, hand bell ensembles, and seasonal musical offerings which may include other community singers and instrumentalists. Responsibilities include providing service music for one Sunday morning worship service each week, and serving as accompanist for Sanctuary, Children, and Youth choirs for performances and rehearsals. Superior sight reading skills are desired. Rehearsal schedule includes Junior choir – Wed. 4:45 – 5:30 in Nov. and Dec., otherwise once a month as needed; Youth Choir rehearsal from 5:00 – 6:00 each Sunday during the school year; Sanctuary Choir each Wednesday – 7:00 – 8:30. Some additional services are required during specific liturgical seasons of the year. Music for weddings and funerals will be remunerated in addition to salary.
The church houses a Casavant pipe organ which has recently undergone a $565,000 enhancement and restoration by Casavant Frères, as well as a 7 foot Yamaha grand piano and a harpsichord. Organ specifications are available by email upon request. email@example.com
The position, available immediately, includes teaching privileges on the church’s instruments. Interested applicants should have a graduate degree in music or commensurate experience. Send application letter and resume including one letter of reference and two other contacts to Melody Morrison Beaty, Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Meeting Street, Statesville, NC 28677 and the Reverend Stephen W. Scott at the same address. Compact disc recordings will be welcomed, but cannot be returned.
Number of Weekly Services:1
Number of Weekly Rehearsals: 5 or more
Ensembles: Adult Choir, Children's Choir, Handbells
Hours per Week: 8 - 15
Organ Description: Casavant
Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church
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 at 11:00 a.m. 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. It is important for the organist to be available for Thursday night choir rehearsals to be a part of the community of musicians/artists as well as help prepare larger works such as Rutter, Bach, Handel at times. Organ: 1959 Moller pipe organ playing from a six-year-old Rodgers console with added midi components. Seven ranks of pipes, 45 stops, 2 manual. Position is open immediately.
For more information, contact by email:
Rev. Carrie Wright
Associate Pastor/Minister of Worship Arts
Part-Time Music Director/Organist
Bethpage Presbyterian Church
6020 Mooresville Road
Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081
Church Phone (704) 933-2209 Website www.bethpagechurch.org Church Fax (704) 933-2208 Contact phone (216) 906-8734 Contact Person Sherry Childers Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary negotiable based on experience
Congregation Size 100-125 Number of Weekly Services 1 Number of Rehearsals 1 Extras Services 5 Extra Serv List Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, Christmas Eve Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Organ Type Electronic/Digital Organ Yearly Contract Yes Open Date 10/1/16 Applic Date 8/20/16 Addtl Info Bethpage Presbyterian Church is a family of Christians who live out their faith in gratitude and joy for all God has done for us through Jesus Christ. We are small, yet serious about faith and our call to share the Good News. "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Part-Time Organist/Choir Director
Bethel United Methodist Church
101 York Street
Chester S.C. 29706
Church Phone 803-385-3266 Website www.umcbethel.org Church Fax 803-581-8613 Contact phone 803-385-3266 Contact fax 803-581-8613 Contact Person Jane Carter Contact email BethelUMC@truvista.net Hours per week 4 Salary negotiable based on experience Vacation Days 2 Additional Benefits Social Security/Workers Compensation Congregation Size 154 Number of Weekly Services 1 Number of Rehearsals 1 Extras Services 3 Extra Serv List Christmas Eve/Ash Wednesday/Maundy Thursday Addtl Wedding Fee Yes Addtl Funeral Fee No Ensembles 1 Ensembles Chancel Choir Education Requirements Bachelor of Music with organ emphasis or valid training in organ and choral music.
Organ 1943 Pilcher/Moller (10 stops)
Yearly Contract Yes Open Date September 1, 2016 Applic Date Immediate Addtl Info Bethel United Methodist Church seeks an individual to prepare and present the Bethel United Methodist Church Chancel Choir in a manner befitting a service of worship for the purpose of enhancing the musical development of the church and for the glorification of God. Sunday Service is at 11:00 AM and choir rehearsals are held weekly but may vary during the summer months. Moller organ received an updated console in 1986 and organ was rebuilt in 2004.