Organist/Pianist


1/29/2019

POSTED January 24, 2019; OPEN UNTIL FILLED
SALARY RANGE: $18k-$20k

Concord United Methodist Church welcomes all who seek God, a spiritual home, and wish to share their gifts. The organist / pianist will reflect CUMC’s focus on message, music, mission, outreach, and inclusion. The person we hire will be an enthusiastic and positive musician who collaborates with our choir director in leading the Chancel Choir and the Contemporary Ensemble at Sunday Services and selected community events. CUMC has an active and supportive Choir Board made up of volunteer choir members. We also have a Community Orchestra that accompanies on occasion.

POSITION: Salaried Exempt; Part-Time (average 8 hours/week); benefits as identified in the Employee Policies and Guidelines handbook; salary range $18-20k/year, depending on qualifications and experience. A degree in organ or piano music is preferred but not required.

REPORTS TO: Pastor and Staff Parish Relations Committee

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent organ and piano skills; command of one instrument, with facility in the other; knowledge of standard organ and classical piano repertoire; improvisatory skills a plus. Experience with Christian service-playing; ability to play both traditional hymnody and contemporary Christian songs with proficiency and sensitivity; an understanding of the ministry of music. Excellent accompanying skills; proficient sight-reading; ability to occasionally play from a lead sheet on contemporary music when fully realized keyboard/organ scores are not available. The ability to play a variety of different musical styles. Ability to accompany soloists and small groups during services and special events.

The organ is an Allen system 305 2-manual organ, installed in 1981, and there are 2 grand pianos in the sanctuary.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Primary Accompanist for two Sunday Services, at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
2. Accompany the Congregation and New Life Ensemble on piano at the 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service, with a 45-minute Ensemble rehearsal immediately prior at 8:15 a.m.

  • i. 6 Contemporary songs.
  • ii. Responses.
  • iii. Offertory and Postlude.
3. Accompany the congregation and Chancel Choir at the 10:30 (Classic / Traditional) Service.
  • i. Prelude, offertory, postlude. (Prelude & postlude 3-5 minutes in length).
  • ii. Anthem.
  • iii. 3-4 traditional hymns or contemporary songs.
  • iv. Choral & congregational responses.
  • v. Communion music once a month.
4. Accompany the weekly Chancel Choir rehearsal on Thursday nights from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Chancel Choir season runs from September through June. Accompany soloists and small ensembles in July and August for special music in absence of the Chancel Choir.

5. Accompany soloists and instrumentalists on an occasional basis during the choir season. Additional rehearsal time to be arranged at the discretion of the organist / pianist.

6. Provide piano or organ music and choir accompaniments as well as any extra rehearsals required for additional special services, concerts, choral workshops, or other special events at the discretion of the music director or the pastor: Christmas Carol Sing, Christmas Sunday, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter services, weddings, memorial services, community concerts, etc., and rehearsals.

7. Prepare organ or piano accompaniments in advance of choir rehearsals.

8. Provide vacation relief for 8:00 a.m. Sunday Service pianist

9. Provide a substitute pianist / organist when unable to be present; provide substitute with music.

OTHER: Successful completion of a background check prior to, and as a continuing condition of, employment. Be proficient in speaking, writing, and understanding English. Attend meetings as required. Experience with or desire to accompany a community orchestra is preferred, although not required. Other duties as assigned.

FOR CONSIDERATION: Email your letter of interest, qualifications and/or resume. CONCORD UMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Marilyn Robrecht

Address: 1645 West St. Concord CA 94521

Phone: 9256855260

Email: concordumc@sbcglobal.net

Website: www.concordumc.org

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