Organist – Job Opening

Published March 24, 2017 by Liese Nainiger in

Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church is seeking its next organist. If you are a qualified candidate and have aspirations of working with a vibrant congregation and excellent staff, you are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by Friday, January 19, 2018.

A general job description of the open position of organist is below. Please fill out the Job Application PDF document and send along with an updated resume or CV as well as any other materials that would help Bethesda get to know you to the Music Director, Mr. Eric Richardson <eric.richardson@bethesdaonthebay.org>

 

Organist at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church:

SUMMARY

The Organist is an important role in the life of Bethesda on the Bay. Our expectations are that this person provides faithful, professional leadership in planning and preparing music appropriate to the liturgy, works under the Director of Music to support the coordination of musicians, and works with staff collaboratively to nurture and uphold these core values:

  • Deep spirited worship
  • Music that supports the liturgy of the church with reverence and joy
  • A strong music program that proclaims and illuminates the written and spoken word
  • Music in worship that is received with enthusiasm and appreciation by the congregation and the community

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Provide organ or piano music at all regularly scheduled Sunday worship services.
  • Provide organ or piano music at congregational midweek or seasonal worship services such as but not limited to, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Thanksgiving.
  • Provide music to be played for prelude, postlude, offertory, communion distribution and other times as needed during worship services.
  • Attend Thursday choir rehearsals for the 11:00am worship, and special additional rehearsals when scheduled by the Music Director.
  • Provide organ accompaniments when needed for special musical events scheduled in collaboration with the Pastor(s) and Music Director.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Music, works collaboratively with the Director of Music, Pastor and Worship and Music Committee in the area of general planning of music programs and worship.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Report to the appropriate committee the condition and needs for the maintenance of the church organ and pianos and work in cooperation with the appropriate personnel to provide for maintenance and repair.
  • Attend the regularly scheduled meetings of the Worship and Music Committee, Staff and other committees as appropriate.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Music and in partnership with the pastoral staff, help to equip congregational members to learn and lead liturgy and other worship needs.
  • The Organist shall assist the Director of Music as needed and reasonable.

 

SKILLS AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE

  • To have an appropriate bachelor degree and/or other training in Organ performance. (preferred church music with organ concentration considered)
  • To be skilled on the piano and other keyboards.
  • Be able to sufficiently accompany congregational and choir singing.
  • Have a practical knowledge of and experience with Lutheran (ELCA) liturgy and music as well as an understanding of the church to sufficiently and appropriately select music for traditional worship.
  • Sight reading and accompanist skills appropriate for choral rehearsal support.
  • The ability to play and work comfortably in a range of styles.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The Organist is permitted to use the church organ and pianos for personal practice and private lessons as appropriate. When private lessons are offered, the scheduling must be done through the church office and work around church scheduling needs. Students who use the church organ or pianos outside of their lesson are expected to pay a reasonable fee to the church.
  • The Organist shall have right of first refusal in regard to providing organ music at all weddings and funerals that are held within the Church. Services of other organists may be used only in consultation with the staff organist and / or the Director of Music. The minimum fee for performing at a local wedding ceremony and providing one consultation (either by phone or in person) shall be in accordance with the Bethesda on the Bay Wedding Guidelines. The minimum fee for a funeral or memorial service shall be in accordance with the Bethesda on the Bay Funeral and Memorial services guideline. Additional remuneration shall be negotiated for rehearsals with soloists or for extraordinary practice time necessitated by unusual musical requests.
  • Guest organists or recitalists shall not be permitted to use the church organ without prior consultation with the staff organist and/or the Director of Music.
  • The Organist shall read and abide by the personnel policies and procedures handbook of Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church.

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