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Choir Director/Organist

First Presbyterian Church of Newark, Delaware 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Play the organ, or the piano as appropriate, during Traditional, Contemporary (as needed), and Special Worship Services, and direct the Chancel Choir in these services throughout the church year.

  • Facilitate excellence in music in First Presbyterian’s worship services.

  • Plan, select, coordinate, and direct/perform music that is an integral part of all Traditional Worship in a cooperative manner with the Pastor and other staff members (e.g., the Pastor selects hymns with the Choir Director/Organist’s advice as appropriate).

  • Plan music for the summer schedule cooperatively with the Pastor and other staff using a variety of alternative music support including, but not limited to, vocal soloists, instrumental soloists, small group singers, summer choirs, etc.

  • Arrange for proper care of the organ and grand pianos.

Related:

  • Work to encourage, recruit, and increase participation in the Chancel Choir.

  • Attend Staff meetings and Worship Ministry meetings as scheduled.

  • Coordinate and maintain a schedule of all musical rehearsals and performances to avoid conflicts with other events in the church facilities.

  • Prepare an annual music budget following the established procedures for purchases, contracts, and other expenses of the ministry, including maintenance of the organ and pianos. • Select, acquire, and maintain/supervise the Choir music library, including the lending of music to other churches and choral groups.

  • Provide educational opportunities for the congregation to enhance its appreciation for music in the church in concert with the Worship and Learning ministries.

  • Be available for, or arrange for, an organist/soloist for funerals, memorial services, and weddings as requested by the Pastor.

  • Through the Music Program, encourage community attendance at worship services and other music events.

  • As appropriate, coordinate music selections with the Praise Team Music Leader for performance at worship services. Necessary Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate competence of a variety of music styles by playing First Presbyterian’s sanctuary organ and concert grand piano.

  • Understand the variety of musical styles used in First Presbyterian’s worship.

  • Demonstrate competence in preparing and conducting First Presbyterian’s Chancel Choir.

  • Ability to manage a choir budget.

 

First Presbyterian Church Choir Director/Organist Position Description Compensation and Benefits: This position is part-time (20 hours per week). Salary is paid semimonthly. No benefits are provided. Vacation is described in First Presbyterian’s Human Resources Manual. Compensation for such events as memorial services and weddings will be arranged with the requesting party/parties. Contract: Cindy Rogers, Office Manager, 302-731-5645, cindyrogers@firstpresnewark.org Church Website: www.firstpresnewark.org

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Presbyterian Church of Dover, Delaware

Organist

Reports to Director of Music and Pastor

Part time position. Approximate 8-10 hours per week, depending on season

FLSA: Exempt.   Start: September 2021

This is a part-time, paid position on the church staff. The congregation seeks to reward excellence and encourage people in their ministries. The annual salary is budgeted yearly by the congregation and will be paid in 12 installments. The expected range of salary, dependent on experience and qualifications, is expected to be between $12,000 and $13,000. Two weeks of paid vacation are provided starting in the next calendar year after hiring. Reasonable fees for weddings and funerals are to be paid directly by the family/funeral home as additional income.

Instrument Details: The sanctuary organ is a 3-manual Allen Protégé, installed in 2011. It includes a midi voice expansion. The sanctuary also has a K. Kawai grand piano. Other instruments include a baby grand piano in the choir room, and a five-octave set of handbells and chimes.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Consult with the Pastor and Director of Music regarding worship, special programs, and selection of keyboard music.

  • Accompany assigned choirs in rehearsal (Thursday evenings) and presentation of selected music.

  • Supervise maintenance of the church organ and pianos in coordination with the Worship Committee and Property Committee

  • Arrange for a substitute organist when not able to be present, or on vacation or continuing education leave

  • Attend staff meetings and/or music-team meetings as arranged by Director of Music.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Professional Proficiency 

  • High level of technical competence and creative versatility on the organ

  • Competence on piano

  • Proficiency in accompanying choirs and soloists in a variety of musical styles ranging from traditional sacred music to more contemporary genres

  • Ability to play skillfully our Allen organ, taking advantage of its features and versatility

  • Interpersonal Skills:

  • Possess the ability to work well with a variety of age groups, musical combinations and levels of musical proficiency

  • Interact cooperatively with the Music Director, Pastor, other musicians and the Worship Committee to plan appropriate music for corporate worship

  • Cooperate with other music staff collaboratively to deliver excellent music to enhance worship

Salary: $12,000-13,000 per year

Interested applicants should send a résumé with a cover letter and also three references including musical professionals (preferably in a church setting) with whom you have worked. Please include contact information for references. This should be sent to the church office at predvr@verizon.net Applications will be taken until position is filled.

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