Church Organist, Messiah UMC [Lafayette Hill, PA]

The Messiah United Methodist Church, Lafayette Hill, PA is a Christian worshipping congregation in the suburbs of Philadelphia with an active music program.  We are looking for a skilled organist/pianist to accompany our worship and choir. Our current services are a mix of traditional, contemporary, and “blended” including pieces on piano, organ, and pre-recorded accompaniment.

Hours: 5 hours per week on average
Pay: Commensurate with experience/education
Schedule: One weekly Sunday worship service with extra services during Christmas and Easter.  (3 vacation weeks throughout the year).
Reports to:The Pastor with close working relationship with the worship leader
Begins:April 22, 2019
Instruments: Allen organ and Kawai Grand Piano

Duties:

  • Play organ/piano for all worship services (Sunday 10:30 AM and all special worship services) including all traditional, contemporary, and “blended” services.
  • Accompany adult choir at Thursday evening rehearsals and a Sunday morning worship with a rehearsal before the service (The choir sings 2-3 Sundays per month and is not active during summer)
  • Accompany soloists and ensembles as needed
  • Select and play seasonally appropriate prelude and postlude music
  • Coordinate rehearsals with musicians for special music
  • Play for weddings and funerals as available
  • Attend occasional staff meetings
  • Arrange for regular maintenance of the organ and pianos

Qualifications:

  • Experience playing the organ with a knowledge of the mechanics of the instrument and standard organ repertoire
  • Proficient in accompanying congregational singing in worship
  • Familiarity with traditional and contemporary styles of Christian worship and liturgies. (Or a willingness to learn one in which you are less familiar)
  • Comfortable playing a wide variety of musical styles
  • Experienced in accompanying a choir
  • Solid communication and collaborative skills in order to coordinate with the Pastor, worship leader, and choir members
  • Sense of humor and versatility a plus

Please submit a cover letter and resume, CD or video links if available, to: Messiah United Methodist Church, 527 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA  19444, or MumcHiring@gmail.com