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Full or part time music positions, that are currently open at local churches or academic institutions, posted in the order of date submitted. To submit an available position, fill out and submit the form here.


Full-time Organist/Pianist/Artist in Residence
First Methodist Houston

1320 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Contact Person: Dr. Terry Morris
Email: tmorris@fmhouston.com
Phone: (956) 648-3647
Church Phone: (832) 668-1823
Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services
2 Sunday Warm Ups and services (8:00 am to 12:00 noon)

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
Wednesday Rehearsal (7:00-9:30 PM)

Duties

  • Funerals
  • Administrative meetings
  • Church lunches after Sunday services
  • Other duties as needed
  • Play anthems for worship
  • Play hymns for worship
  • Play preludes and postludes for worship
  • Be available to play special music as needed for special events
  • Extra compensation will be paid at the normal rates for weddings by the wedding guild. The organist has right of first refusal.
  • Extra compensation will be paid at the normal rates for funerals/memorial services on one of our campuses after the honorarium paid by the family or funeral home is deducted. Services off site are paid for by the family.

Qualifications
First Methodist Houston is seeking a collaborative artist, capable of playing all styles of hymns, choral music, and solo music necessary for worship. The ideal candidate will be a practicing Christian with a heart for worship and teamwork. Our church is very supportive of the music ministry. We currently serve two campuses with two organists, two pianists, an administrative assistant, two choir directors and some sixty professional staff singers. We seek to create a team of musicians that are able to serve at either campus, but our immediate need is on our downtown campus.The ideal candidate will need exceptional sight reading skills. Extensive knowledge of hymns, various styles, and the ability to improvise are needed. Master’s Degree or professional equivalent is required for consideration.

Please submit supporting materials electronically to tmorris@fmhouston.com Please include: cover letter, brief statement of faith, detailed resume, videos/links of your playing. A sample list of prelude, service music, and postlude repertoire.

Resources
Aeolian Skinner, 1967, Action Type, E-p, Man/RKS, IV-100+

GREAT
16 Spitzflote
8 Principal
8 Bordun
8 Flute Harmonique
5 1/3 Gros Quint
4 Oktave
4 Koppelflote
3 1/5 Gros Tierce
2 Oktave
2 Hellfpiefe
II Sesquialtera
III-IV Plein Jeu
IV-VI Mixtur
IV Scharf
16 Fagot
8 Trumpet
POSITIV
16 Quintaton
8 Principal
8 Gemshorn
8 Gedeckt Pommer
4 Spitzgeigen
4 Nachthorn
2 Principal
1 1/3 Nasat
1 Oktave
III-IV Fourniture
II Glockenspiel
16 Dulzian
8 Krummhorn
4 Klarine
Tremulant
Cymbelstern

CHOIR
8 Viola Pomposa
8 Viola Celeste
II Klein Erzahler
8 Zanflote
4 Traversflote
2 Blockflote
8 Bassethorn
8 Cor Anglais
8 Tuba Major
8 Clarion Major
8 Trompette En Chamade
Treumlant
Chimes

SWELL
16 Contre Viole
8 Geigen Prinzipal
8 Viole de Gambe
8 Viole Celeste
8 Gedeckt
8 Flauto Dolce
8 Flute Celeste
4 Prinzipal
4 Spillflote
2 2/3 Nasard
2 Octavin
1 3/5 Tierce
IV-VI Plein Jeu
16 Basson-Hautbois
8 Trompette
8 Hautbois
4 Clarion
Tremulant

FANFARE
8 Grande Principal
VIII Jeu de Fonds
V Cornet
16 Trompette En Chamade
8 Trompette En Chamade
4 Trompette En Chamade
Fanfare to Great
Fanfare to Pedal
ANTIPHONAL
8 Viola
8 Viola Celeste
8 Concert Flute
4 Flute
8 Vox Humana
ANTIPHONAL PEDAL
16 Bourdon
PEDAL
32 Kontra Geigen
32 Bourdon
16 Prinzipal
16 Geigen
16 Bourdon
16 Spitzflote (Gt)
16 Contre Viole (Sw)
8 Oktave
8 Bourdon
8 Spitzflote (Gt)
4 Choral Bass
4 Rhorflote
2 Blockflote
IV Grave Mixtur
VI Fourniture
32 Kontra Posaune
32 Contre Basson (Sw)
16 Posaune

Posted: July 15, 2019


Memorial Park: West Loop near I-10
Part-time 10:am Choir Director

St. Theresa Catholic Church in Memorial Park
6622 Haskell
Houston, Texas 77459

Contact Person: John Knowles
j.knowles@sttheresa.cc
(346) 335-1812
Church Phone: (713) 869-3783

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services

  • 1 Mass required for candidate: 10 AM Sunday
  • 1 Mass optional for candidate: 8 AM Sunday

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
1 rehearsal 7:30-9 PM on a weekday, currently Wednesday

Duties

  1. Accompany (on piano and/or organ) and direct music for our 10 AM Sunday Choir Mass
  2. Prayerfully choose music on a quarterly basis: traditional hymnody as well as more contemporary liturgical music
  3. Work with the choir and cantor to prepare music that encourages the “full, conscious, and active participation” of the 10 AM assembly
  4. Be available to lead music on Christmas, Easter, and all holy days
  5. Right of first refusal for funerals and weddings
  6. Optionally, accompany music for 8 AM Mass (cantor-led)

Qualifications
The successful candidate will show competence as a keyboard player (piano and/or organ) and in rehearsing and leading a choir for worship. Experience in a similar position and some formal training are highly desired.

Resources

  • Allen electronic organ
  • Yamaha baby grand piano

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of music ministry and desire to lead by example in prayer
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Self-motivation; good planning ability; ability to track multiple events and deadlines
  • Good verbal communication skills and excellent written communication
  • High organizational ability and attention to detail; ability to multi-task
  • MS Office: Competence in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher is a plus

Intersted candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to John Knowles, Director of Liturgy, at j.knowles@sttheresa.cc

Posted: July 15, 2019


Part-Time Organist
Spring Branch West

Fair Haven, a campus of Chapelwood UMC
1330 Gessner Rd.
Houston, Texas 77055

Contact Person: Sarah Lysiak-Ging
slysiakging@chapelwood.org
(765) 346-3085

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services:
One Sunday service at 11:15 am

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
One rehearsal for the Chancel Choir on Wednesday from 7:00-8:15 pm
**potential to change to a Sunday morning rehearsal from 9:45-11:00 am

Duties:
Fair Haven, a campus of Chapelwood UMC, is looking to fill the position of part-time organist for our 11:15 am Traditional service. The organist is expected to enrich the music ministry of the church by supporting the congregation and musical ensembles with expert technical and musical delivery of repertoire found in the United Methodist Hymnal and other musical resources of the United Methodist Church. The organist is expected to accompany the Chancel Choir and all music for the 11:15 am service as well as special services throughout the year, i.e. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, All Saints, etc. Responsible for playing funerals and weddings as they are scheduled. Strong sight-reading skills are desired.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Music or equivalent experience

Resources:

  • 3-manual Bravura by Allen electronic organ (installed within the last 2 years)
  • Samick Grand Piano (Sanctuary)
  • Wm. Knabe & Co. Baby Grand Piano (Choir Room)
  • Handbells

Additional Information:
Fair Haven is seeking an exemplary musician with the capacity to be collegial, flexible, and creative in their application of hymn and service playing. The ability to perform solo repertoire and accompany ensembles at a high musical and technical degree are of equal importance.The organist must be organized, communicative, and able to collaborate effectively with the Director of Traditional Music. Fair Haven is a small, but growing community with excellent support and resources from Chapelwood UMC (7,000+ member parish).

Posted: July 15, 2019


Part-time Organist
Southern Brazoria County

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
201 E. Clay Street
West Columbia, Texas 77486

Contact: The Rev. Sharron Cox
rectorsmec@centurylink.net
(979) 345-3456

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services:
One Sunday service each Sunday at 9:00 am
One evening service on Christmas Eve
One evening service on Ash Wednesday
One evening service on Maundy Thursday
Right of first refusal for funerals and weddings

Duties

  1. Provide organ and possibly piano music in a professional manner for all worship services and all seasonal and special services.
  2. First Right of Refusal to provide organ and possibly piano music for weddings and funerals with compensation provided by the parties involved.
  3. Facilitate the congregation to sing and worship through utilizing the full extent of the Allen electrical organ and through skillful organ performance of Episcopal, Anglican, and American hymnody.
  4. Encourage the musical talents and participation of members of the congregation through supporting special musical offerings including, but not limited to, congregational ensembles and guest soloists or instrumentalists.
  5. Flexibility and willingness to experiment with blended worship music including Taizé, traditional hymns played with up-tempo or modern musical style, or gradual inclusion of praise music for offertory anthem.
  6. Assist the Rector in arranging for qualified substitute organist through networking when absent for church services and notifying Rector of such planned absences at least a month in advance.
  7. Assist Parish Administrator in arranging for routine organ maintenance with a qualified organ repair person as needed.
  8. Invest adequate rehearsal time each week to maintain a high quality of music.
  9. Attend periodic liturgical planning meetings.
  10. Be willing to attend parish-funded continuing education programming related to Episcopal music and liturgy as schedules allow.
  11. Participate in an annual performance review.
  12. Qualifications
    The Church Organist should be able to display a professional level of musical talent from training and experience. S/he should be willing to develop a thorough working knowledge of the congregation’s worship services, style, and musical skill level while displaying a theological understanding of church music and its role in the community’s weekly worship. The Church Organist should be able to communicate well and in a friendly manner with the rector, worship leaders, and members of the congregation.

    Resources
    Allen electrical organ

    Additional Information
    St. Mary’s is encouraging interested organists in the greater Houston area to consider serving at both St. Mary’s and our neighbor, Columbia United Methodist Church who is looking for an organist/choral director. The timing of our services would allow someone to lead music ministry at both parishes quite easily.

    Posted June 21, 2019


    Part-time Organist/Choir/Handbells
    Rice Military

    Messiah Lutheran Church
    816 Roy St
    Houston, Texas 77008

    Contact: Marsha Froehlich
    marmar52@sbcglobal.net
    (713) 818-0677
    Church Phone:(713) 861-3072

    Church Website
    Church Facebook Page

    Number and Times of Services:
    Worship Sundays 9:00 AM, with choir rehearsal & handbell practice at 8:00 AM before the service.
    Midweek services during Advent and Lent

    Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
    Handbell practice at 8:00 am
    Choir practice 8:30 am Sundays before service

    Duties:
    Shall be responsible for selecting appropriate music, providing leadership for and directing the Adult Choir at the service regularly scheduled on Sunday mornings or any of the other special Festival Services. Shall work with Pastor to ensure appropriate organ and choral music has been selected for services. Shall have creative freedom to develop new music programs to involve the congregation’s youth and other ministries and outreaches as implemented and approved by the Worship and Music Committee.

    Qualifications
    The minimum requirements for this position require candidate to be synodically trained by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in music or have comparable experience and be able to play the organ and piano.

    Resources
    Allen Electronic Organ, piano, handbells, carillons

    Additional Information
    We are a small, loving community church with one service. Short rehearsals are held prior to Sunday morning. We are members of the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. You will enjoy meeting “Gabriel” our golden retriever.

    Posted June 21, 2019


    Part time Organist/Choir Director
    Southern Brazoria County

    Columbia United Methodist Church
    301 S. 16th Street
    West Columbia, Texas 77486

    Contact: Paul Kethley
    pastorpaul@columbiaum.org
    (832) 792-7896
    Church Phone: (979) 345-4642

    Church Website
    Church Facebook Page

    Number and Times of Services:
    Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m.

    Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
    Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

    Duties:
    Organist / Accompanist will rehearse with the choir on Wednesdays and provide music for weekly traditional Sunday worship (prelude, congregational hymns & responses, choir anthems, offertory music and postlude)

    Choir Director will rehearse the choir preparing for weekly and seasonal anthems, prepare and lead Easter ad Christmas cantatas, advise on selection of and lead congregational hymns.

    This could be one position filled by one person or two positions filled by two individuals.

    Qualifications:

    • Must be able to read music and be proficient on organ and piano.
    • Formal training preferred but not required.
    • Good people skills.

    Resources

    • Allen Organ
    • K. Kawai Baby Grand Piano
    • 20-voice choir
    • Extensive music library

    Additional Information
    Columbia United Methodist Church is looking for an organist/choral director. The neighboring congregation (one block away) of St. Mary’s is also in need of an organist. The timing of our services would allow someone to lead music ministry at both parishes quite easily. Both congregations are working together to fill these positions.

    Posted June 21, 2019