Open Positions

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.


Part Time Handbell Director
Northwest Houston

Kinsman Lutheran Church
12100 Champion Forest Drive
Houston, Texas 77066-2704
Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Contact: Beth Warpmaeker
Email
Contact Phone: (281) 444-3127
Church Phone: (281) 444-3126

Number and Times of Services:
8:15, 9:30, 11:00 but not expected to be at all worship services every week.

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
3 weekly rehearsal during the school year. Timing is flexible.

Duties:
To use handbell music to lead others in worship and lead two adult handbell choirs and one youth handbell choir in faith and fellowship.

Qualifications:

  • Role: Lay Minister (Facilitate Worship, Support other music ministries)
  • Role: Bell Choir Director (Engage volunteers, Manage instruments, Manage equipment)
  • Role: Music Educator (Keep current on handbell art form with new techniques, trends, and styles in music and ringing)
  • Role: Small Group Leader (Support members in faith).

Resources:
Full set of Handbells and Chimes

Additional Information:
Good communication skills, ability to work with a team, ability to engage youth and adults.

Posted: August 2, 2017


Part Time Organist/Pianist
Oak Forest/Greater Heights

St. Stephens United Methodist Church
2003 W 43rd St.
Houston, Texas 77018
Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Contact: Lindsay Smity
Email
Contact Phone: (713) 686-8241

Number and Times of Services:
8:30 Contemporary
11:00 Traditional

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
Thursday 7:30-8:45

Duties:

  1. Weekly Sunday morning traditional worship service.
  2. Chancel Choir practice sessions.
  3. Funeral services (held in the sanctuary). – negotiable if working elsewhere
  4. Special Lenten and Holy Week services.
  5. Special Advent/Christmas services.
  6. Special Communion services.
  7. On and off site worship activities and special events.
  8. Weddings scheduled at St. Stephen’s (paid at the standard fee established in the wedding policy of the church.)
  9. The Organist will select the music for the weekly Prelude and Postlude, as well as an occasional offertory, with the understanding that a variety of music and/or composers must be used. The Organist/Pianist will work with the Pastor of Music and Worship and the Senior Pastor to develop greater interest and participation in music for the worship settings.
  10. Ability to play the keyboard with contemporary band at 8:30 am service would be a plus, but not required. Contemporary band rehearsals are Sunday morning at 7:30.

Qualifications:
The Organist/Pianist must support congregational song and have the ability to accompany ensembles or soloists. He or she should serve the congregation as a servant leader, educator and essential musician of this congregation. “The obligation of servant leadership is the forming of Christian disciples in the covenant community of the congregation; This involves instructing and guiding Christian disciples in their witness to Jesus Christ in the world through acts of worship, devotion, compassion and justice under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. John Wesley described this as ‘watching over one another in love.’”(Book of Discipline, ¶115) As an educator, the Organist/Pianist will teach music and explain liturgical concepts. As a musician, the Organist/Pianist will be diligent in preparation and performance, and will cooperate with others to provide and enable the highest possible standard of worship in this congregation. The Pastor of Music and Worship will have the final authority in deciding what instrument will be best suited for accompanying. Sight reading skills are a prerequisite. The Organist/Pianist must be able to direct the choir or small ensembles as needed and as requested by the Pastor of Music and Worship.

Resources:

14 rank e-p and direct valve organ, Yamaha grand piano, Roland XV-88 electric keyboard.

Posted: July 24, 2017


Full Time Director of Music
Upper Kirby, River Oaks, Montrose

Saint Anne Catholic Community
2140 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77098

Church Website

Contact: Greg Herzog
Email
Contact Phone: (713) 525-4259

Number and Times of Services:
Sun. 6-1, Mon. 1-9, Tue., 11-5, Wed. 1-9, Thu. 1-9, and Sat 4-7. Minimum of 40 hours is standard but the schedule does vary according to the seasonal cycles of the Church.

Duties:
Duties and Responsibilities (note – other duties may be assigned on an as needed basis):
• Selects appropriate hymns, Psalms, anthems and other liturgical music for all English weekend liturgies based on the readings, cycle, and/or feast of the season/day
• Leads rehearsals for the Adult choir, Handbell choir, Children’s Choir(s) and other Ensembles
• Oversees the Music staff by setting schedules, approving time cards, and having regular staff meetings.
• Works with cantors each week in liturgical preparation and leads an annual cantor workshop.
• Orchestrates anthems, hymns, and other liturgical music for strings, trumpets, flute, oboe, harp, handbells, organ, and other instruments as needed.
• Oversees the Music Department budget.
• Contracts outside musicians for special liturgical celebrations.
• Organist or choir director for several weekend Masses and all major festal liturgies
• Organist for funerals
• Recruits and works with volunteer instrumentalist.
• Rehearses as needed with contracted professional instrumentalists.
• Assigns solos and choir sectional rehearsal duties to staff musicians.
• Prepares two choir retreats/clinics per year.
• Weddings and wedding workshops with engaged couples
• Writes appropriate articles on music ministry for the church bulletin both for recruitment and parish formational purposes (e.g. why the psalm is always sung, etc.).
• Member of the Parish Steering Committee.

Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
Master of Music is preferred with a background in organ and choral conducting.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and Publisher.
Experience in orchestration with facility using music writing software.
Experience with Google docs and Google calendar is a plus.

Resources:
Organ

Additional Information:
Organizational/Interpersonal Skills:
A high level of organization and interpersonal skill is required. Attention to detail is essential.
Language and Communication Skills:
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is required.
Salary:
The salary of the Director of Music will be commensurate with the individual’s education, skills, and experience.
Benefits:
Medical, dental, short-term disability, long-term disability, basic life insurance (up to $50K), and AD&D paid by employer. Vision and supplemental life insurance are also available to the employee at a cost.
Four weeks of vacation after a year. Nine sick days, three personal days, and one birthday holiday per year.
Pension plan (partially vested after 3 years and fully vested after 7 years). The employee can also participate in a 403b plan with Fidelity or Valic.

Posted: July 6, 2017


Part Time Organist/Accompanist
Nassau Bay

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
18220 Upper Bay Rd
Houston, Texas 77058-4198

Church Website

Contact: Beth Koerber
Email
Contact Phone: (281) 333-4535
Church Phone: (281) 333-4535

Number and Times of Services:
2 Sunday Morning Services 8:00am Liturgical and 9:30 am Traditional
• First Warm Up: 7:30am (7:00am when brass or special ensembles are included
• Second Warm up 9:05 am.

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
• Cantor, Bells, and Orchestra rehearsals as needed, Wednesdays, 6:00-
7:00pm.
• Choir Rehearsal: Wednesdays 7:00 to 9:00 pm
• (5 Saturday rehearsals as needed (9:00 to 12:00 am)

Duties:
1. Model a lifestyle which is seeking to grow as a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ
2. Play weddings and funerals.
3. Lead the congregational singing and praise of God in worship from the organ or piano as needed. This
includes Sunday mornings and special services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and
Christmas Eve

Qualifications:
SKILL REQUIREMENTS
1. A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in organ performance, and/or equivalent knowledge and experience in a leadership role in a similar church setting is preferred.
2. Lead congregational singing in interesting and varied ways such as: verse end interludes or modulations; “lining out” the melody with a stronger registration; varied verse registrations; a varied harmonization on a verse; varied hymn introductions.
3. Select and perform music (preludes, postludes, etc.) that is integral to the theme and flow appropriate to the day’s hymns, and season of the church year.
4. Accompany sections of the liturgy.
5. Accompany brass or orchestral ensemble, or vocal or instrumental solo literature.
6. Accompany, using organ or piano, the chosen choral literature and special music for the day at weekly rehearsals and worship services.
7. Must be willing to team with traditional and contemporary musicians.

Resources:
27 Rank Schlicker, Tracker Action, Pipe Organ; Allen Renaissance R-450, 4 Manuel Organ; Baldwin Grand Pianos

Additional Information:
Dr. Karen Parthun is the Director of Traditional Worship and is available to answer any questions about the music program.

Posted: July 6, 2017


Part Time Organist
Bryan (80 miles)

First Presbyterian Church
1100 Carter Creek Parkway
Bryan, Texas 77802
Church Website

Contact: Ted Foote
Email
Contact Phone: (918) 520-7820
Church Phone: (979) 823-8073

Number and Times of Services:
Sunday: 10:45 am

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
Negotiable

Duties:
First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas, is looking for an organist to play two Sundays a month at 10:45 am. The church’s choral director serves as Director of Music. We hope for someone who is skilled in congregational accompaniment on hymns, who is capable of opening and closing voluntaries, and who is interested in a range of music style from classical to 20th century.

Qualifications:
Proficiency and skill with the instrument(s) and adaptability in working with music and clergy staff. May be an undergraduate or graduate student. Desire a musician hopeing to grow in both ability and experience while working diligently in collegial relationships with church staff and members who hold and cultivate a range of musical tastes.

Resources:
FPC-Bryan has a III/28 Moller in the chancel, and a 4-rank mechanical instrument in the balcony, which is also playable as an Echo division from the chancel console. The church also has a Mason & Hamlin Model A piano in the chancel and a harpsichord in the wing adjacent to the chancel.

Additional Information:
Those interested may contact Pastor Ted Foote for further details: tfoote@fpcbryan.org

Posted: July 1, 2017