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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. To ask that a position be removed, contact the webmaster. Positions will be listed for 90 days unless otherwise advised.


Part-time Organist
Museum District

Covenant Church
4949 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77004

Contact Linda Phenix
Email organist.search@covenanthouston.org
Phone (713) 705-8036
Church Phone (713) 668-8830

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services

  • Two Sunday services
  • Other occasional services including Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
Thursday evening choir rehearsal: 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Duties

  • Leading hymn singing
  • Accompanying the choir
  • Accompanying choir rehearsal
  • Providing a prelude, offertory, and postlude

Qualifications
We are seeking candidates with a degree in organ, preferably a Master’s degree plus 5 years experience. The successful candidate will be accomplished with a wide variety of organ literature, will be a strong, creative hymn player, and an accomplished accompanist for choir, smaller ensembles, soloists, and instrumentalists within the congregation. The position also requires good interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills.

Resources
The organ was built in 1893 by the Hook and Hastings organ company of Boston for the First Baptist Church in Georgetown Kentucky. It has two manuals and flat pedalboard. There is also a Yamaha grand piano in the sanctuary.

Additional Information
The congregation has a strong appreciation of organ music, and sits and listens through the end of the postlude before leaving.

Covenant Church affirms the sanctity, dignity, and equality of all human beings. We welcome persons of all racial and ethnic heritages, all sexual orientations, all gender identities, and all faith perspectives. We stand for each individual’s right to worship God and to respond to God’s call in their own understanding of God’s love.

Posted August 23, 2021


Part-time Principal Organist and Choral Accompanist
Museum District (Midtown)

First Presbyterian Church of Houston
5300 Main Streel
Houston, Texas 77004

Contact Daniel Wagner
Email dwagner@fpchouston.org
Phone (630) 890-9292
Church Phone (713) 620-6500

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services
One 10:45 (with likelihood of two in the future)

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
One – Thursday 7-9 pm, additional special concert and rehearsals as scheduled well in advance, and Christian Holy Day Services

Duties

  • Worship leadership for the traditional services from the Aeolian-Skinner organ and the Steinway D.
  • Accompany all choral rehearsals
  • Primary Organist (pianist) for weddings and funerals, assigning qualified subs as desired and necessary) These services provide significant additional compensation for the FPC organist.

Qualifications

  • Priority of the role of the organ as an instrument of worship leadership
  • Mastery of technique, registration, choral accompanying, sight-reading, improvisation
  • Flexibility and ready knowledge of varied hymn-based voluntaries, preludes and postludes, as well as advanced recital literature for special occasions.
  • Excellent proficiency as a choral rehearsal accompanist
  • Reasonably broad knowledge of hymnody and choral repertoire
  • Advanced degrees and artist’s diplomas, as well as AGO Certifications, are excellent indicators of these skills, and therefore are desirable in a candidate, but all candidates who possess the skills will be given full consideration.

Resources

  • 72-rank Aeolian-Skinner (Schoenstein updates 1993) Details of this fine organ may be be found here
  • 11-Rank Aeolian-Skinner in the Chapel
  • The Sanctuary also includes a 9-ft. Steinway D in Walnut.
  • The church also owns a harpsichord, and rehearsal pianos are excellent.

Additional Information

  • Once familiarizing oneself with FPC and these stated values, qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and links to audio and/or video to dwagner@fpc.org.
  • After an initial conversation, if in-person interviews are warranted a process will be agreed upon that will include the Director of Worship, Directors of Choirs, and other qualified search team members.
  • Teaching privileges are available in cooperation with the church calendar.
  • The Principal Organist is responsible to Dan Wagner, FPC’s new Director of Worship, and serves directly under our choir conductor, Dr. John Yarrington, all in a cooperative spirit with our pastoral staff.
  • FPC is a member of “ECO” (Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians https://eco-pres.org). Candidates should familiarize themselves with ECO and First Presbyterian Church’s philosophy, ministry, and beliefs.
  • First Presbyterian Church is in the heart of the museum district as is renowned for its storied history, its vital current ministry, and its fine music program. This highly sought-after part-time position will provide competitive compensation commensurate with responsibilities.

Posted August 23, 2021


Full-time Accompanist (Organist/Pianist)
Atascocita/Humble/Kingwood

Atascocita United Methodist Church
19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr.
Humble, Texas 77346

Contact Chase Gaines
Email chase@aumc.org
Phone (281) 852-1000

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services:
1 Traditional Service – 11am (9am call)

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
Wednesdays:
Children’s Choir – 5pm
Men’s Choir – 6pm
Chancel Choir – 7pm

Duties

  • 12-15 hrs/wk
  • Exceptional sight-reading abilities, proficiency on organ and piano, collaborative skills required
  • Two weeks (rehearsal and service) paid vacation per year

Qualifications
Bachelor of Music – Piano/Organ; Master’s degree preferred

Resources
Johannus Rembrandt 397 Organ
Wm. Knabe & Co. Grand Piano
K. Kawai Baby Grand Piano

Posted August 17, 2021


Full-time Organist/Pianist
Memorial/Spring Branch/Katy

Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist, Houston
11976 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77024

Contact Marsha Langlois (church clerk)
Email clerk8cs@sbcglobal.net
(713) 468-7377

Church Website

Number and Times of Services:
Wednesday 7:30-8:30
Sunday 10:00-11:00

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
Musicians (organist & soloist) rehearse independently during the week, communicating with each other regarding accompaniment, when necessary.

Duties

  • Preparing appropriate selections for prelude and postlude, continually expanding the repertoire.
  • Rehearsing solo and hymns with soloist, 9:00-9:30 on Sunday morning, as well as communicating with soloist during the week regarding the preparation of solo accompaniment.

Sundays

  • 9:00-11:15 (service – 10:00-11:00)
  • Accompanying congregational singing of three hymns, accompanying soloist, playing prelude, offertory music, and postlude.

Wednesdays

  • 7:00-8:45 (service – 7:30-8:30)
  • Accompanying congregational singing of three hymns, playing prelude and postlude.

Qualifications:

  • Organ and piano proficiency playing traditional church music.
  • Proficient sight-reading skills.
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate with soloist to create a harmonious and uplifting musical experience for the congregation.
  • Punctuality and reliability.

Resources

  • Allen Chapel Series Organ (purchased new in 2016)
  • Kimball Grand Piano

Additional Information
Open auditions, by appointment, September 9-14, 2021.

Posted August 9, 2021


Part-time Accompanist
Rosenberg

First Untied Methodist Church, Rosenberg
1127 3rd Street
Rosenberg, Texas 77471

Contact Ryan Gagnon
Email: Ryan@FUMCRosenberg.net
Phone: (713) 898-5640

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services
1 Service (mostly traditional) at 10:00 AM, as well as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter services

Regular choir rehearsals immediately follow Sunday services and last from approximately 11:00-12:00

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
None

Duties

  • Program and Perform Appropriately Themed Service Music on Piano or Organ (most services require 3 selections)
  • Accompany a Small Adult Choir in Rehearsals and Performance During Sunday Services
  • Accompany Hymns (most services contain three hymns and organ is usually preferred)
  • Accompany Occasional Soloists

Qualifications
A degree in music or equivalent experience in church music

Resources
Organ | Rodgers Windsor 840 Organ
Piano | Yamaha Console

Additional Information
Pay is $150 per service and $50 per rehearsal

Posted July 20, 2021


Part-time organist
Jasper, Texas

First United Methodist Church
329 N. Bowie Street
Jasper, Texas 75951
United States

Contact
Tod Lawlis
Email music@fumcjasper.org
(409) 384-5735

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services
One traditional service each Sunday at 10:30 am. (Special seasonal services, i.e. Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve)

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
Wednesday, 6:45-7:45 pm (negotiable, contingent upon candidate availability)

Duties

  • Plan, rehearse, and produce music for worship services. (Music for congregational singing is chosen by the Director of Music and Arts.)
  • Provide the office staff with the organist’s service music for the weekly Order of Worship not later than the Thursday before the Sunday it is to be played. Music selections are the prerogative of the organist but should, when possible, be selected to reflect the theme of the service and/or the season of the church year.
  • Accompany Chancel Choir as needed.
  • Accompany soloists as needed.
  • Play for weddings and funerals held in church.
  • Attend yearly August choir retreat.
  • Keep a record of the instrument’s maintenance concerns/needs and coordinate maintenance or repairs with the DoMA.

Qualifications
The organist must be capable of selecting and providing a wide variety of appropriately-themed preludes, offertories, and postludes, and should be familiar with The United Methodist Hymnal, The Faith We Sing, and the Cokesbury hymnal.

The organist should possess:

  • the ability to navigate skillfully a variety of musical styles,
  • the ability to creatively enhance congregational singing,
  • the desire to maintain and improve keyboard skills through regular practice in order to perform to a high standard,
  • commitment to Jesus Christ and His church,
  • a degree in music, preferably with an emphasis in organ and piano, or adequate experience in church music, and
  • the ability to work with persons in a professional manner to affirm and develop their abilities, gifts, and graces.

Resources
The sanctuary instrument is a Rogers 955 3-manual organ (with MIDI).

Additional Information
To initiate the application process, email videos of two contrasting organ performances and one worship hymn, as well as a letter of interest and resume to Tod A. Lawlis, Director of Music and Arts. The position will remain open until filled.

Posted June 28, 2021


Part-time Organist/Pianist (Part-time Staff Accompanist)
Northeast Richmond/Southwest Katy/Northwest Sugarland

Faith United Methodist church
4600 FM 359
Richmond, Texas 77406

Contact Todd King
Email todd.king@faithumc.org
Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services:
Sunday: 7-8 am individual practice time, 8:15-8:45 am rehearsal with Chancel Choir, 9-10 am Traditional Service

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals:
Tuesday: 7-9 pm Choir Rehearsal (occasional Handbell Rehearsal at 6 pm)

Duties

  • Provide organ/piano music for all traditional worship services, including Sunday traditional services each week in the Worship Center from 9-10 am, (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week) and all special occasions where the organ/piano is the primary instrument used.
  • Rehearse with and accompany the Chancel Choir at Tuesday rehearsals from 7-8:30 August through June, and again on Sunday morning from 8-8:45. The choir does not rehearse during the month of July.
  • Rehearse with and accompany Soloists, Instrumentalists, and Handbell Choir for the traditional worship service and other special worship services, when necessary on organ or piano.
  • Provide regular organ solo works (Prelude, Postlude and occasional Offertory, and other supporting selections) for the traditional worship service and other special worship services, as needed.
  • Work cooperatively with the Director of Traditional Worship to plan and prepare music for traditional worship service and other special services.
  • Provide organ/piano music for weddings and funerals held at Faith UMC in collaboration with senior and associate pastors, or arrange for a substitute, if unavailable. (Pay for weddings, funerals, and memorial services is compensated additionally, based on an established fee schedule.)
  • Rehearse with and accompany the Chancel Choir for all selected events such as concerts and Dinner Theater rehearsals and performances.
  • Maintain a continuing professional level of musical training appropriate to the position as it evolves in the future.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Music degree required (an emphasis in organ performance preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to play a dynamic range in organ and piano music required (classical to gospel)
  • Demonstrated ability to accompany choirs and individual musicians required.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability playing in a worship setting required.
  • Understands how music contributes to the flow and meaning of worship.
  • Exhibits a commitment to the Christian faith.
  • Organizational skills, interpersonal relationships, and team player.
  • Technical expertise with piano and organ accompaniment.

Resources

  • Worship Center: ADC 4300DK, 2 manual Allen Organ (64 stops)
  • Worship Center: Petrof Grand
  • Worship Center: Electronic Keyboard
  • Chapel: Nordiska Grand

Additional Information

  • Pay Scale: $37.44 per hour
  • Required Weekly Schedule: (7-8 hours weekly) 3 hours Sunday morning, 2-3 hours Tuesday, 2 hours personal practice time.

Posted April 16, 2021


Part-Time University Organist
Southwest Houton

Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, Texas 77074

Contact David Kirkwood
Email dkirkwood@hbu.edu
Phone (281) 649-3204

Website

Duties

  • Maintain all university organs as follows:
    1. Serve as the liaison between the university and Létourneau Limitée
    2. Secure reputable technicians for maintaining all university organs.
    3. Function as the liaison between organ technician(s) and the university to ensure the university’s pipe organs and electronic organ are well-maintained.
    4. Advise University Administrators on the issues (other than tuning) that need attention and require funding.
  • Provide organ accompaniment, as needed, for:
    1. Major university events such as Graduation, Opening Convocation, Founder’s Day, Award’s Day, and other university-wide events as requested by the Administration
    2. HBU Choir concerts for Major Works
    3. Hymn accompaniment for Student Music Forums
    4. Other performing requests as schedule allows and at organist’s discretion. The University Organist may establish & charge a fee for all non-university functions, to be paid by the organization or person(s) requesting the service.
  • Manage the Organ Recital Series
    1. Secure guest artists for three recitals per semester
    2. Perform on Organ Recital Series once per year
    3. Promote the Organ Recital Series internally and externally
    4. Grow and sustain a larger regular attendance
  • Teach secondary instrument applied organ lessons to piano majors at the current adjunct rate of pay.

Qualifications
The successful candidate must possess a minimum of Master’s Degree in Organ.

Resources
Smith Organ

Additional Information
Please apply here.

Posted April 16, 2021