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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.


Katy
Part-time Organist

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
5373 Franz Road
Katy, Texas 77493

Contact the Rev. Mark Wilkinson
Email: mwilkinson@stpaulskaty.org
Phone: (281) 391-2785

Church Website
Church Facebook Page

Number and Times of Services
Sunday, 10:30 am
Extra services: Christmas Eve (2 services), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday (2 services)

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
No midweek rehearsal; choir rehearsal is Sunday morning, 9:00 am – 10:15 am.

Duties
Provide organ music for Sunday worship service (prelude, postlude, anthem, hymns, and service music) and other services as noted; accompany choir rehearsal on piano and organ. Confer with the Music Director and Rector on the planning of hymns, service music, anthems, solos, and other music for worship.

Qualifications
Proficiency on organ and piano, college-level study of organ, experience in church music and in choral accompaniment.

Resources
Rodgers model 805 two manual electronic organ, Sangler (Pearl River) baby grand piano.

Posted October 21, 2021


Part-time Director of Music Ministries
Heights

Zion Lutheran Church
3606 Beauchamp St
Houston, Texas 77009

Contact Mindy Roll
pastor@zlchouston.org
(713) 869-1493

Number and Times of Services
1 at 11:00 am

Number and Times of Midweek Rehearsals
Negotiable; one midweek or one prior to 11 am service

Duties

  • Lead music ministries from inception through performance, whether Sunday worship or special music events (Lessons and Carols, Lenten and Advent services, etc.)
  • Recruit and train volunteers for the choir and handbell choir. When these choirs meet is at the discretion of the Director (Zion has traditionally had a weekday evening choir practice; there is openness to moving this practice to Sunday mornings, if this increases participation).
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise four paid Staff Singers, usually college students
  • Conduct regular and special rehearsals throughout the year
  • Work with the Pastor to plan and prepare music for worship in accordance with the themes of the church seasons, including attending staff meetings as appropriate
  • Play piano and organ at worship gathering, and other instruments, depending on ability
  • Submit musical selections to the church office prior to the worship gathering to be included in the projected slides
  • Recruit, teach and lead a children’s music program
  • Oversee maintenance of all instruments
  • Maintain and update the sheet music library
  • Arrange for a qualified substitute musician, when needed
  • Ensure all musicians are paid according to their current contract terms, or established rates for special and supply musicians
  • Other duties as assigned by the Pastor

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in music or related field, with an ability to read music and understand music theory (or significant experience in lieu of a degree)
  • A sense of calling to Church ministry, commitment to the Christian faith, and familiarity with Lutheran liturgy
  • Experience teaching and leading others in music
  • Ability to proficiently play the piano and the organ
  • Ability to lead a wide range of musical styles
  • Ability to communicate effectively across generations
  • Ability to select appropriate music for worship services and choir anthems
  • Excels in developing innovative and creative approaches to music programs
  • Displays a professional demeanor, treats all with respect, maintains a high work ethic, and leads with positivity
  • Ability to move between the organ on a slightly raised platform, and the piano maintained at floor level

Resources
Zion has a 3-manual, 42-rank Holtkamp and five octaves of Schulmerich handbells.

Additional Information
Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA), an open and affirming (Reconciling in Christ) congregation located in the historic Houston Heights, seeks an energetic and creative Director of Music Ministries. Zion seeks applicants who are confident in a wide range of styles in organ and piano. The ideal candidate would be comfortable conducting a weekly choir of volunteers and four paid staff singers, conducting a volunteer handbell choir (quarterly or more often, at the discretion of the Director), and encouraging innovation in music programs across generations. Familiarity with Lutheran worship and the seasons of the church year are valued characteristics of a potential applicant.

Through liturgy, music, and the arts in worship, Zion is invigorated each Sunday to show God’s love to neighbors throughout the week. Zion’s music ministry has long been a means of outreach to the community. Zion has offered Lessons & Carols in December, a Children’s Hymn Fest in the spring, and has conducted worship and special services with music ranging from jazz to polka to gospel renditions of familiar hymns and anthems. Zion values quality music including guest musicians, especially for festival worship. Zion has a 3-manual, 42-rank Holtkamp and five octaves of Schulmerich handbells.

The Director of Music Ministries will be given the reins to provide a fresh perspective on Zion’s music programs through their originality and resourcefulness. Zion is looking for someone who is passionate about their musical gifts and whose joy is contagious.

Interested candidates should please direct inquiries, resumes, and an audio and/or video file demonstrating skill to Pastor Mindy Roll at pastor@zlchouston.org. Priority will be given to applications received by October 31, 2021.

  • Expected commitment: 8-10 hours per week. Salaried at a maximum of 12 hours per week, paid within established guidelines for employees of religious institutions
  • First right of refusal to provide music for any funerals, weddings, or additional services
  • Four weeks of vacation
  • Dedicated office space for work, and space for music library on church campus
  • Continuing relevant education and certification expenses may be negotiated
  • Reports to the Pastor

Posted: September 19, 2021


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


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