West Jefferson United Methodist Church, West Jefferson, OH, a multi-generational congregation with varying service styles in the Columbus area, is seeking a part-time accompanist. Instruments are an A.J. Brandt pipe organ, rebuilt by Muller Pipe Organ; Charles Falcone baby grand piano; and Yamaha Clavinova.
Church Location: 36 S. Center Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162
Classification: Part-time; approximately 10 hours per week – competitive salary, commensurate with education and experience.
Position Description: Accompanist for two Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; Accompany the Chancel choir at the 11:00 Service; Accompany Chancel Choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings (excepting summer); Provide piano music and choir accompaniments and any extra rehearsal required for additional special services, Cantatas, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week. Accompany any vocal or instrumental soloists or ensembles. Play for wedding and funerals, as needed, with pay negotiated by accompanist.
Necessary Skills: Excellent piano skills – technical dexterity and accuracy; command of the instrument; improvisation skills a plus; ability to play hymns with proficiency and sensitivity; a passion for music ministry. Excellent accompany skills; excellent sight-reading skills. The candidate should possess the ability to play a variety of different musical styles.
Education: A degree in music is preferred or previous experience as a paid accompanist. Must be a team player who works well with others.