Emmanuel is seeking a skilled organist to share responsibilities, beginning this fall. A successful candidate may play for the majority of services (this is to be determined). The music committee will interview qualified candidate and listen to a brief audition. Previous experience playing for liturgical services is preferred. Candidates should provide a resume before the end of July to assure that they can be considered.
Worship at Emmanuel
Services are traditional and liturgical, using hymns and liturgy from Service Book and Hymnal (1958). Some hymns will use an alternate hymn tune more familiar to the congregation. A music committee selects hymns/tunes in advance to complement the church season, Scripture lessons, sermon topics, etc. The organist may select other service music (preludes, postludes, background music for communion distribution, other “special music”) including traditional, classical, or sacred arrangements appropriate to the part of service when used. The pipe organ is the chief instrument for hymns and liturgy; the organist may opt to use the grand piano for music during communion distribution.
In addition to two Sunday services each week, there are six Wednesdays during Lent, plus Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Each have morning and evening services (total 16 services). Additional services are on Ascension (2), Thanksgiving (1), Christmas Eve (2), Christmas Day (1), and a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday. The schedule for organists will be decided among those available to play.
An existing choir accompanist rehearses and accompanies the choir in season (approximately September through May). When choir is off, an organist may play special music or individuals may be asked to sing. Compensation to rehearse/accompany soloists is not available at this time. An organist may be requested to play for a wedding or funeral. If working with a soloist for one of these events, additional compensation is provided.
Considerations and Expectations of an Organist
The organist will:
* work closely with pastor and with other music staff to assure that services go smoothly
* schedule with other organist(s) to assure all services are covered, adhere to this schedule
* coordinate with pastor and elders regarding vacation days and substitute organists
* select/ practice appropriate service music; provide timely prelude/postlude information to the
church secretary for inclusion in bulletin
* if possible, fill in if another organist becomes unavailable
* lead and accompany the congregation in a manner that promotes singing of the hymns
* attend music committee meetings and provide hymn selection input when possible
* honor requests to play for weddings or funerals if possible
To apply for this position, or for more information, please contact Pastor Edward Engelbrecht
or the church office at the address or phone number shown above
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