Asbury United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Job Description for Organist Position at Asbury United Methodist Church

 

Position:  Organist

 

Asbury United Methodist Church is an historic church (founded in 1886) in the center of Delaware, Ohio, one of the fastest growing areas in the country.  It is known for the beauty and integrity of its worship services and its strong commitment to social justice and community outreach.  It recently became a Reconciling Congregation, part of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

 

Since 2004, Asbury United Methodist Church has been home to the Asbury Organ

Academy.  Founded by the current organist, the purpose of the Academy is to offer organ instruction to young people with the hope of inspiring them to pursue advanced organ study and/or to become church organists and/or to be supporters of the use of the organ in worship.  To date, 28 young people have taken organ lessons at Asbury.  Four of these have gone on to major in organ at the collegiate level.

 

The Academy is supported by student tuition payments and private contributions.  Asbury provides the instruction and location for lessons and practice.  It is hoped that our new organist will continue to support and enable organ instruction.

 

Instruments:

Asbury has a three manual, 25 rank tracker action pipe organ built by the Johannes Klais Company from Bonn, Germany, and installed in spring of 2007.

 

There are two baby grand pianos, a Baldwin and a Mason & Hamlin, in the sanctuary and the adjoining great room, and a Zuckermann harpsichord.  There are also three smaller pianos in the educational building (one upright, two studio pianos). 

 

Asbury also has a three octave set of Schulmerich handbells as well as a set of handchimes.

 

Role: 

To lead congregational singing, to accompany the church choirs, and to support the worship service with appropriate musical offerings.

The organist collaborates with the Pastor and the Director of Music in the above tasks.

 

Responsibilities: 

  1. To provide organ service music year-round for the traditional worship service in coordination with the Pastor and the Director of Music.

 

  1. To prepare appropriate music for the special services:  Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Vigil, and two Christmas Eve Services.

 

  1. To prepare sufficiently for optimum performance on the organ or piano for both rehearsals and worship.  Current rehearsal time for the Teen Choir is from 5:30 to 6:00pm on Wednesday.  Rehearsal for the Chancel Choir is from 7 to 8pm on Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:25 on Sunday mornings.

 

  1. To accompany soloists in worship as needed.

 

  1. To provide special music as needed, in collaboration with the Director of Music.

 

  1. To attend staff meetings, worship committee meetings, and special worship planning sessions throughout the year, as needed.

 

  1. To play for special gatherings of the church when requested by the Pastor.

 

  1. To play for funerals or weddings.  Duties and compensation are covered in the Wedding Guidelines presently in effect.

 

  1. To provide for appropriate substitutes for worship services or special events when not available.

 

  1. To participate in one or more of the eight First Thursday Noontime Recital Series programs (October through May).

 

  1. To accompany/perform on Arts Series events as needed.

 

  1. To plan with the Director of Music for the care and tuning of the organ and pianos.  This includes maintaining the service/repair log established with the installation of the organ in 2007.

 

Leave and Professional Development: 

The organist will have four Sundays off annually, and may request Sundays off for professional development   purposes.  Consideration will be given for special circumstances.

 

Evaluation: 

Performance reviews will be conducted annually by the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.  This committee determines compensation in consultation with the Church Finance Committee.