Church Organist/Pianist

March 29, 2021

Hampden Highlands UMC is seeking an Organist/Pianist. Please send a resume and cover letter to Rev. Spencer Shaw at to set up an interview! Church Organist is responsible for providing organ music throughout the year and for providing piano accompaniment for the voice choir during rehearsals and Sunday performances as needed. * Ministry Area/Department: General staff/administration
Accountable To: Pastor(s)/SPRC/PPRC
Type of position: Part-Time; Salary commensurate with experience. Spiritual Gifts, Skillset, Talents and Desired Abilities: Education in organ, Bachelor of Music preferred. Familiarity with both traditional and contemporary Christian church music. The ability and willingness to work enthusiastically and collaboratively with others in a mostly volunteer environment. Good organization and planning skills. Passion For: Working within a Christian faith based environment; the role of music in Christian worship; continuing music education and experiences Length of Commitment: One year minimum desired.
ANTICIPATED TIME COMMITMENTS * Expectation of 10-15 hours weekly with occasional high periods (important holy days such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Easter, etc.) Not expected to work any state or federal holidays. No paid sick leave or vacation days. For days needed for sick leave or vacation, employee should provide notice in writing to the Pastor and SPRC chairperson as soon as possible or at least one week in advance. *
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES The Organist plays a 1909 Hook and Hastings Tracker Action Organ in a variety of styles throughout the year for Sunday services (prelude, offertory, communion, postlude, hymns, responses, etc.). Services are presently at 10:00 a.m. all year. As needed, the Organist accompanies the voice choir on piano during the voice choir anthem on Sunday mornings. The Organist provides accompaniment for a short congregational hymn-sing at the beginning of Sunday services. There are special services, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, funerals, ecumenical services, etc., where the Organist’s services are also required. The Organist is part of the church’s Music Team, which consists of the Organist, Bell Choir Director, Voice Choir Director and Pastor. The Music Team meets monthly with the Worship Committee to coordinate worship related issues. Twice a year, the Organist also participates in Worship Committee retreats for long-range planning. The Organist accompanies the voice choir on piano during rehearsals (which take place every Thursday evenings during the academic year) If the Organist cannot be present at any event where an organist is needed, he/she is responsible for making arrangements for a substitute organist. The Organist assesses the equipment and supply needs and makes recommendations to the Finance committee and Music Team. The Organist schedules a tuning service call the organ once a year. Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Music Team.
WORK CONDITIONS + MORE INFORMATION As the organ is located on an elevated platform, the ability to climb a short flight of stairs is a physical demand of this position. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances dictate. * COVID-19 precautions Remote interview process Personal protective equipment provided or required Social distancing guidelines in place Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place Worship services comply with CDC/State/New England Conference of The United Methodist Church Guidelines.

Contact: Rev. Spencer Shaw

Address: 44 Kennebec Rd. Hampden 04444-1341