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Birmingham AGO will provide a service to the greater music community by posting notices on this page of positions that are open in area churches and schools.

Members of the American Guild of Organists are bound by our Code of Ethics and guided by our Code of Professional Standards available here AGO Ethics and Standards. Thus, we show respect to those whom we serve, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, socio-economic status, disability, or medical condition. These are the expectations for our members and employers who request the use of our Job Posting services.

Interested institutions and individuals are invited to send notices of positions available to our webmaster. Notices should include details of expectations of the applicant and contact information for position itself.

Job Seekers: Advertisement of a position on this page does not imply knowledge or endorsement by our chapter or the national AGO. You are encouraged to thoroughly research the job requirements and employment practices as you prepare to apply for a position.

 

ORGANIST/CHOIR MASTER - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Daphne AL (6-4-19)

St. Paul’s, an Episcopal congregation in Daphne, AL, seeks a part-time organist/choirmaster to further develop our already strong music program. The organist/choirmaster serves at the pleasure of the rector and is the central figure ensuring the quality, substance and appropriateness of the music that serves an integral part in the rector's and the parish's vision of ministry, to include maintaining our strong Anglican & classical musical tradition while recognizing the opportunity to introduce less traditional musical offerings in certain services or settings.

The candidate for this position should demonstrate an ability to have a good working relationship with the rector and choir, have proven experience in choral directing and organ performance, and preferably experience in the Anglican tradition. Saint Paul's organ was built by the Wicks Organ Company.

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Tim Op’t Holt, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 28788 N. Main St., Daphne, Alabama 36526 or email toptholt@southalabama.edu.

Click St. Pauls Daphne Job Desc to view a detailed job description. Visit the church website at St. Paul's Episcopal Daphne.

 

ORGANIST/PIANIST - First United Methodist Church, Troy Alabama (5-18-19)

First United Methodist Church, Troy, AL is looking for a part-time organist/pianist to play for choir rehearsals, church services, and other special/seasonal events. For further details, call the church at (334) 566-4400.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

  • Rehearse/lead choir, soloists and ensembles as directed by Music Director.
  • Coordinate with Music Director and schedule regular tunings/maintenance of organ, piano, etc.
  • Select service music suitable for liturgical season.
  • Participate in meetings.
  • Play organ/piano during regularly scheduled services.
  • Play as scheduled for special services, seasonal programs, evangelistic services, etc.
  • Play for weekly and scheduled choir practices.
  • Play during offertories as scheduled.
  • Arrange for a substitute when absent from a rehearsal or worship service.
  • Embrace other duties as required.
  • Optional: Play during weddings and funerals as employed by the individuals requesting such services.
  • Lead rehearsals and rehearse with soloists/ensembles, etc.
  • It is preferred and desired for the organist/pianist to demonstrate improvisational and transposition skills, but not required.
  • TALENTS AND ABILITIES DESIRED:

  • Cooperate with co-workers to meet church’s mission.
  • Conduct all business with professionalism.
  • Meet all necessary requirements in job duties.
  • Demonstrate quality Christian character.
  • Discuss confidential items with appropriate individuals.
  • Play hymns and other special music.
  • PASSION FOR:

  • Exalting God and connecting spiritually with the hearts of people through music
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    ORGANIST - South Highland Presbyterian Church, Birmingham (5-14-19)

    South Highland Presbyterian Church, at 2035 Highland Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35205, is seeking a part-time organist effective immediately. Please review the description, duties, and requirements below. To submit a resume and apply for the position, or to request additional information such as compensation, please contact Matthew Grauberger, Director of Music Ministry mgrauberger@southhighland.org.

    POSITION SUMMARY:

  • Plans, coordinates, and collaborates with the Director of Music Ministry to plan and execute the music used in worship at South Highland Presbyterian Church.
  • DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans, prepares, and plays music at the 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday worship services and arranges for supply organist or musicians(s) during absence
  • Accompanies Chancel Choir and vocal soloists during worship services, rehearsals, and additional services as scheduled
  • Coordinates musicians and rehearsals when additional instrumentation is involved in worship services.
  • Plays for weddings and consults with couple regarding music selections. Plays for or arranges for supply organist for weekday funeral services.
  • Supervises repair and maintenance of pianos and organs.
  • Recruits instrumentalists to become involved in providing special accompaniment in worship services and special programs at the church.
  • JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Background in and preferentially degrees in music education or performance
  • Familiarity with and abilities in performing both classical and contemporary service music as well as choral and instrumental works.
  • Empathy for accompanying; encouraging congregational singing.
  • Strong personal Christian faith and commitment.
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    ASSISTANTSHIP AND INTERNSHIP PACKAGE at THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA (2-08-2019)

    Available beginning Fall 2019 for a Graduate Organ Major at the University of Alabama:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Covers Half Tuition and a generous 9 month stipend AND
  • Henderson Organ Internship at Grace Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Grace Presbyterian Church - HENDERSON ORGAN INTERNSHIP - Tuscaloosa, AL

    Part-time: 6-7 hours per week

    JOB DESCRIPTION: The organist intern will assist the Director of Music and the Pastor in the music ministry of the church. The duties include, but are not limited to: playing Sunday morning worship services, weddings/funerals; accompanying choirs; and maintaining the church music library.

    COMPENSATION:

  • 1. Beginning salary is $12,000; negotiable based on experience
  • 2. Housing compensation is $3,900
  • 3. Four (4) paid vacation Sundays per year
  • ORGAN: Casavant, two manual with 45 ranks. It was originally built 1970 and was extensively rebuilt in 2011.

    CHURCH: Grace Presbyterian, PC(USA), follows the liturgical calendar, sings from the Glory to God hymnal, receives weekly communion, engages in local acts of social justice, and is intentionally inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.

    An audition and interview are required. The assistantship/internship is open until filled. If interested please contact Dr. Faythe Freese ffreese@ua.edu.