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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.

 

PART-TIME DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP AND CHANCEL CHOIR - Mountain Chapel UMC, Birmingham (7-9-21)

Mountain Chapel UMC, located at 2541 Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, AL 35243, is looking for a part-time choir director and music leader. Duties center on rehearsing and directing the choir for two services each Sunday and also on special occasions. Review Mountain Chapel UMC Job Desc for details. The salary range is $25K-$30K.

If interested, contact Ms. Amy Plourde, Staff Parish Relations Chairperson, at 205-542-7482. To learn more about the church, visit Mountain Chapel UMC.

 

PART-TIME ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY - Avondale FUMC, Birmingham (6-9-21)

Avondale United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is seeking a part-time Organist and Director of Music Ministry. The primary responsibilities of the position are to provide appropriate music for a weekly service of worship that is aligned to the liturgical and/or scriptural message of the day as well as directing, rehearsing, and accompanying choral anthems and leading congregational hymns. Other responsibilities include playing for special seasonal worship services, directing and accompanying a seasonal children’s choir, contracting instrumentalists and vocalists for special occasions, and playing for weddings and funerals as the need arises.

This is a 10-12 hour per week position. All candidates shall be asked to demonstrate proficiency through an informal audition process. The organ is a 24-rank instrument built in 1930 by E.M. Skinner, Op. 802, and installed at Avondale in 1941 by Aeolian Skinner, Op. 802-A.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and three references to Rev. Malinda Weaver malinda@avonumc.net.

 

PART-TIME PIANIST - First United Methodist Church, Trussville (6-3-21)

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTION: The Church Pianist has part-time responsibilities for playing the piano or organ for the various worship services of the church while providing accompaniment for the choirs and other musicians participating in worship. The church pianist will work positively as a part of the staff team to provide worship experiences in music while fulfilling the vision and mission of the FUMC Trussville.

See FUMC Trussville Pianist to read or print a description of this position.

Contact Richard Searson, Jr., Traditional Worship Music Minister, at 205-655-3259 or richard@fumctrussville.com for further information. To learn more about the church, visit FUMC Trussville.

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR / ORGANIST / CHOIR DIRECTOR - Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham AL (5-24-21)

POSITION START DATE: Earliest November 1, 2021 to overlap with and learn from current Music Director, needed by January 1, 2022

RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Cantor (an ordained clergyperson)

HOURS: The job entails around 10 hours per week most of the year, most notably including the preparation for and accompaniment of Friday evening and Saturday morning services. However, the job ramps up to about a half-time position in the month leading up to the High Holy Days, starting in July or August depending on the Hebrew calendar. Then during the first two weeks of the High Holy Days, in August or September, it's almost a full-time job. The two to three weeks following that are again about half-time, then back to normal.

ABOUT TEMPLE EMANU-EL: Temple Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish congregation, engaging members in prayer, study, fellowship, and acts of loving kindness for our congregational family and the Birmingham community at-large. It is the largest synagogue in Alabama with over 600 family units.

Our worship style blends classical music with a folk sensibility. On Friday evenings, the more contemporary style takes precedence, while on Saturday mornings and most other Holy Days, the classics are more prevalent, especially over the High Holy Days. Musically, the history of this congregation is on the performative side, reflecting its Classical Reform heritage, but things are beginning to change, with clapping and congregational singing becoming more frequent all the time.

To learn more about the congregation, visit the synagogue’s website Temple Emanu-El.

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION: The primary responsibility is to accompany the Cantor for Shabbat services. Rehearse with Cantor as needed for each service, and provide accompaniment on piano, organ, and/or digital keyboard. Ability to read lead sheets is essential, and some facility with transposition is highly desirable. Excellent improvisatory skills are required in order to effect smooth transitions between parts of the liturgy. Knowledge of Jewish liturgy and worship music is desirable, as is the ability to follow Hebrew texts, though neither required, as they can be learned.

Accompany Cantor for Selichot, Festival services, and special events as determined by clergy, rehearsing with Cantor in advance as needed.

Provide choir and organ music for High Holy Days.

The High Holy Day component of the Music Director position entails the following responsibilities:

  • Contract professional singers for choir.
  • Audition and prepare new singers as needed.
  • Collaborate with clergy to plan all music and cues.
  • Prepare singers’ music list for each service.
  • Prepare singers’ music binders for all services.
  • Prepare organ accompaniments for all music.
  • Rehearse all music with full choir.
  • Rehearse solo pieces separately with Cantor.
  • Rehearse with other soloists as needed.
  • Prepare solo organ pieces for service preludes, interludes, and postludes.
  • If unavailable for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or another occasion, engage and prepare a substitute accompanist.

    Times away are arranged with and approved by clergy.

    Provide organ or piano music for occasional weddings, funerals, or other projects when available.

    Contract and prepare choir for occasional special services (presently less than once per year).

    Supervise the care and maintenance of musical instruments in Sanctuary, Chapel, and Music Room by entrusting that work to qualified professionals.

    Maintain the choral library and choir vestments.

    Fulfill other responsibilities as determined by clergy.

    Be flexible, both musically and in planning with clergy.

    INSTRUMENTS: Most of the services at Temple Emanu-El take place in the Sanctuary, and are accompanied on a completely reconditioned 1917 Baldwin 7-foot concert grand piano. For all High Holy Days services and many Saturday morning Sabbath services, we use the three-manual, 36-rank Schantz pipe organ (Op. 796), installed in 1966, with mechanical and tonal updates completed in 1992. Occasionally, a “contemporary”-style service employs a Yamaha P-80 Electronic Piano. The Chapel houses a Yamaha grand piano and a Rodgers 2-manual digital organ.

    QUALIFICATIONS: A Master's degree or doctorate in music is a plus, but not a requirement. Similarly, experience in another organist, choir director, or music director position is desirable, but not necessary.

    TO APPLY: Please submit the following to rwittner@ourtemple.org:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position.
  • Resume with three recent references.
  • Evaluation of applications will start immediately. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

     

    PART-TIME ORGANIST - First Baptist Church, Auburn AL (4-18-21)

    Our organist provides music for choral and congregational singing in worship along with organ interludes and offertories. We have one traditional service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. There might be occasional midweek rehearsals, preparing for seasonal presentations.

    Our Schantz organ was completed in 1977, and it has three manuals and forty-three ranks. Compensation will be determined on training and experience.

    To learn more about the church visit FBC Auburn.

    If interested, please contact Dr. Tripp Martin tmartin@auburnfbc.org.

     

    PART-TIME ORGANIST - First Presbyterian Church, Auburn AL (1-27-21)

    Below is the job description for the part-time organist position available May 24, 2021, in Auburn, AL. To learn more about the church visit FPC Auburn.

    If interested, please send a Letter of Interest and Resume to Dr. Damion Womack, Director of Music, dwomack@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

    CHURCH ORGANIST JOB DESCRIPTION

    PURPOSE: To provide appropriate organ/piano music for services of worship.

    ACCOUNTABILITY: Accountable to the Co-Pastors and to the Director of Music.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide organ/piano music for all traditional worship services, including Sunday traditional services, mid-week services (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week) and all special occasions where the organ/piano is the primary instrument used as required by the Session.
  • Rehearse with and accompany the adult choir at mid-week rehearsals (normally Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.) and one-half hour prior to Sunday worship under the leadership of the Director of Music.
  • Work cooperatively with the Co- Pastors and the Director of Music to plan and prepare music for worship service and other special services.
  • Prepare appropriate music for weddings and special services; consult with Co-Pastors and Director of Music and approve musical selections for weddings and special services.
  • Coordinate with Director of Music regarding selection of music for the bulletin and/or newsletter.
  • Participate in church staff meetings and retreats as needed.
  • Attend conferences and professional meetings for professional development and spiritual growth as needed.
  • RELATIONSHIPS: Accountable to the Director of Music for the music program of the church and to the Session and the Worship Ministry in the performance of his/her responsibilities.

    START DATE: May 24, 2021

    If interested, please send a Letter of Interest and Resume to Dr. Damion Womack, Director of Music, dwomack@hawks.huntingdon.edu.