Organist position - Buckingham UMC Garland
January 17, 2018
Position Title: Organist/Accompanist
Organization Name: Buckingham United Methodist Church, 1212 W. Buckingham Rd, Garland, TX
Job Type: Part-time     # of hours/week: n/a

Organization Website:

  • Annual Pay (Competitive salary as negotiated)

  • Education/Experience Required: Minimum – Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or BA in Music

  • Coordinate with the Director of Music and the staff in planning, preparing, and playing music appropriate to each service of worship. Sunday services are at 8:30am and 11:00am.

  • Select, prepare, and play voluntaries, etc. appropriate for the season or day on organ or piano.

  • Play for additional worship services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

  • Accompany the annual Christmas cantata, which includes chamber orchestra.
    Accompany the chancel choir and attend weekly rehearsals.
    The organist will be offered first right of refusal to play weddings, memorial services, and funerals.
    Advise Director of Music regarding organ and piano maintenance.
    Acquire substitutes when absent.
    Vacation per calendar year: as negotiated
    Instruments in sanctuary – 11-rank Bedient tracker and 1950’s Kawai grand piano

About the organ:

    The Sanctuary Organ was built by the Bedient Pipe Organ Company in 1992. This 2-manual, 11-rank tracker pipe organ was installed when the new sanctuary at BUMC was completed in 1992. The organ beautifully fills the worship space of the 400 seat sanctuary. This unique organ is a compilation of advances in organ building but is as close a representation of a 17th and 18th century European organ as you can get. Gene Bedient is one of only a few American organ builders who has studied 17th and 18th century European organ construction and applied those principles to the design of modern instruments.
    The organ is entirely handmade, including the 668 individual pipes. The case is white oak, and other woods used in the instrument are sugar pine, mahogany, rosewood, ebony, western red cedar and poplar. It is a beautiful pipe organ with flawless craftsmanship. The instrument is a "tracker" organ, an organ term synonymous with "mechanical action." It denotes a system of providing instantaneous air to the pipes. The "trackers" are small wooden linkages which are connected to the keys. When the organist depresses a key on the keyboard, a mechanical link inside the organ is pulled which then opens a valve system admitting air immediately to the corresponding pipe. This tracker system is extremely desirable because it gives the organist a rhythmic and melodic sensitivity in playing that is not possible with organs constructed by other methods.

Bedient Pipe Organ Company, Opus 35     1992
Swell                                      Great
Cornet II                                 Mixture III
Flute 2'                                   Octave 2'    
Spitzflute 4'                           Praestant 4'
Gedackt 8'                             Rohrflute 8'
II/I                                           I/Pedal
Subbass 16'                           II/Pedal

Contact information
Applicants may send a letter of introduction and résumé to

Posted on January 23rd, 2018
JOB TITLE: Parish Organist

Full Time Position
An ideal candidate will work collaboratively with current Sacred Music personnel to lead the congregation in worship, demonstrating the depth and power of sacred music. He/She will have a passion and vision for the practice and sharing of music within the context of worship, specifically (but not limited to) music in the Anglican liturgical tradition. This candidate will have an appreciation for the breadth of the Anglican musical tradition, and for the variety of music found within the approved hymnals of The Episcopal Church (Hymnal 1982; Lift Every Voice and Sing; Wonder, Love and Praise), as well as appreciate new music being written for the Church. He/She will support all sacred music programs in recruiting and retention of volunteer and scholarship musicians, in cultivation of a collaborative spirit among music program members, and in community outreach. 
The Parish Organist is responsible for playing the organ for worship services (including weddings and funerals), and accompanying in rehearsal and performance all music program ensembles – the Parish Choir, Canterbury Bells, and children’s music programs.  He/She will be expected to direct the choir(s) in the absence of the Parish Choirmaster and assist other staff members and volunteers involved in the music ministry. 
He/She will help provide liturgically appropriate music for worship services, increase congregational appreciation in their understanding and practice of sacred music, assist as needed in all areas of music ministry, and work with clergy in maintaining the Church of the Heavenly Rest’s high musical standards.
•    Perform as an experienced organist for Sunday services, Evensongs, weddings and funerals, Feast days, and other times as needed. 
•    Serve as rehearsal accompanist for Parish Choir and Children’s Choirs.  Be available to accompany for special music provided during worship services.
•    Collaborate with the Sacred Music staff, Rector and staff, as needed, to plan regular and special services appropriate to the lectionary and the season of the Church year.
•    Develop and maintain sacred music library.
•    Schedule and oversee usage of facilities for music events in conjunction with Sacred Music staff.
•    Be responsible for maintenance of all keyboard instruments.
•    Attend weekly staff meetings with the clergy, Rector, and staff. 
•    Help coordinate professional and/or volunteer staff, as needed to ensure a sacred music program of high quality.  
•    Perform any and all other duties as assigned by the Rector.

The Parish Organist must demonstrate a clear sense of calling to ministry through music and serve as a spiritual leader of the church.  This person must possess a willingness to collaborate with the current sacred music staff and clergy in articulating a vision for the Heavenly Rest music program.  High-level musical skills of score-reading, accompanying, improvisation, and conducting are needed.  An understanding and appreciation of the church calendar and Episcopal liturgy is required. 
EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree in Music required; advanced degrees in music preferred, directorship of church music, organ performance and/or conducting or the equivalent.  
SKILLS:  Knowledge of basic computer programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Reader, etc.); and supervisory ability. 
STATUS: Exempt
Full time role, salary negotiable based on experience and qualification.  $250 fee for weddings and funerals. 
Aeolian Skinner Organ
A new Sacred Music Center of 3,200 sq. ft. will soon be completed in the old Parish Hall.  This will include an acoustically accurate Choir Rehearsal Hall, acoustically accurate Handbell Rehearsal Room, Music Library with a new Wenger Music Library Shelving System, Women’s and Men’s Robing Rooms with a joint restroom, two offices, a small coffee bar, technology—recording and viewing capability, and a large storage area to house a second grand piano and other items, with double doors that open up directly to the Choir Rehearsal Room.
Susetta Rockett, Parish Music Administrator

About us:
The Church of the Heavenly Rest has been an established Episcopal parish in Abilene, TX for 135 years. This growing parish has more than 500 members with 300-400 people attending weekly worship services.  Our recent capital campaign raised $6,700,000 to complete our new Parish Hall, renovate existing parish hall to create a Sacred Music Center, and reinvigorate our existing Parish House.  Heavenly Rest partners with St. John’s Episcopal School (Pre-K-5th grade) which has more than 260 students.  
The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest is a Christian community of faith rooted in the Anglican tradition.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament, we seek to know the reconciling love of God and to share that love with others.

Posted on January 13th, 2018
Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano, Texas is seeking an Organist/Accompanist, principally playing the 2017 Schlueter 3-manual pipe organ. Grace’s vital, growing music ministry consists of a 60-voice adult choir, 50-voice youth choir, 5 handbell choirs, contemporary praise band, and graded children's choirs. The ideal candidate is a fine organist with strong piano accompanying skills. 
This is a part-time position with competitive compensation commensurate with training and experience. 
To apply, send an e-mail to and include your resume and contact information. Confirmation of receipt will be sent by email.
Please, no phone calls.
GPC Organist Search Committee

Posted on December 5th, 2017
Associate Director of Worship & Music/Organist

New World United Methodist Church, Arlington TX, a vibrant urban church has an opening for a gifted musician to serve as Associate Director of Worship & Music/Organist. This position is ¾ time. Opportunities include: service playing for two worship services weekly, accompanying the Chancel Choir, assisting with a fully graded Children’s Music program, Handbells and a Youth Music program. Excellent keyboard skills at organ and piano required, as well as gifts in working with a team to continue a great worship and music program.  Position is open January 1, 2018.

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Steven Couch
New World UMC
Arlington, TX 76012

Posted on October 20th, 2017
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