Organist/ Piano Accompanist

Organist/ Accompanist

First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Illinois seeks an Organist/ Accompanist to provide organ and piano music for our worship services and accompany our choir.

Primary duties include:
1. Participation in one Sunday morning blended (traditional & contemporary) service, including prelude, postlude, other service music, leading the congregation in hymn singing, and accompanying choir anthem.
2. Occasional participation in a second, contemporary Sunday service.
3. Accompany Thursday evening choir rehearsals, and any additional rehearsals scheduled.
4. Participation in special services as determined by the church calendar (e.g., Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve), and occasional special events, such as choir programs or concerts.
5. Care for our two pipe organs, working with the Director of Worship and Music to arrange for tuning and repair, as needed.
6. Play for weddings and funerals as requested, for additional compensation.
7. Maintain a collegial relationship with the Director of Worship and Music, Pastoral staff, choir members, instrumentalists, praise band members, and AV coordinator, and the entire First Pres staff as necessary to accomplish the church’s ministry.

Position requirements
1. Authentic relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and a desire and ability to use music to enhance worship among the congregation.
2. Skilled organist and pianist, able to play a variety of styles of music. Improvisation ability and strong sight-reading ability required. Ability to read open score desirable.
3. In coordination with Director of Worship & Music, ability to select music fitting to the occasion, sermon topic, and overall flow of the service.
4. Team player, willing to work with the staff and congregation to accomplish the church’s mission.

Information regarding our organs
1. Sanctuary Organ – Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. Opus 1321 (1955). Three manuals, 4 divisions, 45 stops, 59 registers, 56 ranks, 3263 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.
2. Walker Chapel Organ – Austin Organs, Inc. Opus 2509 (1969). Three manuals, 4 divisions, 30 stops, 23 registers, 29 ranks, 1727 pipes

Compensation/ hours
This is a part-time position, approximately 12-15 hours/ week. Compensation is negotiable based on credentials.

To apply, send resume and links to performance video to Elizabeth Brown, Search Committee Chair, at fpceorganist@gmail.com.

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