Please forward all
applications for the position of Organist to the Church
- see Contact Us.
JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE ORGANIST/CHOIR
The job of the
organist-choir director is to participate in the
creation of worship. Worship is the glorification of
God by Godís people, and the nourishment of Godís people
by Godís Word and Sacraments. As a co-creator of
worship at Westminster-St. Paulís, the organist-choir
director works with the minister(s) and the Worship
Group to enhance the ministry of music within the
congregation. This position must foster and
promote a healthy Christian atmosphere.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Ability to play proficiently
various styles of music on organ and piano.
- Ability to recruit, direct
and motivate a volunteer church choir.
- Ability to select both
contemporary and traditional music for purchase and
presentation, which is complementary to the
style of worship.
- Ability to work as a team
leader and team member.
- A degree or certificate in
music from a recognized school or academy is preferred.
- Sensitivity to and some knowledge of Presbyterian
worship, especially as this is expressed through music.
Provide organ or piano musical accompaniment during
and 15 minutes prior to regular Sunday morning
services and for other special services e.g. Good
Friday, Christmas Eve.
Conduct weekly choir rehearsals, and prepare the
choir for special services.
Meet regularly with the minister(s)
to co-ordinate and plan worship services.
Minister(s) will select hymns; organist usually
Participate in regular meetings of
the Worship Group.
Select and purchase choir music, in
collaboration with the Worship Group, which is
suited to the blended worship style of the
congregation and the strengths of the choir.
Prepare a music budget proposal
annually and an annual report.
Play for weddings and funerals held
at the church (Personal schedule will be
Rehearse, as needed, with
individuals, small groups and instrumentalists.
Promote, encourage and support the
use, during services, of a variety of instruments
and music groups (e. g. vocal or instrumental
soloists, ensembles, trios, choirs) who may or may
not be regular choir members.
Provide accompaniment for
intra-mural congregational events or church-group
meetings, where there is music (Personal schedule
will be considered).
Be available to play for extra-mural
services conducted as a ministry of outreach from
Westminster-St. Paulís to the community e.g. nursing
home services, or as an ecumenical venture (Personal
schedule will be considered).
Arrange for a competent substitute
organist for absences due to vacation, continuing
education, leave of absence, and when possible,
Arrange, in collaboration with the
minister(s) and Worship Group, for others to carry
on a ministry of music during period, e.g. the
summer months, when the choir is on holiday.
Be supportive of other musical bodies
e.g. a junior choir, a hand-bell choir, should any
such arise within the congregation, by acting as
their leader, or as a resource to their leader(s).
Keep a record of the hymns (including
numbers and names of tunes) and anthems used each
week, and file music.
Care for and arrange maintenance for
the musical instruments with appropriate approval.
- TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Hours of work:
This part-time position
includes a Thursday evening choir rehearsal, Sunday
morning service, and other time as required
for meetings, planning, etc.
A three-month probationary period
applies to all new employees at which time a review of the employeeís work will be
An annual review will be
conducted by the Personnel Committee.
- Remuneration will be
commensurate with a part time position based on
qualifications and experience.
- Additional monies for each
funeral and wedding service are to be paid by those
requesting the service in accordance with a scale
approved by Session.
- Remuneration will be reviewed annually. Change to
remuneration requires approval at the annual
- Two weeks paid vacation
annually after one year of service, with substitute
organist paid by congregation.
- Annual continuing education
allowance of one hundred and fifty dollars, with
congregation paying organist supply costs for one choir
practice and one Sunday. Session to approve date of
continuing education event. Time cumulative up to three
years by which time it must be used or forfeited.
- Annual sick leave of up to
Leave of absence:
Absence for other
than vacation, illness and continuing education will be
considered upon agreement of the minister(s) and Music
and Worship Committee. Substitute organists for such
leave will be arranged for by the organist, and paid by
the employer in lieu of payment to the regular organist
during such leave.