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Organist & Music Director

updated as of july 19, 2021

Music Director

Job Type: Full-Time

Schedule: Weekend and some evening availability

Work Location: One location

Work Remotely: No

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is an inclusive, life-changing, and serving faith community in Arlington, VA with an amazing, recently-refurbished organ. We are seeking a full-time Director of Worship and Arts Ministries to implement the traditional music ministry including adult, youth, and children’s choirs; organ music; and vocal and instrumental ensembles, under direction of the Lead Pastor. We are also seeking an Organist, which could be combined with this role for commensurate compensation.


Responsibilities include:

  • Directing and developing adult traditional music ministry, currently including The Mount Olivet Choir and Mount Olivet Chancel Ringers
  • Directing and developing youth and children’s choirs or coordinating with and mentoring volunteer leadership of youth and children’s choirs
  • Coordinating with the pastors in selecting music for worship services, particularly during special seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter up to 12 months in advance


Candidate qualifications should include:

  • Expertise in incorporating organ and vocal music into a worship service
  • Choral directing experience
  • Ability to recruit and work successfully in partnership with volunteers
  • Leadership, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to foster energy and enthusiasm for the church’s music ministry
  • Ability to work with the staff team in a covenant and strengths-based environment
  • Profession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, with a commitment to personal spiritual growth and healthy lifestyle, understanding this position as a religious vocation, and modeling standards and expectations of Christian service out of call and giftedness


Education and Experience Required:

· Bachelor’s degree in related field; graduate degree is preferred

· Paid staff experience in church setting

· Expertise in traditional organ, choirs, instruments, and worship planning

· History of successful recruitment and training of volunteers


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and video samples by August 15 to Pastor Teer Hardy at thardy@mtolivet-umc.org


Organist

Job Type: Part-Time

Schedule: Weekend and some evening availability

Work Location: One location

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is an inclusive, life-changing, and serving faith community in Arlington, VA with an amazing, recently-refurbished organ. We are seeking a quarter-time Organist to prepare and perform organ and piano music for the traditional Sunday worship services. We are also seeking a full-time Director of Worship and Arts Ministries, which could be combined with this role for commensurate compensation.


Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and performing organ and piano music for the church’s traditional Sunday worship services, normally at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., to include a prelude, postlude, psalter, offertory, doxology, communion music, and accompanying hymns and anthems
  • Preparing and performing organ and piano music for additional special services, including one service on Ash Wednesday evening, Maundy Thursday Tenebrae, and multiple services on Christmas Eve
  • Preparing and playing organ and piano for rehearsal of The Mount Olivet Choir, normally on Wednesday evenings, and Sunday mornings before services
  • Preparing and playing organ and piano for rehearsal of the Children’s Choirs, normally on Wednesday evenings
  • Preparing and performing organ and piano music for the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert
  • Coordinating with Director of Worship and Arts Ministries on selection and rehearsal of organ and vocal music for services and concerts
  • Optionally, preparing and performing organ and piano music for marriages and funerals, to be compensated by the person requesting the service
  • Reporting organ and piano maintenance needs to the Director of Worship and Arts Ministries


Candidate qualifications should include:

  • Proficient on both organ and piano in a variety of genres
  • Ability to work with the staff team in a covenant and strengths-based environment
  • Ability to work successfully in partnership with volunteers
  • Commitment to personal spiritual growth and healthy lifestyle, understanding this position as a religious vocation, and modeling standards and expectations of Judeo-Christian service out of call and giftedness


Education and Experience Required:

  • Considerable experience in organ and piano solo performance and accompanying vocal music in a church setting is required
  • American Guild of Organists Certification is preferred


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and video samples (preferably as links) by August 15 to Pastor Teer Hardy at thardy@mtolivet-umc.org