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First Presbyterian Church

Church Organist

First Presbyterian Church
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

Date Posted: 02/18/2013
Categories: Music Ministry
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:


  • Vibrant and growing commitment to Jesus Christ, cultivated through established disciples of prayer, Bible study, fellowship and worship.
  • Strong musicianship and demonstrated skill on the organ and piano in a variety of musical styles.
  • Strong accompanist abilities and experience accompanying choirs and congregation.
  • Personal characteristics of integrity, discernment, and a teachable heart.
  • The ability to work well with professionals and laity alike.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Reformed Tradition a plus.
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in organ strongly preferred.

General Responsibilities:

  1. Meetings
    • Participate in all staff meetings as scheduled for Ministry Staff.
    • Participate in department and worship planning meetings and with the music department staff as needed and scheduled for the purposes of planning, scheduling, calendaring, and preparation of choir.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Worship services and performances: Serve as the principal organist and collaborative keyboardist (especially piano; possibility for harpsichord) for the traditional worship services and for the Sanctuary Choir, special ensembles, and soloists. Play additional services as needed, including Christmas Eve; Ash Wednesday; Maundy Thursday; Holy Week services; Christmas concerts; Sanctuary Choir concerts; and other meetings and services that may be held at FPC.
  2. Rehearsal duties: accompany all choir rehearsals, Sunday anthems, and special concerts for the Sanctuary Choir, other ensembles, and soloists.
  3. Oversee the maintenance and repair of the organs and pianos of the church.
  4. Coordinate and recommend substitute organists as needed.
  5. Serve as the principal organist for weddings and funerals, and arrange substitutes when necessary. (Additional compensation provided through honoraria for weddings and funerals.)
  6. Rehearse and direct the choir in the absence of the Director of Music/Traditional.
  7. Practice Time: practice weekly to maintain quality of service playing and accompanying. A minimum of eight hours of practice time per week is expected.
  8. Present an annual organ recital.
  9. Other duties as may be assigned consistent with the rationale for this position.

Reports to: Director of Worship & Music/Traditional, and accountable to the Senior Pastor as the Head of Staff


Rationale: The church organist is a Ministry Staff position at First Presbyterian Church with responsibilities in the Music Department and worship services as the principal organist and accompanist of the church.


Position: Part-time Ministry Staff. Approximately 15 hours per week on average. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Vacation as provided in church policy and one week study leave are granted annually.


Relationships:  The organist is a member of the Music Department, which includes the Director of Worship and Music/Traditional, the Director of Worship and Music/Contemporary, and the Technical Producer of Worship.  In addition, the organist is a member of the Ministry Staff of the church.