Interim Organist – Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

Job Title: Interim Church Organist
Part-time Position (25 hours/week) with opportunities for additional hours based on bell choir and/or children’s choir work
The Interim Organist may be considered for the permanent position.
Reports To: Director of Musical Arts

Summary:  Central Presbyterian Church located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia has had a long history of excellence in worship, music, and the arts. We view corporate worship as the central of act of our faith community. From the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to massed choirs accompanied by a pipe organ, from instrumentalists of all types and to people joined in interpretive movement, the arts give expression to our faith when words often fall short.
In the weekly life of our congregation, music and the arts support the Proclamation of the Word. The Church Organist will be an integral member of Central’s vibrant and vital Ministry of Worship, Music, and the Arts. The organist will be responsible for playing for all congregational services, accompanying the Chancel Choir and other musical groups, serving with the Music and Arts Committee, and assisting in all other musical
activities of the church.

Direct Reports:  None

Committees Resourced:  Music and Liturgical Arts, Sanctuary and Sacraments, Wedding Guild, Memorial Guild

Salary Range: $34,500-44,500 plus benefits (Commensurate with experience and consideration for additional ensembles)

Bachelor of Music required. Major in organ performance preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a church organist preferred.
Excellent performance skills, technique and musicality.
Extensive experience in sacred music and knowledge of a wide variety of hymnody.
Understanding and familiarity with worship and liturgy in the Reformed Tradition preferred.
Bell Choir and/or Children’s Choir Experience a plus.

Play for all church worship services, both regular and additional as directed by the Director of Musical Arts. This includes funerals/memorial services and weddings conducted in the sanctuary or chapel as well as other worship services when an organist is needed.
Accompany weekly Wednesday evening and Sunday morning choir rehearsals and additional choir rehearsals throughout the choral season as directed by the Director of Musical Arts.
Serve as accompanist for ensembles and soloists during church worship services, special performances, and concerts when called upon.
Supervise use of the church organs, pianos, and instruments.
Plan, maintain, and use a comprehensive, appropriate, and growing repertoire for the solo instruments used for voluntaries, offertories, and other service music.
Upon the organist’s absence from any service for any reason, secure a substitute for the time involved and ensure that this person is familiar with the order of service and is given ample time for practice.
Maintain an accurate account of organ and piano needs and maintenance and schedule regular maintenance as needed.
Attend weekly staff devotions, worship staff meetings, and program staff meetings (currently on Mondays but subject to change).
Manage the hiring of instrumentalists and guest artists including payments in conjunction with the Director of Musical Arts.
Enter all music used in worship services into the service planning software as well as the licensing/copyright organizations’ reporting website.
Participate in shared administrative aspects of managing the music and arts program.
Attend and represent the music staff at monthly committee (Music and Arts) meetings.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Musical Arts.
Please send cover letter and resume to Jennifer Sengin, Director of Musical Arts – Position opened until filled.

[Posted 23 NOV 2022]