First Baptist Church, Dalton, Georgia – Organist Position
311 N. Thornton Ave, Dalton, GA, 30720
First Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia, is seeking an organist for up to 30 hours per week. Primary responsibilities would include playing for one Sunday morning worship service per week, availability to play for special services (i.e. Holy Week, Lessons and Carols, etc.), and accompanying soloists and ensembles as needed. Sunday morning worship services involve playing hymns with a pianist and other instrumentalists, while also playing the prelude, offertory, and/or the postlude. Additional compensation is provided for weddings and funerals, for which the organist is given the right of first refusal. Other work responsibilities, plus compensation and total number of hours, are flexible and would be commensurate with the skills and passions of the individual. For example, a qualified organist candidate who has a passion for handbells could direct a handbell choir, or one who has strong administrative abilities could assist with the music library.
Overall, this position could be a “Sunday organist” (with salary beginning at $11,000.00), or could, with additional responsibilities, be a 10-30 hour per week position (with additional salary commensurate with hours, education, skills, and experience), depending on the candidate and his or her passions and desires.
First Baptist Dalton believes that the organ is a profoundly important part of its congregational song, in many ways serving as the breath of the congregation. The church’s 4-manual, 45-rank Schantz organ has quite a sound, with a large trumpet in both the back and front of the room – and a 32′ Bombarde. The main organ is installed behind screened grills in the front of the attractive colonial-style sanctuary. The Antiphonal is exposed on the rear wall of the balcony. A full list of stops can be found on the website of AGO Chattanooga.
Candidates should have significant education or experience in playing the organ, including playing in the context of congregational singing, while also possessing a heart for ministry and a collaborative spirit. Please send all inquiries and resumes to Adam Cogliano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Posted 1 FEB 2021]