Jobs and Opportunities

When known, available positions for paid employment requiring an organist, choir director, pianist, or any combination of the above will be posted here.  We are also happy to advertise opportunities for voluntary service in church or choral music.  Contact information will be posted as provided by the employer, or the organization seeking volunteers, and it will remain until the closing date for applications, or until the position is filled, whichever comes first.

Please check back to this page for updates.  If you have any questions about the hiring process, feel free to contact us using the Contact page.  We’re here to assist both employers and job seekers so please don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Positions Available

Message from Leslee Gill at BELEN Presbyterian Church
We are in need of a choir director or a fill in piano player for our Sunday services because our last director left with no notice.  Linda Wilson, also a choir member, told me that you are either a musician for hire or a piano teacher who may have students who would be interested in earning some extra money. We pay $75 for 2 hours on Sundays, from 9 till 11 give or take a few minutes. There are only 5 of us in the choir at present, and we practice on Saturdays using mp3s of the hymns and recorded CDs for our special music. We have had a fill in pianist for the past 3 weeks and have someone for the last 3 weeks of July but that’s it till we can find a new director.
Our church is open with social distancing procedures in place; we have a requirement that all present be masked and use the hand sanitizer we provide, and we can provide a mask if someone forgets. The congregation does not sing, just the choir, but they do like to have music. We clean the church and sanitize every Saturday, including wiping down the pew bibles and hymnals.
Please let me know if you or anyone you know, would be interested.  Reply to: leslee.s.gill@gmail.com
Please reply direct to the church if you are willing and able to help them.
Comment by Jared Aragon who grew up in Belen:
I was organist and pianist at Belén First Presbyterian from 2007-2009 while I was a junior and senior at Belén High School. It’s where I was able to get my start playing the organ. They have a fairly new grand piano, and an older 2-manual Allen organ. Performed a recital there in June of 2019 of newly written works for oboe, percussion, and organ. Organ and piano were both well maintained.

**Recruitment is not moving forward on this job until after the COVID-19 restrictions on worship have been lifted.  Please do not apply until it is re-advertised, and this Notice removed.

All Saints Lutheran Church on Albuquerque’s west side is hiring an organist/choir accompanist. This is a 10-month interim position beginning August 1, 2020, with the possibility of renewing month by month or becoming a permanent position in summer 2021. 

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.     The organist will play for all but two Sunday services each month; 6 services in a month with 4 Sundays, or 8 services in a month with 5 Sundays.

2.     Select and provide appropriate pre-service and post service music and anthem (as needed) for Sunday morning services and seasonal and special services such as but not limited to Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Vigil of Easter, and Easter. Receives two Sundays off arranged with the Pastor.

3.     Accompany pastor and assisting ministers on chanted portions of the liturgy as required in services (includes pre-service rehearsals as needed). Assist supply pastors in becoming familiar with liturgy.

4.     Accompany the adult choir at one midweek rehearsal, other occasional rehearsals as needed and on Sunday morning.

5.     Accompany soloists as needed.

6.     Provide organ music for weddings and funerals held at the church as available. Consult with individuals involved as needed. For these services, the organist will receive an additional payment.

7.     The organist will monitor the condition of the organ, piano, and clavinova and report to the Office Administrator if maintenance or tuning is needed.

8.     On occasions when the organist cannot be present, the organist shall obtain a substitute and inform the Pastor and Office Administrator.

9.     Perform other related duties as deemed necessary by the Pastor.

 JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:

1.     BA or equivalent experience or training, and five years of experience

2.     Pass a background check

3.     Knowledge of music theory, including simple transpositions (as well as the ability to write out the transpositions as needed), ability to improvise and sight read music

4.     Competence in accompanying choirs, soloists and congregational singing.

5.     Ability to work well with others.

6.     Ability to adapt to last minute changes.

Other information:

Please send an application to:
All Saints Lutheran Church
4800 All Saints Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Phone: 505-898-3932

All Saints has an Allen three-manual Electronic Organ (MDS-51-S) with midi. For the list of specifications and stops, please consult the manual at https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1002235/Allen-Organ-Company-Mds-51-S.html?page=6#manual. Midi stops include: 128 General MIDI Sounds, 94 Allen-Sampled Organ Stops including principals, reeds, flutes, and strings, and theatre organ style reiterating percussions, 21 additional Allen-sampled Orchestral Instruments.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, interviews may be conducted via Zoom teleconferencing. If the current restrictions continue to exist into the summer months, finalists may be asked to submit audio recordings of their organ and piano play. We hope to have this position filled for an August 1, 2020 start date.


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