Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church
Job Type
Salary Details
$10,000 and up
Contract Type
Hours per Week
10-15 hours per week
Closing Date
Position Title: Choir Accompanist and Pianist Reports To: Director of Music

Job Description

Job Description
Position: Choir Accompanist and Pianist
Part time, 10-15 hours/week

Serves for two Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.
Occasional will play for joint services with blended music. (Praise & Worship and Traditional)   .
Selects and plays music for preludes and postludes. Occasionally volunteer musicians may play, freeing the accompanist of this duty for that week as the Director of Music sees fit when planning weekly music. 
Plays for additional services, rehearsals and retreats throughout the year. 
Serves as rehearsal accompanist for weekly chancel choir rehearsals on Thursdays from 7:15-8:45 PM and on Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM.
Accompany the UMM singers on fourth and fifth Sundays for the 8:30 AM service.
Accompany the hand bell choirs when needed. 
Holds two office hours/week to meet with Director of Music.

Service music generally includes prelude, hymns, call to prayer, choral anthem/special music during the offertory, choral response, postlude, and monthly communion.  Must be willing to accompany vocal or instrumental soloists occasionally, as well as be willing to play duets or other ensemble music. Must be able to improvise as necessary to fill any additional space during the service as directed by the Director of Music. 

Prelude and postlude titles with composer must be submitted to the Director of Music weekly by Tuesday.  Selections should correspond to the liturgical calendar.

“Extra” services may include: Good Friday Tenebrae, Easter Sunrise service, Christmas Eve services, occasional choir concerts, recitals, etc. as well as any additional worship services scheduled by the pastoral staff.

Additional rehearsals to prepare for special services, programs, with soloists, or other groups as needed. Arrive at least 15 minutes before any choir call time.

Meet with Director of Music and to plan and prepare for upcoming services/events.

Funeral/Wedding Policy:
   The accompanist has first right of refusal for church funerals and weddings where piano only will be used, unless the family specifically requests another musician.  Funeral compensation for church members is paid for by Mount Pisgah UMC whereas wedding pay, as stated in the wedding policy, is the responsibility of the family and set by the organist/accompanist.  It is the organist/accompanist’s responsibility to collect wedding pay.

Proficient as choral accompanist and in congregational accompaniment
Ability to sight-read piano and choral repertoire
Ability to play choral parts and open score
Flexible and able to work as part of a team
Familiarity with Methodist liturgy is a plus

Degree(s) in music and minimum of three years’ experience preferred

Be a team player by being supportive of decisions made by supervisor and leadership.
Be prompt in returning phone calls, voice mails, emails, and texts.
Maintain confidentiality.
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Be a devoted Christian, and a role model for children and youth.

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Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church



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