Job Opportunity: Friedens Lutheran Church, Friedens

IMMEDIATE NEED
Part-time Church Organist/Choir Accompanist Friedens Lutheran Church
Duties:
• Play for two hour-long Sunday morning services (8:00 and 10:30) at least
26 weeks each year
• Accompany adult choir for Wednesday evening practice and Sunday
morning anthem
• Play for special services, including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday,
Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday
Requirements:
• Proficiency playing pipe organ and/or piano
• Experience playing traditional Lutheran liturgical service music is a plus
Pay is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience, on a “per service” basis.
Please submit letter of interest and resume to Beth Pile, Director of Music, digitally to Elizabeth.pile@yahoo.com or via U.S. mail to Director of Music, Friedens Lutheran Church, 131 South Main St., Friedens, PA, 15541.

Job Opportunity: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topton

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topton is seeking a part time Music Director/Organist to support their single Sunday service each week at 9:00. The church wishes to fill this position by the end of November. The applicant will also be responsible for directing & rehearsing a small choir.

Trinity’s pipe organ (two manuals, 22 ranks, and 47 stops) and was installed six years ago.

Trinity has approximately 50-60 in reduced worship attendance since reopening from COVID shutdown.

Total hours per week is estimated at 10-15. In addition to the regular Sunday service, the church has (1) Lenten service, (2) holy week services and Christmas eve services.

This is a part time position with annual salary range of $14,000 to $18,000 based on experience. There are no benefits except for four weeks paid vacation. The organist usually plays after Trinity’s service at Grace Lutheran Church’s 10:30 service, at the Topton Lutheran home for an additional $125 per service.

For more information or to apply, please contact Wanda Golden, church Administrator, at TrinityToptonOffice@gmail.com.

Tuning and Temperament: An Organ Workshop

Maria Zengion will be leading an interesting presentation on organ tuning and the various temperaments that have been historically used. You might have heard, and not necessarily understood or remembered, some of the various tuning systems that have been implemented over the past few centuries. This presentation will provide you with the background to better understand the implications and challenges of playing various organ literature, as well as the tuning intricacies that can affect tonality/pitch matching for choirs and instrumentalists.


The presentation will begin at St. Luke’s Episcopal in downtown Scranton and then travel across the street to St. Peter’s Cathedral. Please plan to attend this exciting event on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM. The favor of a reply is appreciated so we can plan for the appropriate number of attendees. Thank you!

Job Opportunity: College Hill Presbyterian, Easton

College Hill Presbyterian Church, a warm and welcoming congregation that is open to all, seeks a part time organist and pianist to support and enhance the church’s long tradition of excellence in worship. The successful candidate will draw on strong organ skills and piano proficiency to enrich the worship of the church, accompany the adult choir and collaborate with the Pastor and Music Program Director to plan and conduct the worship of the church. Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience; range is $15,000-$20,000 per year with 4 weeks paid vacation. Applicants should send cover letter, resumé and references to Matt Mardis-LeCroy: pastor@collegehillpc.org.

Job Opportunity: Christ Mertz Lutheran, Fleetwood

Christ Mertz Lutheran Church, Dryville PA, is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Music; approximately 20 hrs/week. The position requires a demonstrated proficiency as both a performer and director with the ability to play the organ and piano. A background in directing choral, musical groups (i.e. bell choir, contemporary music groups), playing for Sunday services, and knowledge of the Lutheran liturgies are key qualifications. The successful candidate will possess an enthusiastic willingness to be creative and work as a team member in the development of church music programs. Compensation is commensurate with experience/ability. A degree in music is desired.

Applicant can submit resume to: Attention: Director of Music Search to christ@christmertz.org or to Christ Mertz Lutheran Church, 16 Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522.

Job Opportunity: St. Stanislaus Cathedral, Scranton

The Saint Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral in Scranton, PA is seeking a skilled, experienced organist to play its three manual 41 rank Austin pipe organ for Sunday worship services, Holy Day Liturgies, and other services and functions, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and recurring parish events. The selected candidate will also serve as Director of Music Ministry, cooperating with the pastor and other music staff, to plan and coordinate the music program. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting adult and youth church choirs. Degreed candidates familiar with the Catholic liturgy are preferred. Others are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a ¾ salaried position ($25,000-30,000), based on education and experience, with benefits and additional stipends for special events. Interested candidates should email Bishop Bernard Nowicki at bishop@saintstanislauspncc.org or telephone at (570) 343-6017.

Job Opportunity: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg

Part time Organist/Choir Director, Bloomsburg, PA. Duties include but not limited to: Providing organ music for weekly Sunday church services, choosing hymns and service music, conducting weekly practice with an established choir, interfacing with church leadership and laity. Facility with organ and piano. Interpersonal and communication skills a must. Competitive salary. For more information or to apply, please contact Jim Robertson at jasbrob@aol.com. Start date is April 26, 2020.

Job Opportunity: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topton

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topton,is seeking a Music Director/Organist to support their single Sunday service each week at 9:00 a.m. The church wishes to fill this position by March 1st. Currently Trinity only has a Senior choir with 9 members. The applicant will be responsible for directing and rehearsing the choir. Trinity has a 2 manual, 22 rank pipe organ that was installed 5 year ago. Music Budget for 2020 is $2200 not including organ/piano maintenance and salaries. The church has approximately 60-75 in attendance each week. Total hours per week is estimated at 10-15. In addition to regular Sunday service we have (1) Lenten service, (2) holy week services and a Christmas Eve service. This is a part time position with annual Salary range is $14,000 to $16,000 with no benefits except for (4) weeks paid vacation.
For more information or to apply, please contact Dennis Evans at 484-648-1506, or dennyevans66@gmail.com.

Diane Belcher Recital

Diane Meredith Belcher, concert organist, will perform this Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Our chapter is co-sponsoring this exciting performance with Music from St. Stephen’s. Diane is an internationally renowned, multi-faceted classical musician whose virtuoso performances have been described by American Record Guide as “glowingly brilliant, rhythmically vibrant, consistently expressive.” Having made her solo recital debut at age 15, she has since garnered widespread acclaim as organist, organ teacher, choral conductor, church musician, professor of music theory, and composer. A free-will offering will be received to support Music from St. Stephen’s (suggested donation – $10 per person).

Job Opportunity: Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey

Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, PA is seeking a full-time Director of Music Ministries (DMM) who will provide vision and leadership for a music ministry in harmony with our mission statement, “to proclaim God’s word, share God’s love and practice God’s justice and our vision “to be an inquiring, inviting and inclusive Christ centered community.

The DMM plans, produces, and provides music ministry programs that create community, educate listeners, and glorify God. Music is a vital part of our ministry together, so we seek a Director who leads from a place of spirituality rather than performance and who promotes a music ministry that is inclusive of various people, talents, and styles of worship music. We are passionate about mission and desire a missional music ministry that not only leads in worship but also reaches out and ministers to our community.

The Director of Music Ministries (DMM) will be a ministry leader in the church who will report directly to the Pastor (Head of Staff) and work in collaboration with our dedicated staff and congregational volunteer leaders. The DMM will have a passion for sharing their love of God and of music with children, youth, and adults.

Core Responsibilities:

Fosters and creates communication and com­munity within the music ministry of Derry and promotes a philosophy of music in the service of worship.

Provides music and musical leadership at Sunday services and special worship services in partnership with the Sanctuary Choir Director.

Directs and rehearses the handbell choirs, the youth worship ensemble, and other choirs and ensembles as needed.

Collaborates, oversees and supports volunteer directors with resources, encouragement, and communications to ensure all ensembles and choirs have leadership.

Is active in the music and arts community in the Hershey/Harrisburg area and builds rela­tionships with local musicians.

Provides music for member funerals and memorial services and works with pastors and families in the selection of appropriate music for weddings, funerals, and memorial services.

Is responsible for the administration and expenditure of the music ministry budget.

Leads efforts to recruit new choir and ensemble members.

Searches out and is receptive to the intro­duction of diverse musical genres, styles, and programming for worship and concerts.

Qualifications & Characteristics:

Evidence of formal organ and choral training along with demonstrated skills.

A deep love of the musical and spiritual formation of children and youth.

Leadership skills for initiating, developing, and maintaining a high-quality music ministry program.

Demonstrated excellent teaching and communication skills.

Efficient and effective administrator with strong attention to details.

Inclusive of all in the music ministry, regard­less of race, gender, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, and any other characteristic.

Willing to plan and develop new styles of worship; open to new ideas.

Ability to use music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius to arrange music and parts.

Interested? Send a one-page cover letter that speaks to your experience and passion for music ministry, a résumé, and contact informa­tion for three professional references who can attest to your skills and abilities as a choir director and/or organist to Kathy McGrath at kathy.mcgrath09@gmail.com. Applicants are encouraged to submit links to streaming audio or video of their current choir and/or organ playing. For more information go to www.derrypres.org. See News – we are hiring.

Job Opportunity: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hawley

A part-time organist is needed for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hawley, PA. The organist is responsible for providing music for one Sunday worship service including special services and holidays. Experience with Lutheran Liturgy and ELW hymnal is preferred, but not required. Appropriate background checks/clearance expected. Salary is negotiable. Please send resumes to:
Attn: Rev. Colleen Cox
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
405 Church Street
Hawley, PA  18428