Job Opportunity: Forty Fort United Methodist Church

Forty Fort United Methodist Church, on the corner of Wyoming and Yeager Avenues in Forty Fort, is looking to hire a new organist and choir director.

Responsibilities:
• To coordinate with the Pastor and Worship Committee the music for Sunday services and seasonal events, (i.e., Christmas time, Holy Week services)
• To arrange practice schedule for and accompany all choirs; presently adult choir, to include in future a bell choir, children’s choir and quartet
• To select anthems for Sunday and special services
• To arrange for soloists or other special music during summer months
• To provide substitute when on vacation or absent
• To provide accompaniment for weddings, funerals, if available (with additional remuneration provided)
• To be familiar with the United Methodist Hymnal and contemporary gospel music

Other job related duties:
• All guests organists must meet your approval, and obtain permission from the Pastor, before playing for an event

Benefits:
• Starting Salary : $7,500/yr (approx. 3-7 hr/wk)
• Vacation Time: 4 wk/yr (4 weeks incl. 4 Sunday)
• Personal Days: 1 wk (incl. 1 Sunday)

For more information, or to apply, please contact Rev. Dr. Philip Wanck, Pastor, by calling 570-287-4518 (office) or 570-955-7822 (cell).

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Thomas Murray to present Recital and Master Class in Wilkes-Barre

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We are pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Murray, Yale University Organist and one of our most distinguished American concert organists, will be presenting a Master Class for our chapter on Saturday, October 18th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre! There will be coffee and pastries in the church’s auditorium at 9:30 a.m., then the class will proceed from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the nave.

The class is made possible through The Richard Dower Education Fund, established in memory of Dr. Richard Dower, a distinguished member of our chapter who taught for many years at College Misericordia (now Misericordia University) in Dallas. There will be no charge for the class, but contributions will surely be most welcome to help us defray our expenses.

Professor Murray will be presenting a recital at St. Stephen’s, sponsored by Music from St. Stephen’s, on the previous night – Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. Thomas Murray is known throughout the USA and abroad as one of the finest exponents of the art of playing orchestral transcriptions on the organ, and his program at St. Stephen’s will surely include thrilling examples of his artistry in this realm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15, $12 for senior citizens (65+), students and WVIA members (with ID).