Church of the Good Shepherd in Lyndhurst, Ohio is seeking an Organist/Music Director.
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Keyboard player (not a classical organist); very good musician, technically proficient.
Comfortable with variety, flexible, versatile. Creative.
Positive. Open-minded, open to multiple worship styles.
Willing to play blended music (both hymns and contemporary praise music) and global music.
Willing to learn the music and liturgy of the Episcopal Church.
Comfortable with letting other music leaders choose the weekly songs.
Willing to perform along with guitars, autoharp, percussion, and also atypical instruments.
Ability sight-read decently.
When services are needed
Usually: playing for one weekly service (with vacation).
One practice session per week.
Extra services around holidays.
Occasionally attend Worship Committee meetings to provide input.
Asked to play for weddings and funerals, paid extra via an honorarium by the family.
Specific time commitments
The Sunday morning service is from 10 am – 11:30 am, approximately.
Rehearsals could be on a weeknight (preferred) or Sunday before the service (approx. 9 am).
Usually: leading music from the keyboard, while cantors lead singing, and other instruments accompany.
Sometimes working with a small ad hoc choir for special anthems.
Occasionally teaching congregational singing.
Possibly teaching songs to children/youth for special events.
Accompanying a hand bell choir a few times a year.
Range of music
Episcopal hymns, Spirituals, Contemporary Christian Music, Christian music from around the world, classical pieces, special pieces for pageants, etc. CCLI is a source of songs.
Good Shepherd’s music ministry is made up of individuals who are passionate about serving the Lord and glorifying Him through music. They use voice and instruments to proclaim the Good News of Christ and to lead the congregation in worship. Since Good Shepherd has a multi-sided worship space with the altar in the middle, the musicians are near the parishioners. Their involvement in the service is personal—not from a distance. In addition to the keyboard, some musicians sing, others sing and play instruments. Instruments range from guitar and autoharp (almost every week) to rain stick, bongo, harmonica, and mandolin. Music is chosen to suit its function in the service and to complement the Biblical themes of the day. Typical music selections are as diverse as “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” “Morning Has Broken,” “Wade in the Water,” “Ode to Joy,” “Days of Elijah,” and “We are Marching in the Light of God.” The musicians take their work seriously, but work together like a family with humor and love. Decades of blended music and the more recently added global music are Good Shepherd’s hallmarks, and the Joy of the Lord is our strength (adapted from Nehemiah 8:10).
Are you meant to be part of the team?
Making it Official
Contract to be signed; agree to work until the agreement is terminated either by you or by the parish.
$630/month is the salary for Sunday services + rehearsals.
Faith is preferred, but not mandatory.
Being able to sight-read very well.
Being able to improvise.
Knowing other musicians who could sometimes join us to enhance our worship.