Job Title: Interim Church Organist
Part-time Position (25 hours/week) with opportunities for
additional hours based on bell choir and/or children’s choir work
The Interim Organist may be considered for the permanent
Reports To: Director of Musical Arts
Central Presbyterian Church located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia has had a long history
of excellence in worship, music, and the arts. We view corporate worship as the central of
act of our faith community. From the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to
massed choirs accompanied by a pipe organ, from instrumentalists of all types and to
people joined in interpretive movement, the arts give expression to our faith when words
often fall short.
In the weekly life of our congregation, music and the arts support the Proclamation of the
Word. The Church Organist will be an integral member of Central’s vibrant and vital
Ministry of Worship, Music, and the Arts. The organist will be responsible for playing
for all congregational services, accompanying the Chancel Choir and other musical
groups, serving with the Music and Arts Committee, and assisting in all other musical
activities of the church.
Music and Liturgical Arts
Sanctuary and Sacraments
Bachelor of Music required. Major in organ performance preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a church organist preferred.
Excellent performance skills, technique and musicality.
Extensive experience in sacred music and knowledge of a wide variety of hymnody.
Understanding and familiarity with worship and liturgy in the Reformed Tradition
Bell Choir and/or Children’s Choir Experience a plus.
Play for all church worship services, both regular and additional as directed by the
Director of Musical Arts. This includes funerals/memorial services and weddings
conducted in the sanctuary or chapel as well as other worship services when an
organist is needed.
Accompany weekly Wednesday evening and Sunday morning choir rehearsals and
additional choir rehearsals throughout the choral season as directed by the Director of
Serve as accompanist for ensembles and soloists during church worship services,
special performances, and concerts when called upon.
Supervise use of the church organs, pianos, and instruments.
Plan, maintain, and use a comprehensive, appropriate, and growing repertoire for the
solo instruments used for voluntaries, offertories, and other service music.
Upon the organist’s absence from any service for any reason, secure a substitute for
the time involved and ensure that this person is familiar with the order of service and
is given ample time for practice.
Maintain an accurate account of organ and piano needs and maintenance and schedule
regular maintenance as needed.
Attend weekly staff devotions, worship staff meetings, and program staff meetings
(currently on Mondays but subject to change).
Manage the hiring of instrumentalists and guest artists including payments in
conjunction with the Director of Musical Arts.
Enter all music used in worship services into the service planning software as well as
the licensing/copyright organizations’ reporting website.
Participate in shared administrative aspects of managing the music and arts program.
Attend and represent the music staff at monthly committee (Music and Arts) meetings
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Musical Arts.
Please send cover letter and resume to Jennifer Sengin, Director of Musical Arts –
firstname.lastname@example.org. Position opened until filled.