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Organist Position Information and Materials

Specific details of the half-time Organist position and broad background on APC's music ministry follow. You may also find each of these items in PDF format at the links here.

  • Overview of Music Ministry at APC is here in PDF and below.
  • Profile with details for application is here in PDF and below.
  • Schedule and Remuneration for Organist position is here in PDF and below.
  • Responsibilities for the Organist are here in PDF and below.
  • Organ Specifications and stoplist are here in PDF.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to apcorganist@gmail.com by June 1, 2018, for a September 1 start.

 

General Congregation Profile

Abington Presbyterian Church is blessed with a comprehensive, nationally renowned worship and concert music program which includes a graded choir program, comprehensive bell program, symphony orchestra, and a substantial concert series, Music at Abington. The congregation is well-known for its long-standing commitment to excellence in liturgy and music.

In May 2017, Kirby Lawrence Hill was installed as Head of Staff and Senior Pastor.

This spring the congregation will undergo a significant capital campaign to renovate and update the physical structures of its beautiful campus including increased accessibility to the building.

The organist works closely with the Director of Music Ministries, to whom he/she is responsible and with whom he/she plays an integral role in the planning of the entire music program.  The highest priority of the music department is to provide quality musical leadership in worship marked by music of integrity, support of the scriptures, and the integration with the focus of each service.  The music, whether for organ, choir or congregation, serves to enhance the total experience of worship.

The sanctuary’s pipe organ was originally installed by M.P. Moeller in 1969 with 58 ranks.  It was given a partial upgrade in 1996, converting to a digital relay and combination action with some tonal augmentations.  In 2014, Robert Gladden & Assoc. gave the organ a total overhaul including a new Walker digital relay and combination action, new four-manual console and expansion of all divisions of the organ to 85 pipe ranks and 20 digital ranks.  Congregational hymns, choral anthems, and organ repertoire represent a rich variety of traditional masterworks and new musical expressions of worship, faith, beauty, and humanity.  Music at Abington celebrating its 46th Anniversary Season, annually present performances by our choirs and the Abington Symphony Orchestra, and guest performances by a wide variety of musicians including professional chamber groups, handbell and gospel choirs, children’s programs, solo recitals, and jazz services.  Major works in recent years have included the Mozart, Duruflé, Brahms, and Fauré Requiems, Hadyn’s Creation, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Brahms’ Nänie, and newly commissioned works by Timothy Shaw and Peter Hilliard. There is a strong history of solo organ recitals by both the resident organist and guest artists along with organ concertos and symphonic works with the orchestra.

 

Position Profile and Information: Organist

Abington Presbyterian Church
1082 Old York Road 
Abington, PA  19001
(215)887-4530
Rev. Dr. Kirby Lawrence Hill, Head of Staff
John Sall, Director of Music Ministries
Contact E-mail Address: apcorganist@gmail.com
Website: www.apcusa.org

  • Position deadlines
    • Applications received by June 1 or until filled.
    • Intended start date of September 1.
  • Qualifications
    • Degree in Organ/Church Music and demonstrated excellence
    • 3-5 years minimum worship planning and leadership experience
  • Instruments:
    • 1969 Möller III/58, refurbished and expanded 2014 Gladden IV/105. Stoplist.
    • 1900, Steinway A, refurbished 2005
    • Choir Room:  1960s Kawai Grand
    • Parish Hall:  1922 Steinway ‘M’, rebuilt 2007
  • Congregation Ensembles (see full position description for details):
    • Cherub Choir (K-2nd grade)
    • Carol Choir (3rd-6th grade) - accompany
    • Chapel Choir (7th-12th grade) - accompany
    • Chancel Adult Worship Choir - accompany
    • Oratorio Adult Concert Choir - accompany
    • Joyful Bells (3rd-6th grade)
    • Festive Ringers (7th-12th grade)
    • Celebration Ringers (adults)
    • Abington Symphony Orchestra (adults and youth) community ensemble

 

 

Schedule, Remuneration, and Benefits: Organist

It is expected that an average work week will total 20 hours.  Actual working hours will vary depending on season and time of year.  Beyond time necessary for musical preparation and administration, the following time requirements are ongoing, except during the summer choir hiatus and vacations:

Sundays

9:30am - Choir warm-up rehearsal

10:00am - Worship

6:00pm - Chapel Choir Rehearsal (September through April)

Mondays

7:30pm - Abington Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal,

(only occasional involvement in preparation for concerts)

Wednesdays

5:00pm - Carol Choir Rehearsal (September through April) - Negotiable

Thursdays

7:30pm            Chancel Choir Rehearsal (September through May)

8:30pm            Oratorio Choir Rehearsal (September through May)

 

For the duties as listed among responsibilities, the annual salary, benefits and vacation time are as follows:

Annual Salary:                        $30,000

Continuing Education:            $1,000 per year

Weddings (each)                     $300

Funerals (each)                        $300

Paid vacation                          Three weeks/Sundays (predominantly in summer)

Additional leave                      Two weeks/Sundays (recitals, teaching, continuing ed.)

Benefits                                   Health Benefits Negotiable (Medical, Dental, Prescription)

 

Responsibilities: Organist

  • This position will report directly to and be under the supervision of the Director of Music Ministries of Abington Presbyterian Church including regular meetings.

  • Prepare and play for worship services including all service music
    • Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
    • All additional services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and other festivals as scheduled.

  • Option (right of first refusal) to regularly play for funerals and weddings, with set fees being paid by the respective parties.

  • Prepare for and accompany regular and special rehearsals for the adult and youth choirs, worship soloists, and for major works, serving as needed as accompanist, leader for sectional rehearsals, solo coach, or assistant conductor at times.

  • Accompany the Chapel Youth Choir on its annual (weekend) choir tour in the spring.

  • Coordinate organ and piano maintenance for the church with the Director of Music Ministries. This includes planned scheduling of instrument maintenance, recommending a budget to the Director and the Worship and Music Council chair, and communication about ongoing upkeep and projects with the technician/builder and APC.

  • Serve as ex-officio member and advisor to Worship and Music Council, Music at Abington committee, and worship staff, attending meetings as determined with the Director of Music Ministries.

  • As desired and able, prepare special solo or chamber recitals or concerted works for organ (and/or piano) for Music at Abington programs or other special services or events.

  • Maintain a schedule of regular hours for rehearsals and practice at the church.

  • The Organist may provide private lessons on site.

 

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