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Keyboard Accompanist (Organist/ Pianist)

First United Methodist Church in Des Plaines (  has an opening position for an Accompanist (Organist/Pianist). The person assisting in this position will support the Worship and Music Ministry of the church through excellence in keyboard skills (multi-rank organ and piano). It is expected of the accompanist to have a passion for the worship experience and a strong Christian faith. The Organist/Pianist will report to the Director of Music Ministry, the Senior Pastor and the Church Staff’s Chairperson, and will support the mission and statement of the church. A performance audition for this position would be required. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and any questions to by September 30, 2017.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performance of keyboard music on two Sundays services each month (1st and 3rd), including prelude, hymns, choral accompaniment, postlude, etc., in harmony with previously scheduled worship themes & focuses. Sunday services take place from 10:00am – 11:30am.
  • Provide keyboard accompaniment for Chancel Choir rehearsals on Tuesdays (7:00pm – 8:30pm), and 1st and 3rd Sundays (9:00am – 9:45am).
  • Consult with the Director of Music Ministry and Clergy to prepare appropriate music/performances for special services such as Christmas, Holy Week Services, Easter, etc.
  • Music planning and accompaniment for weddings and funerals at the church (these adjunct events will receive additional compensation through private parties).
  • Responsible for securing substitute organist/pianist as necessary in conjunction with Director of Music Ministry, Senior Pastor and Church Staff’s Chairperson.


Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in music or related subject area with a major or minor discipline in keyboard music.
  • Appropriate sight-reading and demonstrated accompanying skills.
  • Self-motivated, reliable and able to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Ability to work well with staff, church members and other musicians.

Part-time Position: Hours: 2-4 hours per week (12 hours p/ month)

Des Plaines
First United Methodist Church Des Plaines
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Music Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)