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Job Summary: The role of the organist/accompanist of Kingswood United Methodist Church (KUMC) is to support the music program through excellence in keyboard skills. This is accomplished through a passion for the worship experience, a strong Christian faith, and a high standard (demonstrated proficiency) in multi-rank organ performance, piano performance, and digital keyboard skills. The organist/accompanist will report to the Director of Music Ministry, and will support the mission and goals of the pastoral staff and Worship Committee.

Instruments: A Rodgers Digital organ, a Steinway Grand Piano, and two upright pianos

Musical Groups: Chancel Choir, Allelus Women’s Ensemble, The King’s Men Ensemble, Praise Band, Cherub Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir, other ad hoc groups that develop

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performance of all keyboard service music for 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services
  • Provide keyboard accompaniment for Chancel Choir, and other choirs as needed
  • Attend all rehearsals for Chancel Choir, and other choirs as needed
  • Arrange service music (e.g., prelude, offertory, postlude, etc.) in harmony with scheduled worship themes & focuses
  • Practice all worship service music weekly
  • Participate in periodic congregational song selection meeting with Clergy and the Directory of Music Ministry
  • Consult with the Clergy and the Directory of Music Ministry to prepare appropriate music/performances for special services such as Christmas Eve, Children’s Christmas program, Mardi Gras Sunday, Ash
  • Wednesday, Good Friday, and others as needed
  • Coordinate Summer music plans and work with volunteers who will perform special music during
  • Summer Sundays for all services, providing accompaniment as needed
  • Identify and arrange for qualified substitute organist as required (e.g., vacation, illness) for rehearsals and services, and arrange with church office on payment
  • Identify and arrange for maintenance of organ and pianos with qualified organ and piano technicians, no less than once a year, and arrange with church office on payment
  • Music planning and accompaniment for weddings and funerals at the church; includes additional compensation
  • Participate in weekly Sunday morning worship team meetings
  • Participate in church staff meetings, no less than quarterly, as arranged by the Clergy
  • Develop annual professional development plan in conjunction with the Directory of Music Ministry, with quarterly reviews

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in music or related subject with a major or minor discipline in keyboard music
  • Strong experience and expertise in playing church music, including Contemporary Christian Music
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and able to work collaboratively with a team
  • Ability to maintain professional and cordial interaction with church members, co-workers and vendors
  • Ability to work evening or weekend hours

Part-Time Position: Hours: 10-12 hours per week. Mandatory attendance for all Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter) services

Compensation: Salary negotiable based upon experience, benefits as per KUMC employee handbook

Resumes  or inquiries can be sent to

Rev. James Preston, Lead Pastor
Kingswood UMC
401 Dundee Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
jpreston@kingswoodumc. com

Buffalo Grove
Kingswood United Methodist Church
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Music Ministry
United Methodist Church (UMC)