Listed below are current open positions on the Meridian Street staff:
Position Available: Organist
Meridian Street United Methodist Church
Indianapolis, IN | Part-time (20 hours/week average, varies seasonally)
Meridian Street UMC seeks a skilled Organist to provide leadership for music in worship, facilitating the praise of God and prayer through song. Our congregation has been serving Indianapolis in mission and ministry for more than 200 years. High-quality organ music has been a consistent part of that history and present experience. We honor our deep roots in the United Methodist tradition as well as our unique experience of God as a vibrant, inclusive community of faith. Meridian Street UMC is housed in a beautiful, iconic church building situated in the historic Meridian Street corridor on the border of the Butler-Tarkington and Meridian Kessler neighborhoods. This is a part- time, salaried position.
Overview of position: The Organist provides leadership for music in worship, facilitating the congregation’s praise of God and prayer through song. Primary responsibilities include accompaniment of all service music, including hymns, songs, and choral music, as well as weekly solo works appropriate to the liturgical patterns and practices of the church. The Organist is a member of the music staﬀ and, accordingly, collaborates with the pastors, Director of Music Ministries, and other music staﬀ for planning and visioning of the worshipping life of the congregation.
Meridian Street UMC is home to two pipe organs, one in the Sanctuary and one in the Chapel. The Sanctuary pipe organ is a 4-manual Casavant / Goulding and Wood instrument. The Chapel pipe organ a 2-manual Goulding and Wood instrument.
- Play organ for Sunday worship services. Currently, there is one Sanctuary service at 10am with a general 9:15am call time for Chancel Choir This position will also include a second Chapel service, if and when that service resumes (suspended in covid pandemic).
- Play organ for additional services as appropriate for the Christian liturgical year such as, but not limited to, Christmas Eve (typically 2-3 services), Ash Wednesday, Holy Week (typically 2 services), and Longest
- Perform at least two concerts/recitals throughout the year (solo or chamber music).
- Provide musical leadership as the primary church accompanist, especially with the Chancel Choir. Currently, the Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. with occasional additional rehearsals as needed to prepare for special services or large-scale musical works. Responsibilities also include accompanying soloists, handbell choirs, and children’s choir as needed, though these do not occur with weekly
- Play piano as appropriate and needed for accompaniment and/or special music, recognizing organ is the primary instrument for this
- Play for funerals and weddings as needed, for which additional compensation will be The Organist has right of first refusal.
- Coordinate and lead music in worship when the Director of Music is absent and no substitute director can be
- Collaboratively plan worship in regular meetings with pastors and staﬀ, including planning appropriate liturgical music and maintaining organ library resources as required.
- Coordinate the regular maintenance and repair of the church’s organs and
- Prepare and practice appropriately to ensure high-level
- Work with the Director of Music Ministries to identify and hire substitute organists as needed to cover vacation
- Practice personal disciplines of the Christian faith and communicate that faith through witness, example, and the above ministry
Skills and Requirements:
- High-level performance ability on the organ, both as a soloist and accompanist
- Experience serving as church organist
- Degree in music performance desired
- Extensive knowledge of standard organ repertoire, especially sacred music
- Understanding of worship and the role of church music and the liturgical year
- Creativity and value for diverse expressions of music in worship
- Ability to self-direct and work collaboratively with staﬀ and volunteers
- Strong value for and commitment to inclusion and diversity in music and ministry
Salary Range: $25,000-32,000
Interested applicants should submit resume attn: Rev. Mary Dicken. Email submissions preferred: If available, submission of videos or recordings demonstrating performance ability are also encouraged.
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