Mayflower United Church of Christ seeks an organist, pianist & music coordinator for:

  • Sunday services (8:30 and 11:00 am) and Wednesday rehearsals (7:00 – 8:30 pm)
  • Coordinator of special music for 8:30 services and all summer services
  • Note: We are also seeking directors for our small Handbell Choir and Children’s Choir, and one or both could be combined with the Organist into a larger position

Position Summary: Lead worship by providing organ and piano music for services; accompanying the choirs, soloists, and small ensembles; and coordinating special music for services.

Position Status: Salaried

Time commitment: 10 – 12 hours a week

Salary range: $17,000 – $21,000, based on experience and qualifications

Schedule: Weekly, as required, four weeks paid vacation

Reports to: Director of Music

Effective Date: June 1, 2022

How to apply: Please submit resumé and letter of interest to:
Mayflower UCC
Attn: Nancy Grundahl, Director of Music
106 E. Diamond Lk. Rd.
Mpls. MN 55419
Or Nsgrundahl2@gmail.com

Auditions begin April 18; start date is June 1.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as organist/pianist at Sunday worship services and other services in the church year
    • Lead the congregation in the singing of hymns and liturgies
    • Provide service music (preludes, centering, postludes) that relates to theme of the service and season including classical, jazz, hymn arrangements and contemporary settings
  • Regularly rehearse with adult choir and other singers to prepare service music
  • Coordinate, schedule and lead all special music (ensembles or solos) for 8:30 services
  • Coordinate, schedule and lead all special music (ensembles or solos) for summer services
  • Oversee maintenance of keyboard instruments (organ and four grand pianos)
  • Participate fully in weekly program staff meetings (Tuesday mornings)
  • Be available (with right of first refusal) for funerals and weddings of church members
  • Prepare hymns and other music for video viewing on livestream services

Qualifications

  • Degree or diploma in music, sacred music, or music performance
  • At least 5 years of experience in a similar or equivalent position preferred
  • Ability to function well within a highly flexible, collaborative team
  • Strong organ and piano performance skills
  • Strong sight-reading, accompanying and rehearsal skills, e.g., reading open score
  • Ability to rehearse the choir in the absence of the director

Competencies

  • Familiarity with worship practices for selecting appropriate music
  • Positive attitude toward a progressive and non-creedal theology
  • Meet work requirements in a timely manner and with attention to detail
  • Open to intergenerational choral and ensemble experiences
  • Ability to seek out capable musicians and involve them in worship services
  • Committed to inclusive values and language

Contact: Nancy Grundahl, Director of Music, at Nsgrundahl2@gmail.com

About Mayflower UCC and our music program
We are a progressive, inclusive, Open and Affirming (LGBTQ+) and justice-seeking congregation, and our vibrant music program shapes our stories and our mission. We value music and musicians that can expand the musical language of the progressive church. We have two fine instruments in the sanctuary: a two-manual, 17 rank tracker organ built especially for Mayflower by Charles Hendrickson in 1988, and a Steinway D piano. Our 40-member adult choir, two youth choirs, Tenor/Bass ensemble, many soloists, handbell choir, and Dixieland Band contribute to meaningful and lively worship.