Job Description, Organist/Pianist
Community United Church of Christ
804 Dixie Trail Raleigh, NC 27607


Overview: Community United Church of Christ (CUCC) is accepting applications for the position of
Organist/Pianist. With 180 members and a deep commitment to extravagant hospitality and social
justice, the congregation celebrates a progressive Christian theology. Reporting to the Senior Pastor,
Rev. Dr. Lacey Brown, the organist/pianist will assist in crafting Sunday worship that follows the
revised common lectionary and engages the hearts and minds of those in attendance.

Based on worship themes chosen by the pastors, the organist/pianist will create an environment of
reflection, reverence, and celebration. The organist/pianist will work closely with the choir director
to foster a ministry of inclusion and genuine community in the music program.

Description of Duties:

  • Select and perform the prelude, offertory, and postlude for one Sunday service at 10:30AM.
    The preludes, offertories and postludes should be appropriate both thematically and
    musically for the day, pulling in music from many genres, including but not limited to the
    standard classical repertoire, folk tunes, and music from around the world
  • Play accompaniment on three hymns from the hymnals listed below, doxology, and on two
    short sung responses in the service following the passing of the peace and the children’s
    message
  • On the second and fourth Sundays of each month provide accompaniment on an anthem,
    introit, and benediction response chosen by the choir director
  • Play at twice-monthly Wednesday evening choir rehearsals at 7:00PM, except for during the
    summer months when the choir is on a break
  • Make hymn singing an integral part of worship services, inviting congregational
    participation in creative and inspiring ways
  • Arrange for other musicians to perform prelude, offertory, postlude or special music, and
    rehearse with soloists and guest instrumentalists as needed
  • Assist with completion and review of the weekly worship bulletins.
  • Participate fully in special services as needed throughout the year such as memorials,
    weddings, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, etc…
  • Attend staff meetings once a month in person
  • Have an understanding of music licensing of copyrighted music for broadcast

Instruments

  • Organ: Allen Renaissance 3 manual
  • Piano: Yamaha studio, regularly tuned

Current Hymnals

  • The New Century Hymnal (United Church of Christ)
  • The New Bluegrass Hymnal (United Church of Christ)
  • More Voices (The United Church of Canada)
  • Chalice Hymnal (Christian Church/Disciples of Christ)

Day-to-day operations

  • On 2nd and 4th Sundays, be at church by 9:30am to rehearse with choir for 10:30am service
  • On 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays, be at church by 10:00am for 10:30am service
  • Be at church by 6:45pm on two Wednesdays each month for choir practice of 1-2 hours,
    beginning at 7PM
  • Submit each week to the draft worship bulletin the title, composer for each prelude,
    offertory, and postlude
  • Notify pastor one week in advance of any guest musicians

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Deep understanding of the role of music in liturgical settings
  • High level of technical proficiency at both the organ and piano
  • Significant experience as a rehearsal accompanist, comfortable with reading open scores
    and supporting the choir director and the choir to be fully prepared for worship services
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively integrate time honored organ and piano literature with
    the best of more contemporary genres
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor, to exercise mature judgment, and to be a
    dependable and flexible team participant

Salary considerations: The salary, based on approximately 8-10 hours per week, will be fixed
commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant.

Background check: Applicants should be prepared and willing to submit to a standard background
check in compliance with our Safe Church policy.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Lacey
Brown at lacey.cucc@gmail.com

There is no set closing date for applications. The position will remain open until filled.

Community United Church of Christ is an Equal Opportunity Employer,
committed to creating the diverse, all-inclusive, and caring society
which God wills for all people.