Job Listings

The Tidewater AGO lists, free of charge, job postings for organists and church musicians in the area. If your church or organization has a job opening you would like posted on our website, please email Geoffrey Bell!

Posted 5/3/19

Kingston Parish, Episcopal, in Mathews, Virginia is seeking a part-time Director of Music and Organist effective June 1, 2019.

Essential Functions

  • Provide organ/piano music for Sunday liturgical services (8:00AM at Christ Church and 10:30AM at Kingston Chapel).
  • Provide organ /piano music for other non-Sunday festival services, i.e.,  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, etc.
  • Serve as Adult Choir leader and accompanist at all Adult Choir functions and rehearsals.
  • Choose appropriate organ/piano music for anthems, preludes and postludes in cooperation with the Rector.
  • Accompany other choirs and choral and instrumental ensembles as needed and as available.
  • Play for all weddings and funerals held at the church, or secure an appropriate substitute.
  • Maintain professional competency by lessons, practicing, performing, attending music conferences and reading professional journals.
  • Oversee maintenance of the organ.

Minimum Qualifications

Proficiency and requisite training in both organ and piano at an appropriate level for our music program; experience in leading congregational singing; experience in choir and solo accompaniment; familiarity with hymns and repertoire for the church year, weddings and funerals, engages people positively; openly accepts criticism; productively engages and resolves interpersonal conflict.

Salary: 17,600 – $27,000

Experience: Organ/keyboard playing: 4 years (Preferred)

Education: Bachelor’s (Preferred) 

Kingston Parish (Episcopal) was founded ca. 1650. Mathews is 14 miles from Gloucester Court House and about 40 minutes drive from Yorktown. At 8AM we worship at Christ Church (built 1700s, rebuilt 1904, Rite I, has a two manual Rogers combination pipe/digital organ AGO keyboard) and at 1030AM worship is at the Parish Hall, Kingston Chapel, Rite II (keyboard and Steinway baby grand piano). Currently the choir practices are Thursdays from 3PM to 5PM at Christ Church and the choir sings alternately at one service each week. The Vestry is beginning to examine the current state of our musical instruments and the new Music Director would be expected to participate in these discussions. Salary variance is because of training and also because we currently have an organist for 8 AM Sunday services.  This arrangement could remain or change depending on applicant and parish needs.

Posted 4/12/19

Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Virginia has an excellent opportunity for a full time Assistant Director of Music.  Applicants should have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music or have equivalent education and/or experience.
 
Skill requirements include extensive proficiency on organ as Saint Bede has a 54 rank Buzard pipe organ, complimented by a Steinway Model D piano, on which piano proficiency is also expected. Vocal skills would be welcome. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and within the norms of the Diocese of Richmond.
 
As one of the largest parishes in the Diocese of Richmond, the Assistant Director of Music would be working as a team member within the Office of Music & Liturgy reporting to the Director, Aaron Renninger. Specific responsibilities include shared accompanying duties for daily, weekend, and seasonal liturgies; holy days, weddings, funerals, and other parish celebrations. Saint Bede music program includes a collegiate choral scholar program and seven choirs of children and adults.
 
Saint Bede has developed a reputation both within the Diocese and nationally for its music collaboration and sponsorship of numerous concerts and musical presentations by both aspiring and professional musicians alike.
 
Williamsburg, Virginia is a four season historical tourist destination with countless cultural opportunities and varied housing availability. It is located within 3 hours of the Washington, DC and Raleigh-Durham metropolitan areas, and within 2 hours of the Atlantic shore and beaches.
 
This position could be considered the perfect opportunity for a new graduate to grow and learn with a seasoned professional in a dynamic parish committed to excellent music. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume’, and completed diocesan application to arenninger@bedeva.org. Application forms can be found at: https://richmonddiocese.org/office/office-of-human-resources/
 

Posted 8/21/18

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia (Kings Grant area) is seeking a part-time Handbell Choir Director. The director will be responsible for weekly rehearsals and one performance Sunday per month, September – May. For more information or to submit a resume, email Jamie Dougherty, Music Director, at jamiemusic@cox.net, or call 757-343-0512.

Posted 7/28/18

Choir Accompanist/Assistant Organist needed for Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock. Duties include accompanying the choir at the principal Sunday morning service and at special seasonal services during the year, one weekly choir rehearsal, and assisting the Director of Music as needed. Qualifications are formal organ training and accompanying experience. Salary is dependent on qualifications. An alternate possibility is an organ scholar who is currently studying organ with the expectation of becoming a church musician. The music at Grace Church is traditional Episcopal and Anglican hymnody and choral music, with Anglican chant for the Psalm. For more information, please contact the Director of Music, Agnes French, at 757-345-6355 or by e-mail at jpk.alf@cox.net. The position will begin with the start of choir season in the fall.

Posted 11/15/16

Virginia Beach United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time church organist. The organist will play on Sundays for our two traditional worship services, as the accompanist to our adult choirs, and as part of the church orchestra. The organist will also attend various rehearsals and play at times for funerals and weddings. Our organ is a Casavant Opus 3587, three manual, fifty rank pipe organ installed in 1985. For more details click here for a detailed job description (pdf). If you are interested in applying for this position please contact  our Director of Music, Tina Gimlin at  tgimlin@vbumc.org.