The Organist gives leadership to the traditional worship
services of First Lutheran Church by using the organ to lift
the congregation in music for the praise of God.
The Organist serves under the supervision of the Senior
Subject to review and adjustment in conjunction with the
Congregation Council and Senior Pastor, the following
constitute the major responsibilities of the
I . Select
and provide organ music at all traditional Sunday worship
services, mid-week worship occasions, and all special
celebrations of worship where the organ is the primary
vocalists and instrumentalists as scheduled by the
Director of Choral and Instrumental Music.
3. Select hymns
appropriate in conjunction with the preaching pastor
which are reflective of the liturgical season and
designated Scripture texts.
4. Provide organ
music for all weddings and funerals held at the church
when the organ is the primary instrument used. Fees for
these services are not provided by the church, but are
honorariums from couples and families at an amount
determined by church policy. The use of the organ by
another organist may be used only by special
5. Provide for
qualified substitutes for all absences.
information bulletins in a timely fashion as determined
by the secretarial staff.
7. Choose and
purchase organ music within the approved budgetary
8. Oversee the
tuning and maintenance of all musical instruments of the
church within the approved budget and provide regular
reports specifying maintenance needs to the Worship,
Music and Arts Committee.
9. Submit budget
requests each fall as part of the budgetary process of
the Congregational Council.
I . The
Organist shall rehearse sufficiently to maintain a high
quality of music at the organ.
2. An annual
performance review will be done with the Senior
3. Cooperate with
all staff and musicians of the congregation so that music
ministry is enhanced within the life of the
4. The Organist
shall seek professional relationships with other church
musicians and keep abreast of developments in worship and
liturgy through associations, continuing education, and
professional church publications.
5. The Organist
shall have permission to conduct private organ lessons
and make the organ available to qualified
1. A minimum
of a bachelor of Music degree and sufficient keyboard
ability to sight read hymns, liturgy, and easy anthem
2. knowledge of
Lutheran worship tradition and a theological
understanding of the church sufficient to appropriately
select music and texts for traditional
3. Experience as a
"team player" in a church setting working with staff,
musicians, and volunteers.