First United Methodist Church
300 E. Main, Missoula, Montana
GENERAL DESCRIPTION – The Organist/Pianist provides appropriate organ and/or piano
music in order to support the mission of the church and worship services. The Organist/Pianist
works within the collegial context of the current FUMC music program and church staff. This is a
12 month position.
Provide appropriate organ or piano music for Preludes, Voluntaries, Offertories and
Postludes for all worship services, including additional services during Christmas, Easter and
Holy Week.
Select service music that supports the mission of the church and complements the liturgy
of the week and/or liturgical season
Accompany congregational singing
Accompany vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles
Rehearse a minimum of once weekly with Sanctuary choir and/or any soloist or ensemble
for the upcoming Sundays or events
Meet periodically with Director of Music Ministries and/or Pastor and/or Music and
Worship Team to coordinate music for worship services
TIME – The position requires approximately 30 hours/month to include preparation, rehearsal,
worship services and appropriate meetings.
COMPENSATION – $100.00 per Sunday; $75.00 during the summer; this includes practice
with the choir and other preparation time. No health benefits are offered for this part-time
position. The Organist/Pianist receives three paid vacation Sundays per year.
EVALUATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY – The Organist/Pianist will receive direct
supervision from the Pastor, along with the Director of Music Ministries. The Organist/Pianist
will receive guidance and support from the Music and Worship Team and the Staff/Parish
Relations Committee. An in-depth evaluation by the Pastor, Director of Music Ministries and
representative of the SPRC will be held at three months for a person new to the position, and
annually thereafter.
Professional music training or experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Music with organ
emphasis; or equivalent experience
Familiarity with the breadth and depth of sacred music and musical styles, and ability to
integrate same into worship and liturgy
Experience and ability to accompany vocal and instrumental soloists, ensembles and
choirs using a wide variety of musical styles
Ability to lead and support congregational singing in the context of the musical style
represented in the hymns or liturgical music
Fundamental understanding and respect for the faith, affirmations and traditions of the
United Methodist church
Ability to communicate effectively with people