Organist and Choir Director
First Church Congregational of Methuen, Massachusetts United Church of Christ
26 Pleasant Street, Methuen, MA 01844
First Church Congregational of Methuen, Massachusetts, United Church of Christ seeks an Organist and Choir Director to join us in offering God our highest praise, all in Christ’s name.
Our church houses the Searles Pipe Organ, a James E. Treat Opus 1, built in 1886. Originally built for Edward Searles’ Great Barrington home, it was moved later moved to his home in Methuen. It was given to First Church upon his death. The instrument was installed at First Church in 1924 at which time it was converted to an electro-pneumatic pull-down action on the original slider chests. It is comprised of 44 ranks, all but two of which are original, the Mixture V and Clarion 4’ ranks having been added in 1930.
Our choir averages 10 singers weekly, with as many as 18 total members, with varying musical abilities but a common love of making music and shared enthusiasm for the church, its life and ministry.
Duties include playing the organ for Sunday worship services, as well as one service, each, on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday; accompanying and directing the choir (piano or organ); selecting preludes, postludes, anthems and hymns; collaborating with the director of the bell choir; working collaboratively with the pastor for planning special services, and for long-range planning for the music program.
The Chancel Choir rehearses Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for one hour. In the past, a 30-60 minute rehearsal followed worship as well, though that practice was discontinued a year ago. Post worship rehearsals may be reinstated in consultation with the new Organist and Choir Director. The season for the choir generally begins on the Sunday following Labor Day and concludes in early June. Soloists, duets and other ensembles provide music for summer worship services, coordinated by the Organist and Choir Director.
In July, First Church worships on Wednesday nights, taking Sunday mornings off.
The First Church Bells are directed by a volunteer conductor and generally number 10-12 ringers. The bells provides prelude, anthem and offertory on the third Sunday of the month, September through May.
First Church Congregational utilizes The New Century Hymnal for congregational singing, and appreciates a range of musical styles, from classical to contemporary.
On campus duties are Sundays only, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, plus staff meeting once monthly and occasional attendance at other meetings, as agreed upon.
Funds are available for instrumentalists on special occasions.
The Organist and Choir Director is responsible to schedule substitute organists for off Sundays.
Approximately 10-12 hours weekly.
$400 weekly for up to 48 weeks annually.
Contact: Rev. William D. “Bill” Ingraham
Address: 26 Pleasant Street Methuen MA 01844
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