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Organist/Music Associate

St. Simons Island, Georgia (GA), USA 31522


Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica
Saint Simons Island, Georgia



Senior Pastor:      Rev. Steve Patton
Director of Music:     Christopher Goodson, Director of Music and Worship (FT)
Music Staff:          Organist/Music Associate (PT)
            Music Assistant/Children’s Music Director (part of Dir. Of Media position)
            Kindermusik Instructor (PT)
            Singing: 101 Instructor (contractor)
            Music library assistant (volunteer)
Other Staff:          Church Administrator (FT)
            Director of Children’s Ministries    (FT)
            Director of Program Ministries (FT)
            Director of the Wesley Academy of Early Learning (FT)
            Director of Youth Ministries/Contemporary Worship Director (FT)
            Director of Media and Technology (FT)
            Associate Director of Youth Ministries (PT)
            Minister of Pastoral Care (PT)

Membership:      1100+
Average Attendance:  450+      (three Sunday Services, two traditional, one contemporary)
Church Budget:      Approx. $1.7 million

Setting:          Located in the Golden Isles on the Georgia coast, Saint Simons Island is an extraordinary local
            community in Glynn County, near Brunswick, GA, which combines the strengths of a resort area
            with an active year round population. The church is in the historic area near Fort Frederica, on
            the grounds once walked by John and Charles Wesley. A beautiful new building and sanctuary
            were completed in 2005.

Congregation:      Wesley is a vibrant and vital congregation with large children’s and youth ministries and a fully
            accredited Wesley Academy of Early Learning, caring for children 6 weeks old – Pre-K. The
            congregation is multi-generational, with a wide range of ages represented.

Organ:          W. Zimmer & Sons, Inc. Pipe Organ Opus 521, installed June 2005 with 3 manuals,
            drawknob console and 41 ranks. Over 2,500 pipes and a Trompette en Chamade.
            A detailed stop list is listed on the final page of this document.
            We are in planning stages for an organ renovation.                

Pianos:          7’ Yamaha C6 Concert Grand in Sanctuary
            5’ foot Yamaha GC1 Concert Grand in Music Suite
            5’ foot Baldwin Grand in Chapel
            Yamaha Upright Concert in Chapel (for use as needed throughout the church)
            Yamaha Upright in Wesleyan Heritage Classroom


Other Instruments:     5 Octave set of Malmark Handbells
            5 Octave set of Malmark Handchimes
            Orff instruments & other miscellaneous instruments of the Children’s Music Program
            29” and 26” Majestic Symphonic Hammered Timpani

Current Ensembles:     Chancel Choir (adults)               30 average attendance, 40+ members
            Wesley Ringers (handbells)          13 members (5 octave choir)
            Handbell Ensemble              4-5 members as needed
            Women’s Chorale              15+ members
            Men’s Ensemble              10-12 members
            Children’s Music Program:          Kindermusik Class | Pre-K and K     
                                  Primary Choir |     1-2nd grade     
                                 Chorister Choir | 3-5th grade
            Singing 101 Class:              Two sessions annually
            Golden Isles Community Chorus     About 40 singers from the community
            Community Messiah Chorus          About 75 singers from the community
            Others ensembles and opportunities as listed on the website

Typical Schedule:     Sundays     7:30-8:05a | Rehearsal as needed
                     8:15-9:00a | Early Service
                    9:15-9:50a | Men’s Ensemble
                    9:00-10:00a | Rehearsal as needed
                    10:00-10:40a | Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Off in July)
                    10:45-11:45a | Late Service
            Mondays     5:15-6:20p | Wesley Ringers (September-May)
                    6:30-8:30p | Golden Isles Community Chorus (Sept., Oct., Feb., March)
                            Messiah Chorus (November)
            Wednesday     6:05-6:50p | Women’s Chorale (September-May)
                    7:00-8:30p | Chancel Choir (September-May)

Church website:     
Music Ministry Page:      

Application:         Reviews will begin on a rolling basis and continue until a candidate has been selected.
            Ideal employment start date is Summer/Fall 2017.

Questions and Submissions:         Christopher Goodson      



Detailed resume/CV

List of references, both professional and personal

CD/DVD/Youtube video, etc. reflective of candidate’s work
(e.g., audio/video of rehearsals, services, concerts, etc.)
Please include at least one entire worship service within the last 6 months, as an example of service playing abilities

Brief statement on philosophy of worship and music ministry

Representative repertoire list from, at least, the last 12 months


Purpose:         To glorify God and to nurture faith within the congregation and community by working
            with the Director of Music and Worship to plan and execute a comprehensive ministry
            of music, worship, and arts involving all age groups in the church. Specifically, by
            providing working as a collaborative artist to provide rehearsal and performance
            accompaniment and/or directorship for the music ensembles of Wesley church; playing
            the organ for all services; concertizing; and working to support music in the community
            through music ministry in a variety of forms.

Hours:             Part-time job (20 hours +/- per week)
            Usual number of Sunday services: 2
            Number of other weekly services: 0
            Number of annual occasional services: 6
            Usual total number of weekly rehearsals this musician will be directly involved with: 5
                Adult: 3              Youth: 0     
                Children: As needed         Handbell: 2         Instrumentalists: 1

Reports to:         The Organist/Music Associate reports to and is under the supervision of the Director of Music
            and Worship. All staff are ultimately under the supervision of the Senior Pastor and relate
            to the Staff Parish Relations Committee, which is responsible for all church staffing
            decisions in consultation with the Senior Pastor (hiring/firing/salaries, etc.).



Worship Planning and Participation         

Work under direction of the Director of Music and Worship in worship planning.

Work with the Director of Music and Worship to provide music for all sanctuary services.

Select and perform a variety liturgically appropriate, high caliber organ literature for all traditional services

Assist in the selection of hymns, anthems, etc., for Sunday worship

Work to synergize with the Director of Music and Worship to design creative worship and music experiences

Support and lead congregational singing from the organ with an emphasis on creative and vibrant expressions of worship through music

Participate in various worship services throughout the year and cooperate in planning services.
(Ash Wednesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, community services, etc.)

Provide organ/piano music for all weddings and funerals held at the church, consulting with wedding couples or families as requested. For these services the organist will receive an additional fee as specified by the organist through the church policy (currently $400 per wedding). The services of another organist may be used with the permission of the regular organist. (NB: St. Simons Island is a major destination wedding location; Wesley hosts 10-15+ weddings per year, which can serve to augment the regular pay of this position by an estimated $4,000-6,000 annually.) Memorial Services are offered free of charge to church members, but honorariums are often given.


Music/Arts Education and Enrichment:         

Collaborate with Director of Music and other related staff to encourage, organize, develop, expand, and elevate Music/Arts education, enrichment, and opportunities at Wesley, including beginning new ensembles and music/arts experiences as guided by the interests of the candidate

Support community music/arts

Assist all assigned ensembles through rehearsal accompaniment, acting as a collaborative artist and seeking to bring the highest caliber of musicality to the groups we have at Wesley

Assist in recruiting, motivating, and leading in all aspects of sacred music and creative arts in the lift of the church

Cooperate with St. Simons Island community-based organizations in music experiences and opportunities.
    1. Accompany annual performances of Handel’s MESSIAH with orchestra, hosted at Wesley.
        (This pays separately from the Wesley salary.)
    2. Accompany the community chorus in residence at Wesley (unpaid).

New Ensembles we would like to offer:
Youth Choir; expanded graded Children’s Music Program (choirs, handbells/chimes, Orff instruments); instrumental ensembles (i.e. woodwinds, brass, strings, recorders); additional adult vocal ensembles (Chamber Choir, small ensembles, early service choir, etc.)

Offer regular organ concerts at Wesley (at least one concert annually)



Work with the Director of Music to assist in the comprehensive administration of the Music Ministry at Wesley.

In collaboration with the Director of Music, oversee regular maintenance for the organ and pianos



Must feel called by God to the ministry of sacred music through organ performance and working as a collaborative artist, and feel led to work in a church environment.

Must demonstrate a capability, willingness, and desire to actively participate in the life and ministry of the church

Must be a team player with other program staff persons, demonstrating flexibility in all areas of ministry. Must be able to integrate into the culture of Wesley UMC at Frederica and bring value to the congregation and staff. Wesley has a team approach to ministry and worship planning.

Must be a self-starter, a good communicator, friendly, engaging.

Must be proficient in organ technique, musicianship, and a supportive accompanist and collaborative artist; knowledgeable and experienced in playing for religious, traditional, and ecumenical worship services.

Must be of excellent moral character.

Must have experience planning and coordinating music appropriate to the liturgical calendar and the scripture texts/sermon of the pastor.

Must desire to maintain high levels of personal music and performance skills.

Must be able to contribute to, and implement, the vision for music and the arts at Wesley, seeking to synergize with the Director of Music to form a collaborative team responsible for the total Music and Worship program at Wesley.




B.A./B.M. in Music (organ emphasis); or currently enrolled in a Music Degree program with keyboard or organ emphasis; or, at a minimum, significant experience

Significant experience as a church organist/accompanist

Submit to criminal background check for Safe Sanctuaries policy and abide by South Georgia United Methodist Church Sexual Ethics Standards (provided upon request)



Master’s Degree in Organ and/or Sacred Music (M.M. or M.S.M)

Music Director experience (choral ensembles, handbells, instrumental, or children)

Experience in administration of a Church Music Program

Experience in administration of a Concert Series

Significant performance ability and experience

Equally gifted in piano as well as organ



The Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and job assignments. Additionally, as a resort area church, we host 10-15+ weddings per year, which can serve as additional income for the organist. Other income opportunities are plentiful in our community, as well.

Other benefits include, Books/Music Allowance, Continuing Education Funds, and Professional Memberships Allowance.  



We are seeking a high caliber organist/accompanist who can assist in taking the musical components of our worship and arts programs to the next level. The position and responsibilities are ultimately flexible to the qualified candidate.

The most qualified candidate will be an outstanding organist with wonderful accompanying and service playing skills, including service improvisation and creative hymn playing.  In addition to great playing skills, the candidate will be an organized administrator, and willing to work as a strong collaborative partner with the Director of Music and Worship, the clergy of the church, and with its members with the goal of elevating the worship experience at Wesley through the arts and music program.