Employment

Wesley United Methodist Church is currently hiring an Organist, Director of Children and Youth Music and Hand Bell Choir Director. These jobs are suited for anyone from students to retirees interested in helping us make a joyful noise at Wesley. Please see below for the job descriptions and information about how to apply.

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Organist

POSITION TYPE: Salaried, quarter time

HOURS:  Varies as needed; two Sundays off included as part of two weeks paid vacation annually.

SALARY RANGE: $10,000-12,000 /year depending on qualifications.

SUMMARY:  Services as soloist and accompanist for choir, congregation, and soloists and all rehearsals for such.

INSTRUMENT The Wesley Sanctuary has a 1925 Skinner organ, originally installed in Smith Hall at the University of Illinois. More details can be found here.

QUALIFICATIONS

Accomplished performer on both organ and piano. Organist should accompany a broad spectrum of choral and vocal works with stylistic fluency, demonstrate a good foundation for hymnody, and commit to using a wide variety of sacred music repertoire. He or she is capable of adapting choral accompaniment generally written for the piano to the organ, play from open vocal scores and display proficiency in re-harmonization, modulation, transposition, and have improvisational skills.

DUTIES

  • Provide voluntaries, liturgical music, and accompaniment for congregational singing and the choir for Sunday morning and other scheduled services of the church year. Provide accompaniment for choir concert performances outside of worship services in consultation with the Director of Choral Music. Arrange for qualified substitute organists if needed.
  • Provide accompaniment for choir rehearsals and for rehearsals and performances by soloists/ensembles, as scheduled by the Director of Choral Music. When needed, accompany children/youth choirs for worship services and special programs.
  • Attend weekly leadership team meeting to plan worship collaboratively and tie together elements of Scripture, sermon themes, hymns, voluntaries, etc.
  • Be available to play for weddings, funeral/memorial services, and other occasional services as requested. The organist has right of first refusal in relation to weddings and funeral/memorial services.
  • In consultation with the Director of Choral Music, seek out and encourage instrumental participation from congregational volunteers, with special attention to children, youth, and students.
  • Serve as the lead staff representative on the Organ Committee, and be available for consultation as needed with the Worship Committee Property and Church Trustees on organ acoustical, and related matters. Cooperate with the Director of Choral Music and with lay members of these groups to advocate for music education and music related projects in the church.
  • The Wesley organist is encouraged to participate in master classes, workshops, and conventions for advancement in the area of organ and sacred music.

SUPERVISION  The organist is responsible to the Director of Choral Music for Traditional Worship, and to the Pastors.

Audition Sheet 

The following are the minimum requirements. Additional requests may be made by the committee at the time of the audition. Practice arrangements can be made through Donna Giffen at the Wesley Church office by calling 217-344-1120 or emailing her at donna@wesleyui.org.

  1. Organ literature:  Prepare three pieces for organ, each one at least five minutes in  length from three different time periods.
  2. Hymn playing: Prepare one hymn of your choice for congregational singing. The committee will choose at least two hymns for you to play during the audition. Transpositions and singable  reharmonizations are welcome.
  3. Accompanying choral literature: The candidate will have an opportunity to interact in an accompanying forum with a chamber choir under the direction of Dr. Barrington Coleman, Director.

Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your experience to: employment@wesleyui.org or

Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois
att’n: Organist Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone calls regarding the position will NOT be accepted.

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Director of Children and Youth Music

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION TYPE:  Part-time, salaried

HOURS:  2-5 hours per week.

SALARY: $11.25-11.50/hour depending on qualifications

SUMMARY:  Provides music instruction for Preschool-High School students

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be able to play the piano

Preference given to:

  • Experience in teaching vocal music to children and youth
  • Experience in directing a children’s music program

DUTIES

  • Conducts weekly music practice during Sunday school for the children’s choir and/or children’s hand bell choir
  • Directs children’s music performance one Sunday of each month
  • Organizes and directs the annual Christmas pageant
  • Prepares children for music performance for Easter Sunday
  • Selects vocal and/or hand bell music for children to learn
  • Teaches how to sing as well as teaches how to play color-coded children hand bells
  • Coordinates with Christian Education Director for other occasional programs

SUPERVISION  by Christian Education Director

Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your experience to: employment@wesleyui.org or

Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois
att’n: Director of Children and Youth Music Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone calls regarding the position will NOT be accepted.

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Hand Bell Choir Director

POSITION TYPE:  Part-time, salaried

HOURS:  Vary

SALARY: $1,700-1,800/year depending on qualifications.

SUMMARY:  Provide leadership for the hand bell choir, and prepare and conduct performances at worship services and special occasions.

QUALIFICATIONS

Musical experience of conducting, instrumental understanding so as to be able to teach others, and experience playing in a hand bell choir are preferred.

DUTIES

  • Run regularly scheduled rehearsals.
  • Choose, organize, and assign bells for the music to be played.
  • Teach new members to play hand bells.
  • Recruit new hand bell choir members to fill vacant spots as needed.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with worship music staff to determine dates for playing in worship service.
  • Purchase new music and equipment for use by the hand bell choir if necessary.
  • Teach and supervise polishing hand bells by the group as needed.

SUPERVISION: The Hand Bell Choir Director reports directly to the Senior Pastor/Director.

Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your experience to: employment@wesleyui.org or

Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois
att’n: Handbell Choir Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone calls regarding the position will NOT be accepted.