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Date Posted: October 12, 2020

Position Title: Organist

Church: First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines

Location: Johnston, Iowa

Instrument: III/30 Moller/Darrow Pipe Organ

Position Summary:

  • Serve as accompanist for the choir, ensembles, and soloists in regular performances as needed

  • Play for weddings and funerals as requested

  • Assist in planning worship services, hymn selection, choir rehearsals and concert music in advance of the season/service to enhance worship

  • Participate in a team environment

  • Accompany musical ensembles on piano or organ following a conductor or leading from the keyboard

  • Play varying genres including classical, gospel, pop and contemporary Christian

  • Maintain a regular schedule of organ practice and study

  • Organize maintenance, repair and tuning of the organ and pianos

  • Order music for personal use on piano/organ to enhance the worship services

To Apply:

Letter of interest to the following email: office@fbcdsm.org by November 15, 2020

Date Posted: October 12, 2020

Position Title: Organist

Church: Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church in Ames, IA is seeking a Church Organist. We are affiliated with the American Association of Lutheran Churches. We seek an organist to help lead our worship services. We have two worship services each Sunday from September - May and one service each Sunday during the Summer. We also have mid-week services on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent.

Our congregation is committed to including both traditional music and hymns led by the organ and praise songs led by our worship team during our services. Our Pastor and Director of Worship and Music work together with the assistance of the Worship and Music Committee to plan worship services that are faithful and inspiring for our congregation.

Our church was formed in the 1960's in downtown Ames and relocated to our new church on the north side of Ames in 2012. We added a state-of-the-art digital organ when we moved into the new church.

Address: 2400 Bloomington Rd, Ames, IA

Instrument: 2 manual Johannus organ

Position Summary:

Organist for two services, 8:15 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.

Position Details:

Position Purpose

To serve as the Organist enhancing the worship experience to the glory of Almighty God and for the inspiration of His people.


The Organist will be accountable to the Senior Pastor as well as the Church Council.


· To play the organ for all of the worship services during the year (Sundays – 2 during the school year and 1 during the summer, midweek including Advent and Lent, special services including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and Day - approximately 120 per year).

· To attend and participate in the Worship and Music Committee meetings (approximately 6 per year). Collaborate with the Worship & Music Committee regarding all phases of the music program.

· Oversee the maintenance of the organ.

· Give one month notice if the position is being vacated. The church shall give the same amount of notice should the position be terminated.

· Maintain a positive working relationship with the people of Ascension Lutheran Church and its staff.


· A personal relationship with Jesus Christ, an understanding of the Bible as God’s inerrant, infallible Word, an understanding of the Lutheran Confessions as a correct interpretation of Scripture, a commitment to the mission and vision of Ascension Lutheran, and an openness to Lutheran style worship.

· Prior experience in accompanying congregational singing within a church setting.

· Punctuality and dependability.

· Being able to work as a member of a team.

· A love for people, and an ability to administrate and lead when needed.

· Flexibility in working with the Pastor, Director of Worship and Music, staff, worship team members, Worship & Music Committee and the congregation.

To Apply:

Pastor Roger Twito
Ascension Lutheran Church
2400 Bloomington Rd.
Ames, IA 50010
Email: ascensionpastor@gmail.com

Date Posted: July 7, 2021

Position Title: Cathedral Organist

Organization Name: Sacred Heart Cathedral

Organization Location: Davenport, IA 422 E. 10th St., 52803

Organization Website: shcdavenport.org

Salary Range: very negotiable

Position Summary: This is Fr. Rich Adam, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral here in Davenport IA and our Cathedral is searching for an organist. Position is very negotiable, many opportunities involved! Sacred Heart has a beautiful Noack organ with 45 Ranks, 2 Manuels, 35 stops. Pay also is negotiable and promising. Please call Sacred Heart Office at 563.324.3257 or contact Fr. Rich Adam, adamr@diodav.org or cell phone: 319.330.2478!

Application Submission Instructions: any of the above

Email Address: adamr@diodav.org

Does your organization consider this to be a ministry position? Yes

Please describe the instrument(s) that the applicant would be playing: Sacred Heart has a beautiful Noack organ with 45 Ranks, 2 Manuels, 35 stops. Pay also is negotiable and promising.

Do you have any experience or educational requirements for this position? no

Date Posted: September 20, 20201

Position Title: Head Organist

Organization Name: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, LCMS

Organization Location: 1100 Market Street, Carlisle, Iowa

Organization Website: holycrosscarlisle.org

Salary Range:

Position Summary:

• The Head Organist position shall consist of approximately 10-15 hours per week which includes personal rehearsal time.

• The Head Organist will have a high degree of competence on the organ and the ability to accompany groups and individuals.

• The Head Organist shall provide organ music for the Sunday Divine Service(s). Our congregation uses the liturgical order outlined in the Lutheran Service Book, Divine Setting III. Strong preference will be given to candidates who are able to play for mid-week services during Advent and Lent, special festivals such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and other midweek services and festivals as requested/negotiated.

• The Head Organist will provide organ music for weddings and funerals (of members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church) whenever possible; and be permitted to receive additional compensation from the parties involved.

• The Head Organist may be asked to accompany the choir during the choir season (September through May).

• The Head Organist will encourage the musical talents and participation of members of the congregation by supporting and facilitating use of the organ (in worship) by other members of the congregation that have received adequate instruction (as approved by Pastor). Special music by others may include prelude, offertory, postlude, choral accompaniment, and/or substitute organists.

• Because Holy Cross is committed to training and preparing new organists to serve the church, the organ shall be made available to other members of the congregation for practice times, with scheduling to be coordinated with the Head Organist.

• The Head Organist will collaborate with the Choir Director and Pastor in coordinating and scheduling choral music for worship.

• The Head Organist will coordinate with Pastor in the selection of music for prelude, offertory, postlude, and any special music, with the ultimate authority for hymn selection belonging to the pastoral office.

• The Head Organist will make note of needed repairs and maintenance, report issues to the Organ Committee and upon approval (if needed), arrange for organ and piano maintenance.

• The Head Organist may provide a list of needs (music, equipment, etc.) for purchase to the Board of Elders for the annual budget.

Application Submission Instructions: Email resume to: organcommittee@holycrosscarlisle.org. Alternatively mail resume to: Organ Committee, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1100 Market Street, Carlisle, IA 50047

Email Address organcommittee@holycrosscarlisle.org

Does your organization consider this to be a ministry position? No

Please describe the instrument(s) that the applicant would be playing: Organ - Reuter Opus 1301 (1961), Modified in 2018 Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s pipe organ has two manuals, 2 divisions, 6 ranks, and 17 stops - totaling 436 pipes. The manual compass is 61 notes and pedal compass is 32 notes. It is a traditional style console with roll top. Stop keys are located above the top manual. The swell shoes/pedals are balanced and have standard AGO placement. There are adjustable combination pistons. The pedalboard is AGO Standard (concave radiating). An eight bell zimbelstern was added to complete the organ. The bench has been updated to a Phoenix hydraulic adjustable bench.

Do you have any experience or educational requirements for this position? Experience accompanying a congregation required

Date Posted: September 20, 20201

Position Title: Church Musician

Organization Name: Fjeldberg Lutheran Church

Organization Location: 209 N. 2nd Ave. PO Box 395, Huxley, Iowa

Organization Website: https://www.fjeldberglutheran.org/

Salary Range: $140 - $190 per week

Position Summary: Fjeldberg Lutheran Church (Huxley) is accepting applications for a Church Musician. The ability to play a pipe organ is preferred but not required. This part-time position assists and supports the congregation through worship music leadership. The position consists of piano (or organ) accompaniment for:

• Sunday worship (in-person and pre-recorded on-line worship),

• special holidays and festivals per the church-year schedule,

• vocal choir (Wednesday evening rehearsals and in worship usually once a month),

• special musical offerings by soloists and bell choir (also rehearsing Wednesday evenings).

Application Submission Instructions: To apply, send a resume along with piano (and organ if applicable) recordings to fjeldberg@fjeldberglutheran.org or by mail to Fjeldberg Lutheran, PO Box 395, Huxley IA 50124.

Email Address pastorerick@fjeldberglutheran.org

Does your organization consider this to be a ministry position? No

Please describe the instrument(s) that the applicant would be playing: Reuter pipe organ, 2 manuals, built 1973 and Kawai baby grand piano

Do you have any experience or educational requirements for this position?

Date Posted: September 30, 2021

Position Title: Music Director

Organization Name: First Presbyterian Church

Organization Location: 1025 5th Ave, Grinnell, IA 50112

Organization Website: https://www.firstpresgrinnell.org

Position Summary: Regularly provide keyboard music on Sundays, and for special services (Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve, etc.), including organ and/or piano, choir, and special music. Music director will select anthems and/or special music, prelude, and postlude. Our worship, including music, is traditional in form and progressive in theology.

Direct the choir in rehearsal and worship. Rehearsals are once a week from September to June. Choir is open to all people regardless of musical ability.

Possibility of directing bells, time and ability permitting.

Arrange for special music during the summer months when choir doesn’t meet

Meet with worship committee (approximately four times a year) to plan worship for each liturgical season.

Maintain and expand the music library within the annual budget for music.

Music director will have first right of refusal for weddings and funerals – will be compensated separately for these.

Application Submission Instructions: send/email resume and cover letter to:

First Presbyterian Church
1025 5th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112

kirsten@klepfer.net (Pastor’s email)

phone: 641-236-6059

Please describe the instrument(s) that the applicant would be playing: Allen Digital Organ

Do you have any experience or educational requirements for this position? A welcoming, non-judgmental, flexible spirit.

Willingness and ability to work with people of all abilities and personalities.

Keyboard proficiency for liturgical music (e.g. traditional hymns) required. Organ experience preferred.

Willingness to either select music with inclusive language, or adjust words in music with non-inclusive language.

Date Posted: November 14, 2021

Position Title: Organist/Accompanist

Organization Name: Immanuel UMC

Organization Location: DES MOINES

Organization Website: www.iumc.org

Salary Range: $8000-$8500

Position Summary: This position will provide accompaniment of our traditional worship service on organ and/or piano every week from September through May and every other week in the summer. Additional worship leadership is needed for weddings, funerals, and special holiday services. This position will also provide accompaniment for soloists, ensembles, and/or children’s music.

Application Submission Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume to sprc@immanueldsm.org

Email Address: katied@iumc.org

Does your organization consider this to be a ministry position? Yes

Please describe the instrument(s) that the applicant would be playing:

  • Organ: newly restored and re-leathered Casavant organ with 2 manuals, 19 stops, and 26 ranks

  • Sanctuary Piano: Yamaha Baby Grand

Do you have any experience or educational requirements for this position?

  • Musical proficiency and experience on organ.

  • At least one year of leading a congregation in worship.