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Part-time Accompanist

at Buckingham UMC in Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area

Organist position - Buckingham UMC Garland
January 17, 2018

Position Title: Organist/Accompanist
Organization Name: Buckingham United Methodist Church, 1212 W. Buckingham Rd, Garland, TX
Job Type: Part-time # of hours/week: n/a

Organization Website:

Annual Pay (Competitive salary as negotiated)
Education/Experience Required: Minimum – Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or BA in Music
Coordinate with the Director of Music and the staff in planning, preparing, and playing music appropriate to each service of worship. Sunday services are at 8:30am and 11:00am.
Select, prepare, and play voluntaries, etc. appropriate for the season or day on organ or piano.
Play for additional worship services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Accompany the annual Christmas cantata, which includes chamber orchestra.
Accompany the chancel choir and attend weekly rehearsals.
The organist will be offered first right of refusal to play weddings, memorial services, and funerals.
Advise Director of Music regarding organ and piano maintenance.
Acquire substitutes when absent.
Vacation per calendar year: as negotiated
Instruments in sanctuary – 11-rank Bedient tracker and 1950’s Kawai grand piano
About the organ:

The Sanctuary Organ was built by the Bedient Pipe Organ Company in 1992. This 2-manual, 11-rank tracker pipe organ was installed when the new sanctuary at BUMC was completed in 1992. The organ beautifully fills the worship space of the 400 seat sanctuary.
This unique organ is a compilation of advances in organ building but is as close a representation of a 17th and 18th century European organ as you can get. Gene Bedient is one of only a few American organ builders who has studied 17th and 18th century European organ construction and applied those principles to the design of modern instruments.
The organ is entirely handmade, including the 668 individual pipes. The case is white oak, and other woods used in the instrument are sugar pine, mahogany, rosewood, ebony, western red cedar and poplar. It is a beautiful pipe organ with flawless craftsmanship.
The instrument is a "tracker" organ, an organ term synonymous with "mechanical action." It denotes a system of providing instantaneous air to the pipes. The "trackers" are small wooden linkages which are connected to the keys. When the organist depresses a key on the keyboard, a mechanical link inside the organ is pulled which then opens a valve system admitting air immediately to the corresponding pipe. This tracker system is extremely desirable because it gives the organist a rhythmic and melodic sensitivity in playing that is not possible with organs constructed by other methods.

Bedient Pipe Organ Company, Opus 35 1992

Swell Great
Cornet II Mixture III
Flute 2' Octave 2'
Spitzflute 4' Praestant 4'
Gedackt 8' Rohrflute 8'
II/I I/Pedal
Subbass 16' II/Pedal

Contact information

Applicants may send a letter of introduction and résumé to

Position: Accompanist
Position Focus: Church
ISD/School: Buckingham United Methodist Church
TMEA Region: TMEA Region 3

Contact Person: Brian McKinney
Street/Number: 1212 W. Buckingham Road
City: Garland
State: TX
Zip: 75002

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