Date: February 18, 2012
Finding an organist/contemporary band leader all in one if possible..... and what to pay: I wonder if AGO salary guidelines are changing because of the economy and also because of taste in music changing. Young persons are attracted to contemporary rather than organ (in my denomination- Presbyt), in my experience. I have been a singer at my church for a while, but am also involved in an organist search for them. We have this set-up: with one traditional (organ and choir) service at 9, and one contemporary at 11. We hope to find one person for both- the question is, can we? and what do we pay? This would include two nights per week- one contemp band rehearsal and one traditional choir rehearsal, plus the two worship services Sun. How long does it take for such a person to prepare, find music, etc..... I know some of you our there are seasoned organists- Can you shed light on the reality of your time spent, for fair comp planning? So, the job is choir director, band director, and organist/keyboardist.... Not sure how to do the $ package. Oh, and when do we use the title "Music minister"? (another discussion item on our committee!) I appreciate any insight or help with this from those who have walked this path. Thanks!
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