Position Description for Assistant Director of Traditional Music Ministries and Assistant Organist

Position Status: Part Time (20 hours per week)

Position Type: Exempt

Amenability: Dr. Mark Chaney (Director of Music), Senior Pastor, and Staff Parish Relations Committee

Position Objective: Effectively assist the Director of Music to lead all volunteers, ensembles, and teams that support traditional worship life of FUMC in accordance with the church's mission and vision.

Detailed Job Description

Overview of the Forrest Memorial Pipe Organ:

M.P. Moller, 1954, Opus No. 8350

Rebuilding and Additions by Moller Organ, 1980

Chancel and Antiphonal Consoles by Moller Organ, 1989

Tonal Additions by Walker Technical Company, 1999

Detailed Organ Specifications

Overview of FUMC Music Ministry

A Few Former Assistants:

Christopher Betts, Organist and Associate Director of  Music, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

Sigurd Øgaard, Associate Minister for Music and Organist, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX.

Jeffery Howard, Music Director at St. David's Praise Choir and Orchestra, Music Director at Cambrensis Choir, and Music Director at Treorchy Male Choir, Cardiff, UK.

Neil Chippington, Headmaster at St. Paul's Cathedral School, London, UK.

Nicholas White, Music Director at Boston Cecilia, Director of Chapel Music & Organist, Chair of the Arts Department at St. Paul's School, and Music Director at Tiffany Consort, Concord, NH.

Forrest Memorial Pipe Organ

How to Apply:

Please send Resume and References via one of the following:

Attn: Dr. Mark Chaney
1411 Broadway St.
Lubbock, TX. 79401


Subject Line:  Organist Search

We expect to fill the position by September of 2016.

UK auditions will be held on:
March 4, 2016 (in Oxford) and March 5, 2016 (in London) 

Most Recent Assistant - Dan Smith, MM AAGO

“I would highly recommend this opportunity. The choirs at First United Methodist Church are a warm, genuine and welcoming community of wonderful people. The FUMC music department is well supported, and is a good place to work, with lots of interesting projects and musical opportunities. I learnt a great deal from Dr. Mark Chaney, and I enjoyed combining this role with fruitful studies at Texas Tech University. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Lubbock, and it has been a rich and rewarding experience for me.”
— Dan Smith, MM AAGO

Dan Smith served the FUMC Music Ministry from 2012 until 2015 while working on his Master's program at Texas Tech University.