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Assistant Organist

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Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date 12/19/2017
Close Date

Classification Information

Classification Title Assistant University Organist
Division Provost's Office
Department All Saints' Chapel
FLSA Status Non-Exempt Hourly
Career/Pay Band NE9
Work Schedule Full Year
If Other, specify months
Full Time vs Part Time Full Time
Appointment Term
If Term, specify number of years 3 years
Primary Function

This position is an internship which involves assisting the University Organist in the preparation of all services in All Saints’ Chapel, and assisting the Assistant Professor of Church Music in the music program at the School of Theology.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

All Saints’ Chapel
1. Play for weekly Eucharist on Sundays during the 11:00 a.m. service.
2. Play for occasional services as needed: University services, monthly Choral Evensong, the annual Service of Lessons and Carols, weddings, and funerals.
3. Accompany the daily rehearsals of the University Choir and conduct rehearsals for sections of the choir (sectional rehearsals) as needed.
4. Accompany the performances of the University Choir: weekly Sunday Eucharist, monthly Choral Evensong, the annual Service of Lessons and Carols, and domestic and international tours.
5. Conduct the rehearsals and performances of the University Choir in absence of the University Organist/Choirmaster.

Chapel of the Apostles
1. Play the organ for daily sung services of Morning Prayer (Monday-Friday), Evening Prayer (Monday, Tuesday), and Eucharist (Tuesday-Thursday). This responsibility is shared with the Assistant Professor of Church Music, and is flexible; the Assistant University Organist typically plays between one-third and one-half of these services in any week.
2. Play for other occasional School of Theology liturgies, such as Matriculation and Commencement.
3. Accompany both the Seminary Choir and the Schola (an auditioned chamber choir) in weekly rehearsals and services, occasionally leading rehearsals and conducting, especially in the absence of the Assistant Professor of Church Music.

Judgment Required Prescribed, established procedures are primarily used to perform the essential functions of this position.
Budgetary Responsibility None
Machines & Equipment Used


Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


Bachelor or Master’s Degree in organ performance and/or church music


Three to four years working in a church environment.

Job Related Skills

Able to play the organ.


Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

Conduct student choir rehearsals


Answer questions, play for events involving faculty and/or staff members.


Answer questions, play for events, including weddings, funerals, commencement.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by supervisor after completion.
Positions Directly Supervised

Choir students

Positions Indirectly Supervised

Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Work Environment

Working Environment

Church environment

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening
Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents