Employment at First Baptist Huntsville

Associate Minister of Music and Organist

The Job Description
Associate Minister of Music and organist is part of the church's ministerial team of 12 ministers and numerous administrative staff. Primary responsibilities include: organist, piano and organ accompanist for the Sanctuary Choir, working closely with the Minister of Music and Worship in planning and administering the church music ministry (a program which has 3 full-time ministers of music and several administrative staff, both full-time and part-time).

The organist plays for the traditional Sunday morning worship service, the occasional special worship service, Holy Week services, multiple performances of the annual Christmas program, music ministry concerts during the year that feature choirs or orchestra, soloists, and ensembles. The position also includes oversight of the handbell choirs, Carillon, organs and pianos, as well as coordination and oversight of the music ministry calendar process. The Associate Minister of Music and Organist is available to serve or oversee organists/pianists for funerals and weddings, participate in weekly staff meetings, and assist with hospital visitation as needed. Candidate does not need to be ordained. 

Organ recitals and concerts are encouraged but not required and diversity of repertoire is appreciated by the congregation. Teaching is permitted and provides additional income. The church is affiliated with both CBF and SBC. Weekly attendance at worship is well over 1000, with approximately 600-700 in the traditional worship service. Organist does not have responsibilities in the contemporary service. In addition to organ playing skills a candidate should have strong piano, accompanying, and sight-reading abilities. The Sanctuary Choir regularly sings a wide variety of repertoire including masterworks. Recent concerts have included Mendelssohn's Elijah as well as Hymn Festivals and presentations featuring bluegrass and big band music. The orchestra plays for services approximately every other week and youth and children's choirs sing regularly in worship. 

About our instruments:
The sanctuary houses an 80-rank 4-manual Casavant organ completed in 1965, with several additions in recent years that include Ceremonial Trumpet, Trumpet En Chamade, and Kontraposaune 32'. In the sanctuary are also two Steinway grand pianos, (a concert grand in the choir loft and a smaller grand on the floor level). The chapel houses a 1970 Reuter organ (8 ranks originally made into 31) and two pianos (one a Yamaha grand on the platform). The church also owns two Boston grand pianos (one in the choral rehearsal room and the other regularly used by the Student Choir). The 48-bell carillon, completed in 1987, is housed in the steeple tower. The office of the Associate Minister of Music and Organist has a Yamaha electric piano (full keyboard, MIDI, etc). 

About our music program:
The FBC Music Ministries are one of the strengths in this healthy church. The music groups are broad, deep and diverse, encompassing a fully graded ministry that includes programs for all ages (preschoolers through Senior Adult Choir). A 50-piece orchestra, contemporary worship bands for adults and students, and various concerts throughout the year are all part of the music program. In recent years the church has begun the Opus 48 Artists Series as well as regularly scheduled masterclasses for singers and instrumentalists. Each summer we offer a music camp for children. Regular mission trips or music festival participation for adults or youth are scheduled. Worship services and numerous previous concerts/presentations by the FBC Music Ministries can be viewed online at, and PDFs of various programs can be downloaded.

The church is very supportive of the local arts community and is a member of the Huntsville Arts Council. FBC also hosts several arts groups onsite, including the Huntsville Community Chorus Association, the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, and occasional concerts of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, when the organ is needed.

Job Requirements:
In addition to requirements listed in the job description, a minimum of Bachelor of Music is needed. Three recent organists had the DMA. Please send a resume with a minimum of three references and supplemental video recordings if possible.

Please contact Minister of Music and Worship Billy Orton, at or by phone (256)428-9424.