Churches Struggling to Find Organists

Churches Struggling to Find Organists

Some of us are looking for a good church organist position and some churches are looking for a good church organist. Here is an article and video from The Baltimore Sun that addresses the current situation.

When the longtime organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace announced her retirement last fall, the leaders of the small 200-year-old congregation faced a bigger challenge than they knew.

Music — particularly the music of the organ — is central to the life of the church. Members say the instrument’s rich sounds complement their liturgy, inspire congregational singing and even seem to invite the Holy Spirit into their presence.

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3 Responses to Churches Struggling to Find Organists

  1. George Murphy says:


    I see it from a far different perspective:

    At least in my area of the NY Metro geographic. The churches are screaming for membership and attendance is way down, especially in the more conventional worship scene. (Traditional worship format)

    The increase in the number of ‘drum sets’ to be found in sanctuaries across the country is quite evident. There are many young musicians who are organ performance majors in our colleges and universities, so there is no lack of “organists,” per se. Now, they may be more than qualified; however, they may also not desire to get into the “church” scene, which can be a hotbed of politics and down-the-road disappointment.

    Another aspect of the apparent problem is the condition (also make/type) of the instrument in the edifice. Without proper funding, the upkeep is often times non existent.

    I could write a book; but, I will say that there are hosts of issues regarding this topic and it is from all sides and directions – there is no singular reason or blame.

  2. Sabrina Croft says:

    I must agree with Mr. Murphy. Here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, the more traditional churches are definitely showing indications of becoming rapidly extinct, whilst the more contemporary evangelical style congregations are either on the rise, or at least stable.

    Things are looking pretty bleak, and it’s time the churches seriously consider trying out different worship styles and formats. The traditional ones are dying.

    But yeah. Politics and playing games. This will always be a major feature in the church too. Go figure!

  3. George Murphy says:

    Thank you Ms. Croft, you can see the problem, too.
    It is a worldwide issue. If one has any doubts, then look at the churches in Europe.
    Same deal.

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