Question by tahitipooh: How is the job market for pianist/organist/church music director in North Carolina?
I am a well-trained piano teacher and church music director and have been living and working in NY and CT. I have heard about the economic boom in NC and am wondering about finding a job there.
Answer by i. jones
One does not go into church music to make a living.
If you’ve got a doctorate and all sorts of credentials and can find a church to pay you, you’ll be lucky to get a few grand a year. Almost anywhere except in major cities and at well-known high-profile churches you’re going to be underpaid and under appreciated by those in charge.
The AGO, if you’re a member, may be of some use in helping find paying temp jobs (but summer is over) or a steady gig if someone else in the area hasn’t snatched it up.
Sad but true, traditional church attendance is declining, some denominations are digging out of financial problems of their own even to the point of combining congregations and selling off buildings and land.
Churches that are growing are focusing on pop music with “‘lectric geetarz and drumbz” rather than hymns, choral works and organ and piano.
… it’s all part of the dumbing down of America.
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