The Choir Director

The Choir Director

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church, where preaching isn’t always enough, nothing goes better with the Word than a song–and it’s time for some hard-earned lessons in love, brotherhood, and betrayal.

Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, the Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Anthony Mackie, to revive the church.

Anthony Mackie has been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director like Kirk Franklin. But while Anthony is more than up to the challenge, his ways around women, both past and present, could cost him more than his job.

Savannah Dickens is just one of the women who’s caught Anthony’s attention. The choir needs a soloist, and Savannah, a beautiful singer who once topped the charts, also needs the church. She has a voice that could break any man’s heart, but now she just wants to be left alone to reclaim her faith.

First Lady Monique Wilson is far from being the typical first lady. She does and says what she wants, and doesn’t subscribe to church politics. Despite her shortcomings and a past rumored to include a long list of men, she’s willing to do just about anything to protect the Bishop.

The members of First Jamaica Ministries are also keeping the Bishop busy with choir in-fighting, romantic jealousies, and personal vendettas. You’d think the Bishop was being tested enough, but a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed: Someone has been robbing the church blind. Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort. . . .

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How is the job market for pianist/organist/church music director in North Carolina?

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.

Best answer:

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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