Organist

Play the organ for religious services, weddings, and funerals.
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What do Organists do?

If you’ve ever attended a church service or been to a church wedding, you’ve probably heard organ music wafting through the congregation. On cue, the choir belts out the lyrics to popular hymns, the Organist keeping pace and playing in key.

If you’re considering a job as an Organist, you probably already know that it requires skill and a love for music. In addition, it necessitates practice—a lot of practice. In fact, most Organists begin taking organ or piano lessons at a young age.

Even with that experience under your belt, the organ as your instrument of choice has limitations, portability being the major one. Because they are often so large, the Organist comes to the organ, rather than the other way around. That’s why the majority of Organists perform in church settings.

Outside of the church, Organists can play as part of a musical group, such as an orchestra, and could even record music as a soloist or with a band. Either way, you will need an ear for music, timing, quick fingers, passion, and the ability to keep tempo with Singers or other Musicians. With practice and dedication, you could be asked to work during Sunday church services, or be hired to perform at weddings or funerals. You might also provide the musical accompaniment for plays or dance recitals.

Although these and other paid opportunities exist, most Organists do it more for the love than the paycheck. So keep your day job, but pursue your passion!


Should I be an Organist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Accompanist, Organ Player

    How to become an Organist

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