Organist Friend Needs Prayers
  • StimsonInRehabStimsonInRehab
    Posts: 1,639
    A friend of mine who plays organ for a parish I used to attend, and for a long time was choir director, was told this last week he's being laid off because the current choir director is having budget issues. Now he has to decide whether he's going to keep playing for nothing, or find a new, paying parish.

    Please pray for him. If you live fairly close to me (and I know YOU know if you do), please send me a private message if you know of a good parish.
  • Sorry to hear that. I will keep your friend in my prayers that he will be able to find a good position.
  • 'Um, I'm sorry, but we can no longer pay you... but um, you're welcome to stay on for free.'

    That says it all.
    Look for another parish.
    If you stay there you are being had.

    Money is there, or it is found for what people really want.....
    .... it is found for what and who they really value (and respect).
  • StimsonInRehabStimsonInRehab
    Posts: 1,639
    The really messed up thing in all of this - my friend suspects that the new choir director is having budget issues because he's hiring singers for the parish choir.

    They never needed paid musicians when my friend was in charge. They did music that was simple, but still elegant and accessible. The whole thing is just mind-boggling to me.
  • canadashcanadash
    Posts: 1,455
    There is a local Christianed Reformed church with a lovely new building and spectacular organ. They have a talented, paid organist. I was there for a recital the other day and was shocked at how few regular parishioners are listed (compared to our huge parish), yet paying the organist is not a problem. It is mind boggling.
    Thanked by 1M. Jackson Osborn