Organ and choral music have a long, rich history in worship across many faiths and denominations.
The organ may have been introduced into Christian workshop as early as the 7th Century, and its use can be traced continuously to the present day. As a prominent feature in many churches, pipe organs can also play an important evangelical role in the Church's outreach to the community via sacred concerts, music series, and other musical and cultural initiatives.
Depending on the size and requirements of each individual place of worship, the role of organist, choral director or head of music can be full-time, part-time or ad hoc. At church level, roles typically include selecting appropriate music for organ voluntaries, leading the hymn singing and responses, and either leading choral and other musical activity or accompanying, or arranging, rehearsals and performances by choirs and other musicians.
Our current resources for those working to incorporate organ and choral music into worship include:
- Finding an organist
- The list of RCO Licensed Practioners will be published later in 2016.
- For an employed position, you can advertise to College Members and other iRCO users via our jobs board here.
- For other musicians, you may wish to use the ISM directory of musicians.
- Employing church musicians
- We offer a range of relevant resources for employers.
- The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) supports churches with their music, including the provision of advice on remuneration for musicians. They provide advice intended to help ministers or incumbents, church committees or councils and church musicians to discuss and negotiate appropriate arrangements including levels for remuneration.
- Playing for worship
- RCO Academy runs regular classes and courses concerning technique and the selection of music for worship. More details.
- In addition, service playing is a major component of many of our longer courses such as the RCO Academy Summer Course. More details.
- You can also find a range of online learning tools and resources by logging into iRCO.