Responsibilites of a Ward Organist
- Provides prelude and postlude music and accompaniment for hymns at sacrament meeting and other ward meetings as requested. (10-15 min. prelude and 5-10 min. postlude for a typical Sacrament Meeting)
- Obtains the hymn assignments in plenty of time to practice for accompanying in sacrament meeting.
- Chooses appropriate prelude and postlude music (hymns, hymn arrangements, and other appropriate selections)
- Chooses appropriate stops (which control the sound and volume) for the hymns being sung, i.e., not too loud on a sacrament hymn or contemplative hymn, and not too soft on a boisterous, upbeat hymn.
- Offers occasional, rehearsed, appropriate accompaniment changes, i.e., volume changes, registration changes, etc.
- Uses the metronome markings in the hymnbook as a guide for correct tempos
- Watches the music director for cues, i.e., pauses, ritardandos, slight change in tempos, etc.
- Learns and practices good accompanying techniques.
- PRACTICES REGULARLY TO AVOID MAKING MISTAKES