Protestant Traditional Musician Pianist and Organist

Ft. Belvoir Musicians

02 May 2021

Ft. Belvoir

Musicians

Pianist and Organist

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The successful candidate for this position will be a 1099 contractor with Music Ministry International and be responsible for the following:

1.0 INTRODUCTION. The purpose of this Performance Work Statement (JOB DESCRIPTION) is to identify the requirements/deliverables of the worship musician(s) needed to perform services as a Protestant Service Organist and Pianist for two separate Protestant Observances weekly at Fort Belvoir, VA for the Traditional Protestant and the Anglican congregation The Worship musician shall provide support to the Chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists, and Religious Support Office (RSO) Department of the Army (DA). The location(s) and time(s) are specified in the JOB DESCRIPTION or modified in the contract by the Contracting Officer. Typically the services meet at 0900 and 1100 each Sunday at Fort Belvoir Chapel.

2.0 SCOPE OF WORK:

2.1 This is a Non-Personal Services Contract between Fort Belvoir Religious Support Office (RSO) and an independent worship musician to deliver specific requirements and deliverables to the Protestant congregation on Fort Belvoir, VA, PGMN. This Performance Work Statement defines the requirements/deliverables of the worship musician; ensuring the individual free exercise of religion for military personnel, family members, and authorized personnel; a statutory requirement under USC Title X. The Worship musician must not sustain a valid CAC in order to fulfill the requirements of this agreement.

2.2 The Worship musician shall serve as the musician for the Fort Belvoir Protestant congregation worship service. The Worship musician shall accomplish the following tasks and activities effectively to provide the instrumental music services noted above.

2.3 This contract does not create an employer-employee relationship between the Government and Worship musician, as well as any corporation, partnership, business association, other party or legal entity with which the Worship musician may be associated. The Government assumes no responsibility for costs incurred for services performed by the worship musician that are not included in this contract. There are no provisions for lodging, employee benefits, medical care, retirement or Workmen's Compensation Insurance. Payment shall be made monthly on a per service basis.

2.4 The Worship musician shall provide support for those services for which no Fort Belvoir Unit Ministry Team (UMT) members (Chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists), RSO Department of the Army (DA) Civilians and volunteers can provide. The contract cannot duplicate duties required or provided by these entities as contracted services are an exception to policy.

2.5 The Worship musician shall serve the Congregation Community and the greater Fort Belvoir religious support community.

2.6 This contract is not a fulltime position with a standard 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday work environment. Workdays and hours will vary according to the approved Calendar of Events, tasks outlined in the CLINs and the time of meetings. Many of the tasks will require evening and weekend hours.

2.7 No UMT member, military member, DA Civilian, fellow worship musician or volunteer can supervise or direct the Worship musician or control the method by which he/she performs the required tasks. Under no circumstances shall a work schedule be prepared for the Worship musician or the impression be given that the Worship musician is an employee of the Government. It is the responsibility of the Worship musician to guard against any actions that are of the nature of personal services, give the impression of personal services or portray his/her position as that of an employee.

2.8 Under no circumstances shall a Worship musician provide direction to a Religious Affairs Specialist (RAS), general military member, a DA Civilian, fellow worship musician or volunteer, nor shall he/she represent in an official capacity of the Federal Government, U.S. Army or Air Force or the local congregation that the contract supports.

2.9 The Worship musician shall adhere to all security and weather warnings and notifications. In the event that inclement weather causes the cancellation and/or postponement of an event, the COR will notify the worship musician when services are not needed.

3.0 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE. The contract shall be for 01 October- 30 September; and parties may renew this agreement with mutual assent in writing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022; FY 2023; FY 2024; and FY 2025.

4.0 REQUIREMENTS/PERORMANCE STANDARDS.

4.1 Designated Worship Services. The Worship musician shall play the piano or organ for the designated worship service including accompany signing of hymns, choruses; play preludes (beginning 15 minutes prior to designated start time), offertory, and background for mediation/prayers, and postlude (extending five (5) minutes after conclusion of service) that enhances the atmosphere of worship for the particular congregation.

4.2 Accompaniment for Choir.

4.2.1 The Worship musician shall play the organ or piano as accompaniment for choir and/or worship team rehearsals as needed.

4.2.2 The Worship musician shall coordinate with the worship leader and adjust tempo and style of accompaniment to enhance the congregation’s ability to participate in worship through the signing of hymns, choruses, and spiritual songs.

4.3 Special Services. The Worship musician shall play the organ or piano as accompaniment for choir for Special Services.

4.3.1 The Worship musician shall communicate with the Chaplains, song/worship leaders, and other musicians conducting the service to ensure a coordinated service of worship for the congregation. Plan and coordinate all musical selections with the Chaplain of the congregation or his/her designated representative in select music in keeping with the theme of the worship service.

4.3.2 The Worship musician shall provide music selections to the Chaplain in time to be published in the bulletin for the services.

4.3.3 The Worship musician shall notify the COR concerning any maintenance problems or requests concerning the instrument(s) of the Chaplain facility.

5.0 WRITTEN AGREEMENT. The parties may alter this agreement at any time with mutual assent in writing.

6.0 THE WORSHIP MUSICIAN SHALL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC SERVICES IAW THE DIRECTIVES OF THE GENERAL PROTESTANT SENIOR PASTOR/CHAPLAIN OR HIS DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE:

CLIN 1: Worship Services. Provide quality musical accompaniment for the congregation, choir, ensembles, choir section leaders and soloists, both vocal and instrumental.

CLIN 2: Rehearsals. Provide quality accompaniment for choirs, ensembles, choir section leaders and soloists, both vocal and instrumental.

CLIN 3: Special Services. Provide quality accompaniment for choirs, ensembles, choir section leaders and soloists, both vocal and instrumental when requested (i.e. Holy Days, funerals).

CLIN 4: Special Rehearsals. Provide quality accompaniment for choirs, ensembles, choir section leaders and soloists, both vocal and instrumental when requested.

7.0 WORSHIP MUSICIAN QUALIFICATIONS. The Worship musician shall provide a resume and documentation to substantiate personal qualifications. Although a specific religious education degree is not mandatory, any credentials in religious education training and experience will be considered in the award of this contract.

7.1 Demonstrate ability to play satisfactorily the identified instrument(s) (Piano and Organ) available to the congregation.

7.2 Demonstrate ability to play satisfactorily all selections in the Armed Forces Hymnal and other hymnals and/or song books designated by the Chaplain.

7.3 Be familiar with the faith traditions and practices of the supported congregation(s), and committed to the spiritual health of the RSO and the supported worshipping community.

7.4 Possess the ability to comprehend and communicate effectively in English, both orally and writing.

7.5 Must have personal transportation to fulfill contract requirements and any other items or services to fulfill this contract.

Interested Candidates are requested to forward their resume together with three references from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s good work and steadiness.  Candidates who do not possess the specific attributes/qualifications in "7.0 WORSHIP MUSICIAN QUALIFICATIONS" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications..   

Apply directly at: https://music-ministry.jobsoid.com (scroll down to “Ft. Belvoir”).  Your application must include three (3) references including one priest or pastor who can attest to your abilities as they relate to this job posting.  References must include: name, title, organization, relationship to you, email address (necessary field) and phone number. Depending on security software, candidates are requested to monitor spam folders for further application communications from MMI.