Protestant Pianist Keyboardist Worship Musician

USAG Stuttgart Chapel Musicians

29 Apr 2021

USAG Stuttgart Chapel


Pianist Keyboardist


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


1.1 The Government requires Musician Services (Pianist/Keyboardist/Organist) in support of military religious and worship activities. The Musician shall provide support to the Religious Support Office (RSO), Chaplains, and Religious Affairs Specialists for Department of the Army (DA).The location(s) and time(s) specified in the PWS or modified in the contract by the Contracting Officer.

1.2 The musician shall facilitate the communal, public worship life enhancing full and active participation of the assembly/congregation through provision of musical environment for Liturgical, Contemporary, Gospel, Traditional, Chapel Next and Catholic worship services, in collaboration with Military Chaplain, Chaplain Staff, Religious Affairs Specialists, and Civilian workforce.

1.3 Chapel Worship Services provide and ensure the free exercise of religion for Soldiers, their family members, Department of Defense civilians, and other authorized personnel in the military community. Music is a crucial part of worship elements and plays an important role in enhancing the worship experience of participants.


2.1 This is a Non-Personal Services Contract between the USAG-Stuttgart/Panzer, Patch, Robinson Installations, Religious Support Office (RSO) the musician to perform tasks and provide deliverables identified herein. This PWS defines the requirements/deliverables of the musician; ensuring the individual Free Exercise of Religion for military personnel, family members, and authorized personnel; a statutory requirement under USC Title X.

2.2 This contract does not create an employer-employee relationship between the Government and Musician, as well as any corporation, partnership, business association, other party or legal entity with which the Musician may be associated. The Government assumes no responsibility for costs incurred for services performed by the 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 will be made monthly on a per service basis.

2.3 The Musician shall provide support for those services for which no 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.

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

2.5 No UMT member, military member, DA Civilian, fellow musician or volunteer can supervise or direct the Musician or control the method by which he/she performs the required tasks. Under no circumstances shall a work schedule be prepared for the Musician or the impression be given that the Musician is an employee of the Government. It is the responsibility of the 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.

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

3.0 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE. The Government contemplates a four-year contract consisting of a 12 month base plus three 12-month optional periods of performance.

4.0 PLACE OF PERFORMANCE. 4.1 For Christian/Protestant Services, the Place of Performance is at Government facility, USAG-Stuttgart/Panzer Kaserne/Patch Barracks/Robinson Barracks.


5.1 General

5.1.1 Musician shall attend planning and coordination meetings and provide necessary musical input for services.

5.1.2 Musician personnel shall regard personal information on all applicants, volunteers, and participants as confidential. Musician shall comply with all privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations. As required by public laws and military regulations, the Musician shall divulge information of illegal activities to the proper authorities.

5.1.3 The Musician personnel shall present a neat, well-groomed appearance appropriate for religious worship services and other activities identified in this PWS while performing under this contract.

5.1.4 Musician personnel shall behave in a professional manner befitting US military religious support activities. Musician personnel shall demonstrate dignity and respect, keeping in harmony with the values and norms of the Army Chaplain Corps. Musician personnel shall refrain from using offensive language such as swearing, cursing, disparaging language, and other such communications.

5.2 Task 1 Pianist Musician Services

5.2.1 Musician shall provide Piano or Keyboard for Christian/Protestant (Contemporary, Gospel, Traditional, Chapel Next) Music Support Service to include preludes, postludes, offertory, accompanying singing of hymns/choruses/spiritual songs and the choir, background music for meditation, prayers, and communion.

5.2.2 Musician Pianist/Keyboardist shall participate in rehearsal services. Weekly. To be coordinated with the Staff Chaplain. Not to exceed 1 hour per rehearsal. Special Services rehearsals, to be coordinated with Staff Chaplain. Not to exceed 1 hour each. The Musician shall arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled service or rehearsal and remain 5 minutes following the benediction. Rehearsal locations shall be in accordance with paragraph 4.0 above.

5.2.3 The Musician shall perform at all scheduled services and miss no more than 2 per year.

5.3 Task 2 Music Support for Memorials

5.3.1 Memorial ceremonies and services are determined by, and coordinated with, the Chapel Pastor. The Musician shall provide worship support to include the prelude and postlude music for the ceremony as well as accompaniment of any musical pieces required as part of the program.

5.3.2 Standard: The musician will be prepared to support a memorial ceremony on short notice if necessary as commanders determine the timing based upon operational tempo and unit needs. The musician will need to rehearse on the day prior and the ceremony not to exceed 30 minutes.

6.0 MUSICIAN QUALIFICATIONS. The Musician shall provide a resume and documentation to substantiate personal qualifications. Although a specific degree is not mandatory, any credentials pertaining to this position, training and experience is considered in the award. 6.1 Musician: 6.1.1 Musicians shall be musically proficient on their specific instrument, proficient in reading music, and possess experience performing in religious worship settings.

6.1.2 Musicians shall possess sufficient experience playing their specific musical instruments appropriate at public worship services. Generally the Government requires a minimum of two years of experience. This requirement is waiverable by the COR upon senior installation Chaplain’s review and approval of key personnel resumes of primary or replacement musician personnel. Any request for waiver must address how proposed musician employee’s knowledge, skills, education, or training prepared the employee to perform the tasks satisfactorily absent two years of relevant experience.

6.1.3 Musician shall provide a resume which identifies musician personnel’s professional and spiritual understanding of church music, determined by a history of working specifically in development of musical worship plans.

6.2 Background Checks and Investigations: Contract personnel shall submit to and pass a thorough Criminal History Background Check per Public Law 101-647, Section 231, Crime Control Act of 1990; DoD 1402.5, Criminal History background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services, AFI 31-501 Background Checks/Investigations and 36 WG/HC OI 31-3, Background Investigation. The background check will be coordinated by the Chaplain Division and includes an Installation Records Check and a Child Care National Agency Check and Inquires.

6.3 Competency of Musician Personnel. All services under this contract are to be performed by an adult. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. The Musician shall be fully qualified to perform the required services without any supervision or direction by Government Personnel.

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 "Section 6.0 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: (scroll down to “USAG Stuttgart”).  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.