SpiritCare needs pianists to accompany the services. At most services you will play 4 hymns, which may be sent to you before the service. You may also play music when the residents receive bread and communion wine as part of the service.
Sometimes you may play "Happy Birthday" for residents or a seasonal song, like the National Anthem, around July 4th or a carol, around Christmas. Pianists sometimes play before and after a worship service. If you are not able to play regularly, then you may want to sign up as a backup pianist for when our regulars are on vacation.
Guitar players add variety to worship services. If the piano is situated so that the pianist's back is to the residents, then it can be useful for the pianist or a other player to face the listeners by playing an instrument like a guitar. Other instrumentalists like trumpeters and mouth organ players have also participated at SpiritCare events.
Sometimes a care home has an open day and needs special music. Then there's an opportunity to play classical music and songs. It is amazing for a young pianist to play old melodies that they may not know, and find that a room of elderly people is joining in the music.
Musical groups and ensembles are also welcome to join SpiritCare. Ensembles may play regularly or they may play for a special event like a Volunteer Appreciation breakfast.
Experience in playing the instrument of choice
Ability to accompany services, setting the tempo and pitch with a solid introduction to songs and hymns
Flexibility if something unexpected happens, for example, a pastor may be delayed and you may have to play some music to keep residents engaged
Sight-reading is not essential, but occasionally there may be a need to play a different tune from sight
Ability to lower the pitch of high-pitched hymns that may be too high for people to sing comfortably
Knowledge of tunes that seniors like
Typical Time Commitment
1 hour/month at a residence plus travel & prep time to full time.