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Job Opening: Choir Director/Organist

UPDATE: THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER OPEN

CHOIR DIRECTOR/ORGANIST (Job Posting)
ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, NEWMARKET, ONTARIO

Reporting directly to our Rector, the Choir Director/Organist will ensure worship services are enhanced through the use of choral and instrumental music so as to encourage congregational participation in the liturgy. The successful candidate will work within a liturgical team to provide leadership to help members of the parish and the wider community to deepen their faith through the integration of liturgy, music, education and teaching in a traditional Anglican setting. The Choir Director/Organist must have a solid background in Anglican sacred music and will successfully manage, lead and grow our established choir.They must also be a competent organist, choir director and conductor.

Position Summary

  • Provide leadership in a ministry of music which is sensitive to the Anglican tradition, the strategic plan of the parish, and in concert with the liturgical year.
  • Maintain, attend, nurture, recruit for and direct a choir; one practice per week for 10 months a year.
  • In consultation with the Incumbent, select appropriate hymns and anthems for all Sunday and Holy Day services.
  • Provide music for occasional services which include Holy Days, weddings, funerals and ecumenical events held in the church.
  • Participate in liturgical season planning meetings; and other meetings relating to music worship within the parish.
  • Responsible for the parish music library and, within the limits of the annual budget, purchase choir music, vestments and arrange for supplemental musicians.
  • Responsible for submitting an annual budget to the churchwardens for approval by the vestry.
  • Manage and coordinate the congregational hymnals and other liturgical music resources, making recommendations for purchases and new music to the churchwardens.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Rector.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years of choral, organ and music leadership experience in the Anglican
    Church of Canada or in an equivalently relevant setting.
  • Superior playing skills on piano and organ, and be knowledgeable in both traditional and
    contemporary church music.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to relate well with a diverse group of volunteers and staff with varying skills and abilities.
  • Good sense of humour, mature emotional countenance, and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work effectively in a collaborative and multi?disciplinary team setting.
  • Strong organization, decision making and judgment skills.
  • The ability to engage, encourage, and lead a choir of varied musical experience and training.

Working Conditions

  • Organ: 2 manual Allen Digital Organ with a card reader and antiphonal speakers controlled from the console.
  • A minimum of 10hours per week.
  • Variable schedule given weddings, funerals and services in liturgical seasons such as Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
  • Compensation will be in accordance with Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) Guidelines, commensurate with ability and experience.

Interested Candidates should submit their current resume and cover letter in confidence to:

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