|Director, Music Ministries|
|Name of church or organization|
|Emmanuel Episcopal Church|
|Job Title: Director of Music Ministries
Reports to: Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Type of Commitment: Fulltime
Application Process: Email cover letter, resume (2-page max), audio files (optional) and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit eecpetoskey.org
Application Deadline: September 4, 2018
About the Parish: In the summer of 1876, the first Bishop of the newly-formed Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan visited Petoskey and could find only one person who identified with the Episcopal tradition. In January of 1877, the first Episcopal service was held, using the building of the German Methodist Church. In August of 1877, the Bishop visited again, held a service in a hotel parlor, and the “Emmanuel Mission” was begun with fifteen members.
Music Ministries Today: Music is a key part of how we worship and fulfill our mission as a church. It’s also one of the ways that we draw people deeper into this community of faith. Ours is a congregation that loves to sing. For those who want to contribute in a more formal way, we offer choirs for singers of all ages and abilities, from 6 years on up. Together, members of these groups provide music for hundreds of services throughout the year.
About the Organ: One of the finest organs in northern Michigan, our pipe organ is a 25 rank (sets of pipes) instrument built by the Lauck Pipe Organ Company of Otsego, Michigan, installed in August of 2008. The instrument is a three manual (keyboards), French style terraced console, with pipework installed in two freestanding cases. Ten ranks of pipe work from the old Holloway organ were salvaged, re-worked, re-voiced, and installed in the new instrument in addition to fifteen ranks of new pipes, a Zimbelstern and chimes. The casework was designed to accent the rose window and frame in the 100-year-old reredos ornamental wood partition wall behind the altar. Equipment includes the Allen Smart Recorder and the Allen Ensemble, featuring 128 General MIDI Sounds and 94 Allen-Sampled Organ Stops. There are two grand pianos.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide a diversity of music, blending contemporary, reflective (i.e., Taize) and traditional music styles for two Sunday services, as well as additional liturgies including but not limited to Sunday evening contemporary services, major feast days (i.e., Christmas and Holy Week) and other major celebrations as determined by the Rector and parish worship leadership.
Future Success Factors:
1. Develop a vibrant Adult and Children’s Choir. Seeks out new choir members with a missionary zeal and encourages others to do the same. Doubles the size of the adult choir quickly. The choirs, including children’s and youth, give breath and voice to Emmanuel’s mission, and through a music education ministry, draws the congregation more deeply into worship. Recognizes the musical talents (vocal as well as instrumental) of our members and includes them in the service. Encourages choir members to develop their skills through enthusiasm and positive suggestions.
2. Team Player with Staff of Emmanuel. Attuned to Emmanuel’s “big picture” strategic goals and establishes musical activities and programs to support the mission of the church. Actively participates in regular staff meetings with the Rector and senior staff as a key church leader. Seeks frequent feedback from the Rector and other staff for performance improvement opportunities, demonstrates general teamwork skills. Communicates with staff members and the congregation in multiple ways, including the Harbinger and the webpage.
3. Visible Music Director in northern Michigan’s community of musicians. Builds a network in the musical community in ways that draw talent to the church’s music program, and through the music ministry, serves as a source of parish growth. Works with other churches on joint events and services. Promotes the use of our facilities and organ as a venue for a variety of musicians and musical performances. Includes Bay View faculty and students in our summer music worship.
4. Values Episcopal traditions and demonstrates knowledge of Episcopal music repertoire. Supports the Rector, parish staff, and members of the congregation to further the work and mission of the parish in both individual and corporate spiritual formation. Understands Episcopal liturgy, and the Anglican music that draws Episcopalians together, including The Hymnal of the Episcopal Church, music that reflects the diverse natures of the children of God, and new musical expressions in liturgy, keeping a balance of music familiar and unfamiliar to the congregation.
5. Approachable. Shows warmth and a sense of humor. Puts people at ease and connects with them. Demonstrates good speaking, listening, and writing skills. Deals effectively with differences.
6. Effective organizer. Reliable, punctual, and prepared for meetings, rehearsals, and services. Prepares self and others for musical performances. Clearly conveys objectives, expectations, and critical dates or deadlines to the choir, staff, and vestry. Prepares a proposed annual music budget for Vestry approval and manages budget expenditures within approved guidelines. Responsible for timely repair and maintenance of our instruments. Efficiently uses current music library.
8. Aspires to be part of the church family. Engages in church activities beyond a narrow scope of job duties. Participates with the congregation in social activities and seeks to connect with our members to form relationships. Serves as a role model of Christian values and ethical conduct. Uplifts others by his or her presence. Available for parish funerals and weddings, and to meet with family and wedding couples to plan service music responsive to their wishes.
9. Effective teacher. An active learner who encourages new ideas, experiments with novel approaches, and seizes new opportunities. Ability to educate and motivate others to improve their musical skills, and for non-musicians, to understand the important spiritual role of music in the church. Directs the choir with enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience, structure, and discipline. The music director uses rehearsal time to educate choir members spiritually as well as musically. The Rector and Music Director develop a mutual learning relationship, where the Rector engages in musical study and the Music Director engages in theological and liturgical study. The Music Director can assess and teach musical skills to diverse learners, and has a background and experience using a variety of teaching methods.
10. Musical expertise. A track record of selecting, producing, and performing music in a church setting. Personal musical skills include: advanced level of piano and organ individual performance and accompaniment for both choirs and soloists during worship services and special services. Other musical skills include an understanding of compositional, instrumental, and performance techniques, and music theory. Has a working knowledge of vocal fundamentals and choral techniques, an ear for pitch and rhythm, and a knowledge of English diction as it applies to choral singing. Capable of planning, organizing, and delivering special musical event. Provides a diversity of music, blending contemporary, reflective, and traditional musical styles.
1. Demonstrated compliance with the American Guild of Organists Code of Ethics (2017) with respect to responsible conduct to those served, respect for professional colleagues and integrity in professional work.
Does this job pay? Yes. Salary negotiable based on experience. Health, dental, retirement, and continuing education benefits plus parish facilities for practice, teaching and performance.
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