Director of Music and Worship Arts (PT)

Asbury Park, NJ
Type: Lay
Posted Sep 14, 2021
Job Title
Director of Music and Worship Arts
Name of church or organization
Trinity Church
Asbury Park, NJ
Job Description
Trinity Church is an Episcopal parish with a progressive theological and social outlook that values the power of liturgy and music to shape our community’s spirituality. The Director of Music and Worship Arts (“Music Director”) plays an essential role in the spiritual health and vitality of this evolving community of faith. Accordingly, we seek a creative musician to serve as organist and choir director, as well as to incorporate other instruments and artistic elements into worship according to the Director’s skills/interests.

The Music Director will encourage us to explore more deeply Trinity’s tradition of Western classical choral music, while also inviting us to explore voices less represented in our congregation/denomination, including the diverse musical traditions of the American Black Church, Spanish-language music from the various countries represented in our bilingual congregation, global music from Anglicanism and other denominations, and composers with Feminist and/or Queer perspectives. Trinity Church is also interested in learning more about how we can invite those with auditory disabilities to participate in our worship and music.

This position reports to the Priest-in-Charge/Rector, who collaborates with the Director on musical selections and who is the final decision-maker on all aspects of worship.

Qualifications & Experience:

Minimum experience: Must have professional experience as Organist/Choir Director, with a preferred minimum of five years.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree. Graduate degree in music performance or conducting preferred.

The Music Director must have a familiarity and comfort with the classical Anglican sacred choral tradition, as well as an openness to the diversity of musical traditions represented in the Episcopal Church, global Anglican Communion, and at Trinity Church.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with the Priest-in-Charge/Rector (and Worship and Choir committees where applicable) to plan music for worship services including Sundays and other major feasts and seasonable observations including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

Play and lead all music (primarily on organ, with the possibility for piano and other instruments) and direct the Choir for Sunday 10 AM worship services, plus special seasonal services as required, and arrange for replacement within established guidelines for time off.

Help lead and design occasional Evensong services and seasonal celebrations as agreed to with the Priest-in-Charge/Rector.

Establish parish-based Children/Youth Choir(s) with the initial goal of monthly participation in Sunday worship services, building up to weekly over time and as the position expands.

Encourage growth of the choirs and invite other artists in the parish to share their gifts in worship. Build community within the choirs, creating an environment that is fun, meaningful, and spiritually uplifting. Encourage choir members to understand the sacred musical experience as prayer, meditation, and spiritual formation more than performance.

Plan repertoire appropriate for all skill levels represented in the choirs. Develop vocal musicianship of choir members. The choir enjoys a challenging repertoire and seeks a Director with high expectations. The Director should call forth the gifts of both the trained and untrained singers in the choir.

Identify, audition, hire and manage section leaders within the budget guidelines for such positions.

Ensure that all appropriate copyright and licensing is obtained for music used and printed in the church, with support through parish office. Maintain and organize Church music library including purchasing materials within budget constraints.

Oversee the care and upkeep of instruments.

If in-person singing/music is restricted (this has been the case during the COVID-19 health crisis), the Music Director will be responsible for working with the choir to conduct online/remote rehearsals and to record music for use in worship.

Other related duties as required.

Position requires the successful completion of a background check and Safe Church Training. Trinity employees are expected to respect diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all people.

Annual Work Hours: No more than 990, with an average weekly expectation of 19 hours.

Compensation Package: $25,000-30,000 range cash stipend, depending on experience/education. No benefits, but eligible for cost-of-living adjustments. Subject to final vestry approval.

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