St Gabriel’s Episcopal Church is looking for a versatile, committed, and enthusiastic musician to serve as Director of Music and Organist; if necessary, the job may be split between two people. St Gabriel’s is a parish of 300 families located in a beautiful seaside community in southeastern Massachusetts that takes immense pride and joy in its music program. St. Gabriel’s offers two Sunday services that feature music as a central component of worship. Our adult choir of approximately 20 singers leads the music for the 10 am Sunday service from September through early June as well as other various services. We value our beautiful Episcopal liturgical traditions, but also enjoy singing music from a variety of other traditions.
The Director of Music will be responsible for coordinating and managing the music program of St. Gabriel’s. We seek someone who brings energy, passion, skill, and creativity in helping our community continue the music ministry for the benefit of our worshiping community, as well as the building up of the larger community. The ideal candidate will value personal relationships, encouragement, and humor; possess musical skills as an organist and choral director; possess a knowledge of choral music across style periods, and be open to exploring a diverse repertoire; will be able to encourage and empower talented musicians within the parish to offer their gifts; have demonstrated ability to creatively and collaboratively work with staff and volunteers; have an understanding and appreciation for a variety of liturgical styles; and the capability to manage a program budget and other administrative responsibilities required for the production of worship materials and communications.
Job Description and Essential Requirements
Start Date: Aug 2019
Position Reports to: Rector
Schedule: Part time – 15 hours per week, scheduled as needed throughout the year to support the music program. St. Gabriel’s will provide the Director of Music with 1 week of paid time off for continuing education in the profession, and a stipend for associated expenses.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: In partnership with the Rector and the Worship Committee, plan the music program; plan hymns for services, ensuring diversity; plan choral anthems for services, ensuring diversity and various genres to meet the needs and skills of all involved; attend monthly Worship Committee meetings, and meet with the Rector at least once per week; serve as organist for regular and special liturgies (8:00 am service and 10:00 am service with choir); serve as Choir Director; conduct at least one 90-minute choir rehearsal per week (September to early June); be present on Sundays from 7:45 a.m. until noon to play for the 8:00 service, rehearse, direct the music for the 10:00am Eucharist, and interact with members of the congregation during the fellowship hour.
Compensation: negotiated on an annual basis as determined by the needs and resources of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church. The Association of Anglican Musicians shall serve as a compensation benchmark.
Parish instruments include 2 organs – a two-manual Wicks pipe organ with 3 ranks, and a three-manual Allen Renaissance Electric Organ with MIDI; 2 pianos – a Chickering baby grand piano and a Yamaha grand, plus a Yamaha electric keyboard. The church also has a 3-octave set of Malmark handbells and various percussion instruments.
Education: A college degree in music is preferred. Must complete the Episcopal Church’s “Safeguarding God’s Children” course.
Strong proficiency in organ and piano performance, specifically in service playing.
Accomplished choral conducting skill for ensembles and large groups.
Ability to motivate, challenge, and inspire singers of various ages and experience.
Knowledge of current liturgy and worship practices.
Ability to plan and lead a music program.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Good teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Experience: a minimum of three years in a similar position, with a focus on leading a church music ministry.
The job description for the Director of Music is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the position listed above. Other reasonable duties may be required from time to time. There may also be a possibility to increase the job responsibilities to include a handbell choir and/or a children’s music program for additional remuneration.