Organist and Choirmaster

Atlanta, GA
Type: Lay
Posted May 29, 2019
Job Title
Organist and Choirmaster
Name of church or organization
The Church of Our Saviour
Job Location
Atlanta, GA
Job Description
The Church of Our Saviour, an Episcopal congregation in Atlanta, Georgia, is seeking a part‐time organist/choirmaster to further develop a rich and established liturgical music program. The organist/choirmaster serves at the pleasure of the rector and is the central figure ensuring the quality, substance, and appropriateness of the music that serves an integral part in the rector’s and the parish’s vision of ministry. This vision includes maintaining strong Anglo-Catholic and classical service music traditions while recognizing opportunities to develop new music programs for the parish and Virginia Highland community. The candidate for this position should demonstrate an ability to have a good working relationship with the rector and choir; have proven experience in choral directing and organ performance; and, preferably, experience in the Anglo-Catholic music tradition.

The Church of Our Saviour currently rents a two-manual Allen digital organ while the Organ Committee discerns the next instrument for the parish. The organist is an ex officio member of the organ committee and will provide input and expertise at the request of the Committee Chair.

Professional Qualifications:
• Education – Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
• Experience with choral directing and development of choral sound and musicianship
• Experience in organ performance
• Experience working in the Anglo-Catholic musical tradition is preferred
• Experience working with youth/children’s choirs is a plus

Required Skills:
• Spiritual leader to choir members (all ages), creating an environment where musical
training & preparation become a part of maintaining & further building a solid
foundation of faith for participants
• Excellent communication skills and ability to work and interact well with children, youth,
staff, parents, volunteers, parishioners
• Self‐starter with a strong commitment to excellence
• Team‐player with a “can do” yet flexible attitude
• Excellent organizational and administrative skills; strong attention to detail
• Strong improvisational skills

• Provide organ, choral, or other music at all principal services of the church, including but
not limited to:
o Sunday Choral Eucharist Services
o Services of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Epiphany
o Ash Wednesday & Palm Sunday
o Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; Easter Vigil; Easter Day
o Other Feast Days including The Annunciation of the BVM; Ascension Day; Corpus Christi; St. Mary the Virgin; All Saints Day and All Souls Day
o Occasional Services of Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
o Advent Lessons & Carols
o Weddings, Funerals, Confirmations (additional compensation provided)
o Any other major events such as Ordinations or Celebrations

• Develop the strength of the St. Gregory semi-professional Choir, its musical ability and its sense of community and
mission, including but not limited to:
o Holding one regular rehearsal of the St. Gregory Choir weekly with other rehearsals as deemed necessary
o Continuing to develop the Anglican “pure tone” choral sound, training in musicality & good choral technique
o Further development of the choir’s a cappella capability
o Encouraging fellowship opportunities
o Further developing a vision for the choir’s ministry
o Nurturing lay leaders
o Making expectations explicit for choir members and leaders
o Effectively managing/utilizing staff singers to enhance the mission of the music ministry

• Organizing a children’s choir utilizing staff singers, lay volunteers, and others. The Church of Our Saviour believes that the early introduction of children to musical training is an important part of their development in the Christian faith and integral to the music ministry of our parish. This includes:
o Developing a vision for a children’s music ministry
o Recruiting lay leaders/staff singers to work in children’s music ministry
o Marketing the program(s) and recruiting participants
o Organizing and effecting rehearsals and performances

• Identify, encourage and utilize volunteer musical talent within the parish, taking a
leadership role in long‐range music program development.

• Select organ, choral, hymns and service music for all services in consultation with the rector. Details are provided to the church office for preparation of service bulletins according to the existing schedule for submission. Review drafts of service bulletins for accuracy.

• Hire professional musicians, as appropriate and within the parameters of the parish
music budget, for liturgical festivals and special services, including securing, recruiting
and managing staff singers.

• Secure substitute musicians during the absence of the Organist/Choirmaster.

• Coordinate the overall music schedule within the liturgical year in consultation with the
• Prepare an annual budget for submission to the Vestry to reflect the total music
program. Identify all items of expenditure including printed music and supplies, musical
instrument maintenance, vestments, training, substitute organist, staff singer & guest
musician expenses.

• Arrange for maintenance and tuning the organ so that it is in a state of readiness for all regular services, rehearsals, special services, and other performances.

• Arrange for the maintenance and tuning of the rehearsal piano as deemed necessary.

• With the help of choir volunteers and limited secretarial support, the organist/choirmaster is expected to:
o Manages and oversee the music library
o Chooses and purchases music within approved budgetary parameters
o Communicates information within the choir
o Communicate information about the music ministry within the parish
o Coordinate with other church groups as necessary
o Purchase and maintains choir vestments
o Maintain a neat and attractive choir practice room and choir loft

• The organist/choirmaster is a regular member of the staff and is expected to:
o Attend weekly staff meetings and meet with the rector as necessary
o Participate in liturgical planning meetings and other meetings as directed
o Be a team player on a small staff
o Fulfill all necessary Diocesan required training (as identified)
o Write articles for The Parish Life and Annual Report as requested
o Prepare publicity releases and advertising for concerts, recitals, and performances as

• Responsible for personal music preparation including
o Organ practice
o Study of scores, books, and periodicals
o Continuing education programs designed for Episcopal Church musicians when
budgets allow


• Negotiable

For more information, please contact:

Father Christopher Miller
The Church of Our Saviour
985 Los Angeles Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Church Telephone: 404-872-4169

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to

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  • Part time
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