Working in collaboration with the Rector, the Organist/Music Minister will sustain and expand the ministry of music throughout the life of the church while ensuring that our Anglican heritage is reflected in all worship. This includes using the congregation’s musical gifts as a means of and aid to worship, leading the congregation to minister to each other through music, encouraging the fellowship of individuals and groups who share an appreciation of music, and fostering musical talents and expression among all age groups within the congregation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
Plan, organize, and lead the ministry of music.
Select appropriate organ and choral music for all worship in consultation with the Rector;
Provide organ preludes and postludes for all worship services as well as other musical accompaniments as appropriate;
Build repertoire and encourage participation of parish community in singing at all liturgies;
Direct choirs in rehearsal and worship for both regular Sunday morning service as well as special worship services related to feast days (Christmas and Easter), periodic evensong services, and other occasions (such as Holy Week services);
Raise the musical profile of the parish by expanding the choral repertoire to include varying time periods and genres, as well as by hosting musicians and ensembles to offer special liturgies and/or recitals; and
Serve as organist for weddings, funerals, and memorial services as requested, Additional compensation will be paid according to the church fee schedule for such services (or assist with finding substitute direction and musicians when not personally available).
Administer the music ministry program effectively.
Manage the music library and work within the worship budget to expand existing collections;
Maintain a high level of musicianship with regards to conducting, organ accompaniment, and organ performance; and
Abide by all church policies including but not limited to those related to confidentiality, personnel policies, facilities usage policies, finance policies, and Diocesan required policies for the protection of children and other employees.
Description of St. Luke’s Organ
St. Luke’s organ, built by the H.A. Howell company and maintained by R. Karstens Organ Works, comprises 85 ranks on four manuals, with six manual divisions (unenclosed great, enclosed great, choir, swell,
solo, echo) and pedal. It is sensitively voiced for the space and is ideally suited for English romantic and 20th-century repertoire, as well as Anglican service playing.