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Positions Available in our area

Assistant Organist/Choirmaster

Christ Church Christiana Hundred

 

Christ Church is seeking a proficient musician, passionate about the Anglican choral and musical tradition, who is willing to engage in music making in liturgy and in concert. This is a part time position suitable for a musician who is also otherwise employed or does not need full time employment, OR suitable for a graduate / post graduate student as more of an Organ Scholar.

What is essential is an advanced musical sensibility matched with a solid advanced technique such that difficult accompaniments will be manageable. There is some, but minimal, administrative work as well; however, the majority of the hours allotted are for practice, choir rehearsal, and performance. Significant schedule flexibility is a part of this position and affords the holder great freedom to pursue concertizing recital work. 

Christ Church Christiana Hundred is a parish which places a very high value on music and liturgy. For over 108 years, the fully professional, 18 voice Christ Church Choir has been the backbone of the parish music ministry. The newly reinvigorated Parish Choir is a semi professional, all-auditioned ensemble based upon a core of Christ Church Choir members (7) that sings periodically throughout the year and would be under the direction of the Assistant Organist/Choirmaster. Choral Evensong is a very popular service at Christ Church and it is now offered (generally) on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, October thru early June. The Christ Church Choir sings regularly in concert (frequently with period instrument ensemble Tempesta di Mare) and has undertaken choral residencies at Bristol Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s (London). 2025 will see the Choir in residence for a week at York Minster and singing performances of Messiah in December with Tempesta di Mare in both Philadelphia and Wilmington.

The organs at Christ Church may be seen on our website. John Brombaugh’s landmark Opus 32 from 1992 of three manuals/pedal and 70+ ranks is in the church, and Fisk Opus 164 from 2022 of two manuals/pedal and 12 ranks is in the Chapel of the Christ Child. Fisk Opus 164 is only the second 16th Century Italian style instrument in the company’s opus list and it was featured on the cover of TAO in April of 2023 (readable on our website as well).

For further information please go to https://bit.ly/ccch-assistant-organist-choirmaster for a complete position description including remuneration and benefits. Interested persons should submit a letter of inquiry, resume, and references to Bruce J. Barber II, Director of Music at bbarber@christchurchde.org. Additional information about the music program may also be found at www.christchurchde.org/music.

5.7.24

Music Director/Organist/Pianist

Christ’s Community Church (PCUSA)

337 Riverview Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Job Description

The Music Director/Organist/Pianist  position at Christ’s Community Church (CCC) is a part-time position. The position requires weekly playing in the 9:30 a.m. worship, including piano and organ accompaniment for hymns, praise songs, and choral/special music throughout the year. This collaborative role requires approximately 6-8 hours of in-person contact/playing hours, and about the same allotted in personal practice time, either on or offsite, for a total of 12-15 hours/week, with extra hours for special services/holidays that include Holy Week services, Christmas Eve, etc. This position reports directly to the Pastor.  

About Christ’s Community Church CCC

CCC is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) located in the Drexel Hill, PA. We are a congregation seeking to intentionally live into our mission, “To Know Christ and make Him Known.”  Our Sunday worship is informal in style incorporating traditional and contemporary elements. The Worship Leader (volunteer) and Praise Team leads congregational singing. Our church is in a season of change as we seek a new pastor.  We are excited about the possibilities this brings as we move forward.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Revitalize and expand the Praise Team and Choir vocally and instrumentally. Lead hymns/praise songs from the piano/organ. Cultivate an appreciation for Christian music
    with our youth.

  • Planning & preparing preludes/postludes for weekly Sunday morning worship

  • Accompanying Praise Team/choir rehearsals and Sunday choir anthems

  • Working with occasional soloists for special music offerings

  • Funeral and wedding services (first right of refusal)

  • Weekly meeting with Worship Team at mutually convenient time. At present, the Worship Team currently meets on Zoom 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays

  • Required Skills/Education:

  • 2+ years relevant experience in a church setting (Bachelor’s Degree or higher in an area of music or equivalent skills)

  • Excellent piano skills and ability to play the organ required, formal classical organ training highly desired

  • Ability to read and play from chord charts

  • Improvisational skills on organ/piano and ability to play/develop introductions and reharmonizations to hymns highly desired

  • Willingness, flexibility, and ability to play various styles of music, from classic hymnody to spirituals to modern praise songs is essential

Desired Qualities:

  • A collegial attitude/team player

  • A strong desire/call to serve in a church setting

  • Growth-minded, and able to foster that growth (not just in ensemble numbers,
    but spiritually as well)

  • A basic understanding of Reformed/Presbyterian worship

 

Instruments: Worship Center Organ built by Tellers 100 years ago, rebuilt by Tellers in 1960 has three manuals.

Compensation: Salary range is $14,500-$17,500/yr., commensurate with skills and experience. Wedding and Funeral fees are paid directly to the Organist/Accompanist and are in addition to the position’s stated salary. This position offers 4 Sundays off per year. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and a 3-5 minute video that highlights both the organ and keyboard skills of the Applicant to Loretta Hartnett, lph1612@verizon.net, 484-444 2052 and Deborah Engell, dengell732@gmail.com,   610-299-1713.

1.26.24

Organist and Director of Music

Christ Episcopal Church
62 Delaware St., Woodbury, NJ 08096
https://christchurch.woodburynj.org 856.845.0190

 

Christ Episcopal Church is a welcoming, diverse and robust congregation in the metropolitan Philadelphia region. Our sacred liturgy and music seek to express and balance God's transcendence and intimate presence. The parish provides many opportunities to engage in mission-minded outreach for families and individuals in our local communities and beyond.

 

The choir includes four paid section leaders and eight volunteers. They sing one service every Sunday morning and some holy days and currently rehearse on Sunday morning. The Organist and Director of music position is part-time at 15 hours per week. Salary range is $28,000- $32,000, commensurate with experience and includes 4 weeks paid vacation.

 

The Director will oversee an extensive music library and the parish organ: a two manual M.P. Möller Double Artiste with 12 ranks, unified at different pitches, with additional chimes. 

 

Applicants should have a minimum of a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in experience. The candidate should demonstrate excellent choral conducting ability, excellent planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills. And have the ability to prepare a choir effectively in rehearsals to bring out its best. They will work well with choir members of all ages and skill levels to provide them and the larger parish with an edifying experience- both musically and spiritually.

 

For a full job description, visit https://christchurch.woodburynj.org/parish-musician-search/

 

Interested applicants may send a cover letter, resume, three references and links to videos or recordings of their organ performance, hymn accompaniment, and choral conducting, as available.

1.15.24

The Presbyterian Church of Dover, Delaware PC(USA)

Music Director/Organist

 

Part time position, approximately 20 hours/week with a competitive salary. The Presbyterian Church of Dover, a Matthew 25 church, seeks an experienced music director/organist who will plan, play, and direct the offering of music for the Sunday worship service and other additional services as required. This person will also conduct one choir in rehearsal on Thursday evenings.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Select, on a monthly basis, all liturgically appropriate choral and organ music for weekly services and other services as required in conjunction with the Pastor and Worship Committee on a monthly basis, as well as attend the monthly Worship Committee meeting

  • Direct, accompany, and rehearse one choir on Thursday evenings and in warm-ups prior to all services

  • Arrange for purchase of all choral/vocal music and music supplies in accordance with church budget, and maintain the 1200+ titles in the choral music library

  • Communicate with Office Manager all necessary music and copyright information for worship bulletins in a timely manner

  • Ensure that the church is meeting all requirements of copyright law for printed music and for livestreaming services; perform all copyright reporting in a timely manner

  • Prepare and submit the music department budget annually

  • Supervise and arrange for maintenance of the organ and pianos in conjunction with the Worship Committee

  • Arrange for a substitute music director and organist when not able to be present

  • Organize the recruitment of soloists and instrumentalists as opportunities arise

  • Supervise the Handbell Choir Director

 

Resources

  • 3 manual Allen Protégé Organ

  • Kawai grand piano in sanctuary

  • Kawai studio upright piano in choir room

  • Worship space with excellent acoustics for vocal music

 

Qualifications/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in organ/music/voice/related field or AGO certification

  • Play the organ and piano at a level of competence which allows the musician to quickly learn new music; is skilled at sightreading and conducts with competence, including conducting from the console

  • Proficiency in accompanying choirs and soloists in a variety of musical styles ranging from traditional sacred music to more contemporary genres

  • Strong knowledge of sacred music and hymnody

  • Interact cooperatively with Pastor, choir members, musicians, and the Worship Committee in order to deliver excellent music to enhance worship, and interact with congregation to build rapport and relationships

  • Competency in computer skills, including use of Microsoft Word and Excel, and ability to communicate using email

 

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience; paid bi-monthly

  • Weddings and funerals are compensated by the families and/or funeral home

 

Application

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and include three references from persons with whom they have worked within a church setting. Contact information must be included. Please send information to Rev. Dr. Mark Parsons at revdrparsons@gmail.com with the subject line “Music Director/Organist Applicant.”
Applications will be taken until the position is filled.

11.14.23

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