Positions Available in our area

Artistic Director of Regional Handbell Ensemble

Capital Ringers, Inc., Lewes, Delaware

Artistic Director (part time contractual position: 20 hours per month)

Contracting fee starting at $800/month (potentially higher based on qualifications)

Letters of interest requested by May 31, 2022

Background Information:

Capital Ringers, Inc. (CRI), is a non-profit community organization based in Lewes, Delaware. CRI manages the advanced community handbell group, Capital Ringers Ensemble (CRE) and owns the largest set of handbells and handchimes on the Delmarva Peninsula.

CRE performs multiple concerts per season (Spring and Winter) under the direction of the Artistic Director and concerts feature challenging handbell music in a variety of genres.

The Artistic Director directs CRE and is responsible for all preparation and planning necessary for successful rehearsals and performances. The Artistic Director is also a member of the CRI Board of Directors.

This position begins January 1, 2023; however, the successful candidate may begin as Artistic Director Designate in August of 2022, working with the current Artistic Director for leadership development and transition.

Applicants should have at least three years’ experience in conducting a musical ensemble.

 

Go to our website for complete details on this position. https://www.capitalringers.org/artistic-director-search

Mail letters of interest and resumes to recruiting@capitalringers.org

4.22.22

 

Organist and/or Music Director

Richardson Park United Methodist Church

Richardson Park United Methodist Church, 11 N. Maryland Ave., Wilmington, DE 19804.   

We currently have and would prefer one person capable of fulfilling both positions, but we're also open to hiring people for each position.  

The organ at Richardson Park UM Church represents the leading technology in organ building today.  The console is a Rodgers Infinity 361, a three-manual and pedal console with 61 draw-knobs that allow the organist access to a vast number of outstanding samples of fine pipe ranks derived from pipe organs from around the world.  Additionally, 20 ranks of wind-blown pipes from the Cummings-Frye Organ of 1957 are interfaced with the digital voices, speaking from the rear gallery and new Solo/Echo chamber in the church.   The 361MV has 3 manuals and 61 main stops, plus 135 Voice Palette stops for a total of 196 available stops, equivalent to 300 pipe ranks. Library Access™ provides an additional 180 available stops and voices equivalent to 235 pipe ranks.
Check out this link for more information about our music program and wonderful new organ!      https://rpumchurch.org/html/music.html

3.29.22

Director of Music Ministry
Presbyterian Church of Chestertown

 

Part Time, 12 to 15 hours weekly, with an occasional 20 hours, beginning mid-June,

Purpose: Coordinate planning and implementation of a comprehensive music ministry. 
 

Qualifications: Strong instrumental skills required, Ability to play and conduct simultaneously, Skills in instrumental and choral conducting simultaneously, Knowledge of church and sacred music. See the Church’s Website for complete job description.

Compensation: Salary range $20,000. to $22,000, paid vacation, and holidays.

3-manual Allen organ; Chickering baby grand and 3-octave set Schulmerich bells 

Email resume or application to: jobs@presbyterianchestertown.org

Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620 https://presbyterianchestertown.org

3.28.22

Director of Music/Organist (Part-time)

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Wilmington, DE 

 

Summary: The Director of Music, in collaboration with the Pastor, is responsible for planning and providing sacred music, directing the cantors/choir, and promoting the full, active, and conscious participation of the faithful in accordance with the Church documents on sacred music. This is a part-time position.

Responsibilities include

  • Provide organ music at three weekend liturgies (Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 9 am and 11 am), as well as Holy Days and major feasts of the Church (Sacred Triduum, Christmas, etc.)

  • Direct Parish choir for 11 am Sunday Liturgy (Sept-May) as well as major feasts of the Church

  • Plan and prepare music for all Liturgies including hymns, Mass settings, choir anthems and communicate music selection to cantors and choir members well in advance

  • Lead weekly choir rehearsal (Sept-May) of established Parish choir and recruit new volunteers for choir as needed

  • Recruit and contract musicians for special liturgical celebrations

  • Prepare Cantor schedule and if necessary recruit and train new cantors

  • Coordinate and provide organ music for weddings (20-30 per year) and funerals (40-60 per year), and ensure coverage if necessary

  • Create programs/worship aids for special liturgies

  • Perform administrative duties such as preparing music ministry budget, ordering choir music, renewing copyright and live stream licenses

  • Scheduling care and maintenance of Parish instruments, including recently rebuilt pipe organ and baby grand piano

  • Attend staff and liturgical meetings as appropriate

 

Qualifications/Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in music or related field strongly preferred

  • Practicing Catholic preferred

  • Proficient in organ, piano, choral conducting and vocal coaching

  • Prior experience as liturgical musician, preferably in a Catholic parish

  • Knowledge of the treasury of sacred music in the Catholic Church as well as Catholic liturgical rites and Church documents on the liturgy and sacred music

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and collaborative skill; ability to supervise volunteer members of the music ministry and paid musicians 

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Weddings and Funerals are compensated by families/funeral homes

Email a cover letter and your CV to bjwasilewski@aol.com or ncarroll@steparish.org To learn more about St. Elizabeth Parish, visit us at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church - Wilmington, DE (steparish.org)

2.24.22

Music Director/Organist

The Presbyterian Church of Dover DE

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 two choirs 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 Planning Committee on a monthly basis as well as attend the monthly Worship Committee meeting

  • Direct, accompany and rehearse two choirs 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

  • 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

  • Competency in computer skills including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and the 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 this information to Vicky Cairns at vcairns50@gmail.com with the subject line “Music Director/Organist Applicant”. Applications will be taken until the position is filled.

2.3.22

Minister of Music

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

1314 Foulk Road Wilmington, DE 19803  302-478-3135

 

Minister of Music St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is currently seeking a Minister of Music who will be responsible for developing, supervising, and implementing the music ministries of the church, including playing the musical portions of our worship services and conducting choirs.

We currently offer a single service (9:30 am), which combines in-person worship and live-streaming.

Music Ministry Goals

1) to bring the community of faith into the worship of God through music,

2) to enhance the spiritual and artistic lives of the parishioners through music, and

3) to bring a Christian witness into the surrounding community at-large through the vehicle of music.

Minister of Music Responsibilities

• Envision and lead the music ministry of the church

• Attend scheduled staff meetings

• Play the musical portions of the worship service, accompany, and conduct choir(s)

• Select music, learning, reviewing, and practicing them for effectiveness

• Lead choral, bell choir, and orchestra rehearsals, rehearsing with other musicians or soloists,       and prepare for all such rehearsals

• Recruit new members to the choirs and ensembles and provide training

• Support and encourage congregational singing

• Ensure that pastoral care is provided for the music ministry as needed

• Develop a yearly music budget

• Direct purchase of new music or supplies within designated budget

• Arrange/schedule occasional volunteer instrumentalists and paid ensembles when needed

• Arrange for substitute organists during any absences

• Schedule any maintenance required for the organ and pianos using trained professionals

• Maintain vestments, bells, and music library

• Pursue professional development to expand personal growth and skills

• Consult with families for weddings and funerals

• Work with other church committees and/or programs in need of musical assistance

• Be visible to the congregation

• Schedule an adult volunteer whenever rehearsing with children and/or youth

• Honor copyright licensing agreements with compliance

• Communicate with the Staff-Parish-Relations Committee and your SPRC liaison

 

Candidates should be proficient on both the organ and piano. Ideally, candidates will have experience directing a handbell choir. S/he should be creative in expressing music in a variety of genres. Familiarity with current technology is preferred but not required. St. Paul’s is located on the north side of Wilmington, not far from the Pennsylvania border. We are primarily traditional in our worship style, but are familiar with and open to more contemporary styles of worship.

We have an average of 120-140 worshippers on Sunday morning. St. Paul’s uses a custom Allen Organ with 93 Stops, a Baldwin Baby Grand Piano, and a Yamaha Clavinova. We have five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and Malmark choirchimes. Our position is half-time (19-24 hours per week), including Sunday morning worship (9:30 am), rehearsals, administrative duties, and worship planning), with a compensation of $48,000 which includes paid vacation.

 

Applicants will successfully pass a background check in compliance with the UMC Safe Sanctuary policy. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: stpaulsumcdecomcast.net, Attention: Pastor Dave McMillan, or mail to 1314 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. stpaulsumcde@comcast.net www.stpaulsumcde.org

1.26.22

Organist/Choirmaster

Christ Episcopal Church, Dover, Delaware

As Christ does, we will. We express this Vision through our Core Values of Welcome, Support, Growth, and Compassion. We are looking for an Organist/Choirmaster to strengthen through worship our commitment to that Vision and those Values. We are a somewhat diverse community, across age, race, socioeconomic status, and spiritual background.

We are drawn together though Broad Church liturgy, employing The Hymnal 1982;

Lift Every Voice and Sing; Wonder, Love, and Praise; and other resources.

A volunteer choir helps lead our 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist each Sunday, and we rejoice as well to worship on occasion with our contemporary musical group, Glorify. Worship is the core gathering of our faith family. As part of a recently completed Church Renovation Project, we replaced the console of our Moeller Pipe Organ. In addition, we modified our Chancel and Sanctuary to create more flexible space, highlighting our music ministry and expanding worship options. Beginning in early 2022, we will completely re-leather our organ; this project will finish a decades-long effort to restore our primary instrument. During the first part of this year, we will worship with our Yamaha digital piano.

 

The Organist/Choirmaster is a part-time salaried position, with an expected average of fifteen hours per week. Ideal candidates would have experience with and openness to Broad Church liturgy; training as an organist with Bachelor of Music degree and/or American Guild of Organists certification, or equivalent background; experience with conducting choirs of all ages and levels; and skill at conducting from the bench.

 

This person would work independently, and collaboratively with the Rector, other Clergy and Staff, Choirs and other musicians. He or she would have first right of refusal for weddings and funerals. Christ Church covers AGO membership and basic continuing education. Christ Church’s Organist/Choirmaster Search Committee will begin interviewing candidates in February 2022. Interested parties should send a resume by January 31, 2022, to The Rev. Charles S. Weiss, Rector, at cweiss@christchurchdover.org.

1.26.22