Job Type: Seasonal position (October – May) averaging 25 hours/week with the option of working additional months of the year at a lesser time commitment.
Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church, Sanibel, Florida is recruiting a Minister of Music and Organist and/or Pianist/Keyboard Musician for a vibrant and loving parish (340 average weekend attendance during season). We seek a person of faith who can provide vision and compassionate leadership for our future music ministry.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants should have the experience and skills needed to prepare and perform the music needed for two – three services per weekend (1 choral) plus holy days and special services during the October—May high season. Duties center on working with the Rector and staff to plan and provide the music for all services including the training, leaderships and direction of the parish choir (15-20 adult singers) and the recruitment and rehearsal of contractual musicians as needed. The incumbent is also responsible for planning the music and recruiting interim organists/ keyboard players and soloists for the less demanding June – September service schedule. (S/he may also choose to personally undertake the musician role during all or a part of that period.)
The Music Director in addition oversees all functions pertaining to music in the church, including maintenance of the two-manual electric sanctuary organ and the two grand pianos (in the music rehearsal room and in the church hall); the maintenance of the church music score library; and the organization of occasional concerts featuring outside performers.
Excellent communication, organizational and collaborative skills are essential. Also required: keyboard proficiency (organ and/or piano/electric keyboard), hymn playing, choral conducting and accompanying, liturgical improvisation and a broad knowledge of choral and solo church keyboard repertory. Experience with Anglican and Episcopal liturgy and its music is preferred. Familiarity with the technology used to amplify, record, and live-stream services is desirable.
While our congregation values traditional worship styles, the ideal candidate for this position will also be comfortable introducing repertory from varied times and traditions. Our priority is to promote the community-building, spiritual and pastoral value of the music program. We seek a candidate who would work to broaden participation within and beyond the congregation, including possibly starting a community music development program for children and youth.
Position open until filled: Priority will given to applications received by November 15, 2022.
• The Music Minister oversees all functions pertaining to music in the church.
• B.A. or M.A. in music or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Biblical and ecclesiastical knowledge necessary for a church music director. A good understanding of the liturgy with a strong background in the Anglican and Episcopal tradition is preferred.
• Proficiency playing the organ and/or piano/keyboard for services, including congregational hymns, preludes and postludes, appropriate improvisation and interludes.
• Demonstrated proficiency in choir direction and leadership including working with participants at all skill levels. Ability to assess and teach proper vocal and choral singing techniques pertaining to tone, blend, rhythm, intonation, breathing, diction, and style.
• Knowledge of liturgical music repertoire. Wide knowledge of choral and instrumental literature, and an interest in balancing familiar repertoire with new and less familiar works and styles.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Proven ability to work constructively and collegially with individuals and groups and as part of a Church leadership team.
• Strong track record of successful leadership, outreach and community-building within and beyond the church.
• A commitment to support diversity and inclusion within the music program.
• Ability / willingness to work with diverse age cohorts including seniors, children and youth. We seek a candidate who would be interested in further developing the music
program, including possibly starting an outreach music development program for children and youth.
Position open until filled: Priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2022.
Send CV, application letter, links to recorded services or performances if available, and names/contact information for three recent references to: Bill Van Oss, Rector.