Music Minister and Organist Part time

@ Christ Episcopal Church
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey View on Map
  • Denomination: Episcopal
  • Job Category: Music & Worship Ministries
  • Date Posted: 28 September 2020
  • Application closes: 28 December 2020
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    Job Description

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Services and Choirs

    • Responsible for planning, preparing, conducting and performing music for Sunday services: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (or 10:00 during Summer Season).
    • Responsible for planning, preparing, conducting and performing music for all regularly scheduled Holy Days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday).
    • Direct and supervise the organization and development of church choirs who will sing in scheduled services.
    • Prepare and lead choir rehearsals on a regular basis (Summer choir rehearses on Sunday mornings).
    • Train and inspire choristers for the Parish Choir, Canticum Novum, Summer Choir (pick-up ensemble) and Joint Children’s Choir (rehearsals shared with the music director from the other congregation).
    • Provide dynamic leadership in choir member recruitment.
    • Guide and encourage the congregation when unfamiliar hymns or responses are introduced.
    • Oversee the ordering of new music scores as needed.
    • Adhere to copyright laws.
    • Work with volunteers to care for and order new choir robes and surplices as needed.
    • Maintain or oversee the maintenance of musical instruments on an as-needed basis (including tuning and repair of both organs and pianos).
    • Work with volunteer music librarian to oversee the maintenance of the parish music library of more than 1,000 titles.
    • Participate in planning and execution of regularly scheduled joint and interfaith services (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving).

    Administration

    • Maintain a responsible budget for the total music ministry.
    • Keep accurate and detailed records of all phases of the parish music program.
    • Observe church financial guidelines for acquisitions of goods and services.
    • Participate in scheduled weekly staff meetings.
    • Chair the Music Committee with the help of the Vestry Music Liaison.
    • Serve as a resource person for parish ministries and with the Vestry as time allows
    • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Rector and as time allows.
    • With the help of the Music Committee, develop fund-raising strategies to help offset costs of special musical events and festival services.
    • Encourage parish involvement in Diocesan worship and music events.
    • Maintain cooperative collegial relationships with area church musicians and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.

    Professional Development

    • Maintain skills through regular practice, performance, score study, and private study.
    • Continuing education as time allows.
    • Membership in professional organizations, such as the American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association.

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHER SOURCES OF INCOME

    • Coordinate, perform and lead music for funerals and weddings
    • Perform special concerts (4th of July, etc.)

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    Required:

    • Outstanding proficiency in organ and piano playing (we are proud to have Richards, Fowkes & Co., two-manual, 24 stop organ).
    • Outstanding proficiency in choral direction.
    • Ability and experience in coordinating and leading musical programs.
    • Experience and competence in working with a variety of age groups and types of music.
    • Experience in accompanying musical performances.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent organization and record-keeping skills.
    • Possess basic computer skills.

    Preferred:

    • Bachelor’s degree with a music major.
    • Bachelor’s degree in organ or piano performance.
    • Experience in coordinating and leading music in a worship context.
    • Knowledge of church music and its role in Episcopal worship.
    • Experience with choral computing software.
    Application closes: December 28, 2020

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