Director of Music
Employer: Christ Church Cathedral
Contact: The Cathedral Dean
The Director of Music is responsible for the development, administration, coordination and implementation of the Cathedral music ministry. The Director of Music shall serve as a facilitator, supervisor, and provide resources and support to both paid and volunteer musicians.
This is a part-time position (25-30 hours a week). Benefits include a contribution to the Church Pension Fund, Employer match to FICA, reimbursement for continuing education, and four weeks of vacation per year, including four Sundays.
Key Responsibilities: Includes but is not limited to
- Develop, maintain and conduct the Cathedral choir at the Cathedral’s regular Sunday 10:00 AM worship service and seasonal bilingual services.
- Develop a comprehensive music program from the ground up, including the inclusion of youth choristers and building the ranks of volunteer musicians/singers.
- Serve as primary organist and accompanist for Cathedral Sunday worship and special events.
- Coordinate, lead and provide musical support for special Cathedral liturgies as well as for Diocesan- Wide events and other events hosted at the Cathedral or elsewhere across ECCT, as requested.
- Develop Annual Concert Series
- Work with the Dean and lay leaders to expand the Cathedral’s musical offerings and to expand the ways in which the Cathedral is of service to the broader Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
- Perform administrative tasks of the Music Department, including: oversee scheduling; monitor the music budget; recruit, hire and supervise section leaders, contract singers and guest musicians; maintain instruments, music library, vestments, and supplies.
- Work in Collaboration with the Spanish Music Coordinators, oversee music related administrative matters for Spanish Services. Spanish Music Coordinators are supervised by Spanish speaking clergy
- Provide, in a timely fashion, all music related information and materials for the production of bulletins and proof read the bulletin for music content.
The Director of Music reports solely and directly to the Dean. It is crucial that he/she be a team player. He/she will build good working relationships with all staff members, particularly the Dean, other Clergy, and Cathedral Staff. The Director of Music by virtue of their position must work to build good relationships with an extended constituency, which includes members of the Choir, Children’s Choir, as well as chorister parents, and thus must work to build good relationships with these constituencies.
- Understand the place of music in Sacramental Worship.
- Proficiency in playing the organ is required. Vocal techniques and piano is a plus.
- Excellent communication skills and relationship building skills.
- Outstanding organizational and administrative skills, including effectiveness in handling details
- Open to change, creative and enthusiastic about worship, liturgy and teamwork.
- Working knowledge of choral rehearsal techniques and conducting.
- Knowledge of traditional and contemporary Choral music.
- Knowledge of Copyright laws.
- Minimum of Bachelor Degree in music, liturgy or related field. Post-graduate degree in an area of music is a plus.
- Must be certified by Safe Church Training