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Director of Music

Employer: Christ Church Cathedral

Contact: The Cathedral Dean


Position Summary:

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

  1. Develop, maintain and conduct the Cathedral choir at the Cathedral’s regular Sunday 10:00 AM worship service and seasonal bilingual services.
  2. Develop a comprehensive music program from the ground up, including the inclusion of youth choristers and building the ranks of volunteer musicians/singers.
  3. Serve as primary organist and accompanist for Cathedral Sunday worship and special events.
  4. 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.
  5. Develop Annual Concert Series
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Provide, in a timely fashion, all music related information and materials for the production of bulletins and proof read the bulletin for music content.

Relationships

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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






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Director of Music & Choirmaster

Employer: Christ Church Cathedral

Contact: The Cathedral Dean


Christ Church Cathedral welcomes applications for the position of Director of Music & Choirmaster. This is a part-time position of 25-30 hours a week.

The new Music Director will be selected prior to beginning of the 2016 – 2017 season (September 1, 2016)

The Position:

The Director of Music reports directly to the Dean and 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.


Candidate Profile

  1. Understand the place of music in Sacramental Worship.
  2. Proficiency in playing the organ is required. Vocal techniques and piano is a plus.
  3. Excellent communication skills and relationship building skills.
  4. Outstanding organizational and administrative skills, including effectiveness in handling details
  5. Open to change, creative and enthusiastic about worship, liturgy and teamwork.
  6. Working knowledge of choral rehearsal techniques and conducting.
  7. Knowledge of traditional and contemporary Choral music.
  8. Knowledge of Copyright laws.
  9. Minimum of Bachelor Degree in music, liturgy or related field. Post-graduate degree in an area of music is a plus.
  10. Must be certified by Safe Church Training within the first three months of their employment.

Relationships

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

The Choir

The Cathedral Choir consists of both professional, and auditioned volunteer soprano, alto, tenor and basses. The choir sings for the Sunday 10:00am Eucharist (September through June), in addition to special services throughout the year. The choir sings a wide variety of repertoire with special emphasis on sacred chorale works. The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings.

The Community

Christ Church Cathedral is the seat of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Xonnecticut. The Cathedral serves as a resource in the formation of apostles in CT.

The Cathedral congregations represent a diverse, multicultural and multilingual community. Our Cathedral congregations are comprised of four worshipping communities, each with distinctive identity and characteristics.

Our Church by the Pond congregation host services at Bushnell Park on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Our parishioners at this services are primarily guests of our feeding program. They participate in worship leadership and some also participate as part of our Sunday 10 am congregation.

On Sundays, we have three congregations, our 8 am congregation is a lively small group who prefers an informal worship setting, using Rite II. A Bible Study is offered following the service.

Our 10 am congregation participates in worship in the context of a choral Eucharist. The Cathedral Choir serves faithfully to this community with superb music. This congregation in actively engage in various ministries.

Our 12:30 p.m. congregation is comprised of a Latino/Hispanic community. Services are held in Spanish. We are blessed with outstanding Latino heritage music. This congregation meets once a week for Home Bible Study.

We host several bilingual services throughout the year, combining our 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. congregations. These combined services are an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and rejoice in God’s love.

In January, our congregations jointly coordinate and host the traditional Three Kings Pageant.

Compensation

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience, scope of duties, and qualifications.

Applications

For full consideration, the deadline to apply is July 8, 2016. Applications must include: personal letter of interest from the candidate, short resume, sample programs conducted by the candidate (including at least one education program), and names and phone numbers of at least three professional references. Delivery by electronic means is preferred. DVD recordings or links may be submitted with application materials. No phone inquiries, please. Christ Church Cathedral is an equal opportunity employer.

Submit Applications to:
lina.howell@cccathedral.org 
Christ Church Cathedral
45 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103