Grace Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Bath, Maine, established in 1849

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Needed: Director of Music Ministry!

Grace Episcopal Church in Bath, Maine strives to love and serve God through worship and ministry in our church, the community, and the world. We aim to provide a warm and welcoming environment for worship and spiritual formation. We are a major sponsor of our local Food Bank, host a mobile food distribution program monthly, are a covenant church of Habitat for Humanity, have a relationship with a school in Haiti, and have a Rector who served as a missionary in South America. We think you’ll find that we celebrate the joy of music, value quality and variety, and consider music a vital part of our ministry.

Position Summary

We seek a part-time Director of Music Ministry (DMM) to provide choral, vocal, and instrumental music (organ and/or piano) for our worship, sacramental occasions, parish events, and concerts, and to assist the Rector in liturgical planning, education, and execution. We are looking for a Director of Music Ministry whose skill, enthusiasm, and collaborative spirit will support and help us develop the musical aspect of our worship and life together as a faith community. We enjoy singing together and have many members who are interested in sharing skills as vocal or instrumental musicians. We have an appreciation for the core music of our Episcopal tradition, both hymnody and choral anthems, but we also sing and enjoy music from other churches and traditions.

Responsibilities

As the parish principal musician, the DMM coordinates all music provided for worship services, special sacramental occasions, and parish events or concerts. We have three Sunday services at 8:00 (Rite I), 9:30 (Children’s Church) and 10:15 (Rite II). The 8:00 and 9:30 services are without music, and the 10:15 service is with organ and choir. The schedule is pretty much the same year-round, however, the choir takes a summer break (July & August), and occasionally our Sunday services are combined at 9:00 am.

The DMM provides organ music and directs the choir at all regularly scheduled 10:15 Sunday services as well as for major holidays and feast days including Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter and any other services throughout the church calendar year.

The DMM plans and selects appropriate music for the 10:15 services in collaboration with the Rector. The DMM should consider alternatives that enrich the ministry and provide inspiration, including other formats and instrumentation to inspire energetic community and praise. This is a leadership position and works closely with the Rector and, as identified, individuals, to periodically evaluate the musical offerings and ensure Grace’s standards for its music program are continuously met.

The DMM coordinates volunteers or hires substitute musicians for vacation or services scheduled when the DMM is unavailable. The DMM conducts weekly rehearsals (currently scheduled for Thursday evenings) with the choir and any music volunteers.

The DMM provides music at all funerals and weddings requiring organ music on church premises. Other organists may be used with the permission of the DMM. The DMM receives an agreed-upon fee for a short program of music preceding wedding ceremonies and during the ceremony. Additional payment is made if special music, or rehearsal with additional musicians is needed. If the DMM is not available for a wedding or funeral, he/she assists the Rector in the hiring of a substitute.

The DMM obtains all necessary permissions and authorizations prior to reproductions of copyrighted materials and does not engage in the unauthorized duplication of music. This includes securing rights and preparing music published in the bulletin, for performance by the choir and congregation, on organ, piano, or other instruments.

The DMM has a fiduciary responsibility for the musical resources of the parish including:

  • Responsibility for the selection and purchase of all music and music supplies
  • Maintenance of the music library in an orderly fashion (assisted by volunteers)
  • Maintenance of the required copies of musical pieces to enable choir performance
  • Upkeep and maintenance of all parish instruments
  • Hiring of instrumental and vocal soloists or coordinating the contributions of volunteers

 Resources:

  • An Allen 2-manual electronic organ with pull stops
  • A digital piano and synthesizer
  • An engaged choir of ~12 people
  • Two grand pianos … in the sanctuary (Knabe), and in the parish hall (Kawai)
  • An annual Music/Supply Organist budget
  • A subscription to Synthesis Hymnody that follows the Revised Common Lectionary
  • A music library

 Skills and Knowledge Required:

  • Proficiency at keyboard
  • Choral conducting, including from the keyboard
  • Familiarity with church liturgy (preferably Episcopal)
  • Effective time management and communication
  • Collaborative musical leadership for choir and congregation (and comfortable with the inclusion of children)

Skills and Knowledge Preferred:

  • Organ skills
  • Familiar with Episcopal hymnody and liturgical music
  • Prior experience working in a faith-based setting

Qualities Sought:

  • Inviting and approachable demeanor toward staff and volunteers
  • Encouraging and joyful, able to build excitement around our musical programming
  • Collaborative and interested in helping develop our music ministry
  • Flexible; willing to try new approaches
  • Able to work with musicians of all ages and abilities

This is a part-time position (~8-10 hours/wk) that reports to the Rector. It’s assumed that in addition to choir rehearsals, practice, and services, that the DMM will attend a bi-weekly staff meeting. Compensation includes 2 weeks of paid vacation. Special services requiring music, such as a funeral or wedding, is handled through special arrangement and compensated separately in addition to compensation for regularly scheduled services.

Applicants should send a cover letter or statement of interest, resume, and 3 references to churchoffice@gwi.net. Questions? Call 207-443-3792. Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

 

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