Director of Music and Organist (Chapel Hill, NC)

Date Posted: 
Monday, November 6, 2017

Job Title: Director of Music and Organist
Organization Name: The Chapel of the Cross
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Job Description:
Founded in 1842, the Chapel of the Cross is an Episcopal parish in Chapel
Hill, located downtown and directly beside the campus of the University of
North Carolina.  With 2100 members, the parish is a vibrant community of
faith where worship, university ministry, and outreach are central.  It is
one of three Episcopal parishes in Chapel Hill, each with its own distinctive
identity.  The parish has a history of strong engagement with the Diocese and
the wider church.

Excellence in sacred music offered to the glory of God is one of the
hallmarks of our parish’s liturgical life.  Music at the Chapel of the
Cross is faithful to the Anglican tradition while aspiring to innovation and
creativity; its aim is to draw worshippers into the deeper realities of God.
The parish has a thriving choral music program with large and active adult
and children’s choirs.  Two mechanical-action organs are located within the
parish’s worship spaces, a 1980 three-manual Kleuker and a 2006 two-manual

The Chapel of the Cross seeks a full-time Director of Music and Organist who
will work with the Rector to uphold a shared vision for a music program that
engages parishioners and newcomers and maintains a standard of excellence.
The Director of Music and Organist will provide leadership in the areas of
music and worship, including playing the organ for services, directing the
choirs, and organizing music activities for children, youth, and adults.
This person will educate the choirs and congregation about musical,
liturgical, and theological issues as part of their Christian formation;
attend to pastoral needs of choristers and their families in partnership with
the clergy; and seek opportunities to collaborate with university and
community partners.

The successful candidate will have a strong education in sacred music,
demonstrated ability and skill in choral training and conducting as well as
organ playing, and experience in organizing and supervising an integrated
church music program for all ages.  This is a full-time, salaried position,
and includes pension and health insurance benefits.  This key leadership
position reports to the Rector. Anticipated start date is early Pentecost.

We will begin reviewing applications December 1.  Please send a cover letter,
CV, and a list of 3-5 references, as a single document in pdf format to
Walker Mabe at  At a later date, applicants
will be asked to submit video of rehearsal and/or performance of choral work,
and video/audio of organ repertoire and hymn playing.

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