Interim Director of Music and Organist (Stonington, CT)

Date Posted: 
February 1, 2018
Job Description: 

Job Title: Interim Director of Music and Organist
Organization Name: Calvary Church Episcopal, Stonington, CT
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Job Description:
Calvary Church Episcopal in Stonington, CT seeks an Interim Director of Music
and Organist to lead our outstanding music program.
The ideal candidate will be a strong organist, an exceptional choir trainer,
an experienced youth choir director with RSCM experience or similar with a
passion for teaching musicians of all ages, a detail-oriented administrator,
a kind and caring pastoral presence, an energetic builder of programs, and a
collegial staff member. Grounded in the inclusive Episcopal faith, our
Director of Music and Organist will demonstrate deep love for and knowledge
of our Anglican musical heritage, while appreciating the best new music being
written for the Church.
Our choral program includes 16-18 RSCM-trained trebles, 2-4 teen boys, 12-14
volunteer adult singers, and 2 professional staff singers. During the program
year, our choirs sing at the 10 a.m. Eucharist on Sundays and at monthly
choral Evensong, as well as offering regular community concerts. The Director
of Music and Organist also directs an adult handbell ensemble of 12 ringers
on a three octave set of Whitechapel Handbells. The campus is also home to
Calvary Music School, with approximately 80 students, part of the Church’s
outreach program. A role in the music school may offer additional
opportunities for compensation.
In addition to the Whitechapel Bells, Calvary owns many wonderful musical
instruments including a recently installed 17 stop tracker organ by the
Richards-Fowkes Co. of Ooltewah, TN, one Chickering concert grand, and two
Steinway grand pianos.
We will receive applications through March 15, but will consider them as they
are submitted.

Resumes should be sent to

Position Description
Reports to: the Interim Rector
The Interim Director of Music is responsible for leading, maintaining, and
growing our music program, collaborating with the Interim Rector to set its
vision, directing our choirs, playing the organ, directing handbells, and
overseeing the section leaders as well as the program’s administrative
needs and budget. Calvary will eventually seek a permanent Director of Music,
and the Interim appointee can be considered for this position.

Provide music for our worship (directly or through our music staff):
Sunday 8 a.m. (organ) & 10:00 a.m. (organ and choir), monthly Evensong
(organ and choir), and weddings and funerals. Worship is reverent, mostly
traditional, Rite One (8 a.m.) and Rite Two (10 a.m.) Worship, primarily
using the Hymnal 1982 for congregational singing.

Recruit for and rehearse the choirs (treble choristers and adult singers).
Plan and execute performance opportunities for the treble choristers for
outreach and recruitment.

Act as administrative leader of the music program, including hiring and
supervision of staff singers, planning music and maintaining the music
library, planning rehearsals and rehearsal schedules, overseeing the music
budget, handling copyrights and permissions, coordinating with Parish
Administrator for bulletins and advertising, overseeing maintenance of our
organ and pianos, and communicating with choir parents in administration of
the RSCM chorister program.  An annual music fundraiser is required to
sustain musical activities beyond the annual music budget.

Work with other staff and volunteers in fundraising.

Creatively engage the wider community to grow the program, and offer solo
Personal Skills

Strong organizational and administrative skills

Collegial team player with good people skills

Effective communicator and teacher, comfortable working with all ages

Creativity and passion for growing the music ministry

Professional Qualifications

Education: Bachelors Degree or higher in Choral Conducting, Church Music
and/or Organ Performance. (Masters Degree Preferred)

At least five years of experience as choir director and/or church organist

Substantial choral directing experience with all ages

Strong organ performance skills and organ performance experience

Experience with Anglican musical tradition and RSCM training strongly


Salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful
candidate. Compensation includes benefits, including health insurance
reimbursement, pension (after one year), continuing education allowance, and
four weeks’ vacation. Hours are negotiable.
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