Director of Music (Erie, PA)
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Cathedral of St. Paul is seeking a full-time Director of Music to serve as the principal musician, organist, and choral director. Working with the Dean, other staff, and parishioners, the Director of Music collaboratively leads, manages, and carries out the music ministry of the Cathedral. We seek a Director who will build upon our music program and engage with the arts community in Erie. The Director will approach liturgy with a theological lens and express our rich Anglican worship tradition in diverse ways. The Director should be comfortable working with all ages and genders, desire to be rooted in the Cathedral’s life, and be invested in the Cathedral’s vision and mission.
The Cathedral of St. Paul is a mid-sized congregation of diverse people located in the heart of downtown Erie. Our congregation is rooted in the Episcopal tradition, seeing our primary values as Christ-centered, invitational, other-oriented, authentic, and thoughtful. We express those values in our worship, partnerships in the city, formation, and community events. From a place of abundance, we are in creative collaboration with St. Mark’s Episcopal to grow our joint capacity in the city.
OUR DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND ORGANIST WILL
LITURGY AND MINISTRY
- Serve as the principal organist and music director at Sunday 8am and 10am worship services, as well as occasional Evensongs, Complines, and midweek services.
- Align the musical program and ministry with the larger strategic vision of the Cathedral.
- Program and oversee the planning of all hymns, service music and other musical repertoire used in liturgies, at the direction of and in collaboration with the Dean. This work will include the Liturgical Committee quarterly.
- Nurture the well-being of the entire music program of the Cathedral and every person involved, helping each person to use their gifts to the Glory of God. Create a sense of community among all musicians, fostering an atmosphere of care and support.
- Engage the music ministry in strategic planning and goal setting, in consultation with the Dean and Chapter.
- Guide the congregation and choir in deepening our musical repertoire by incorporating music from a variety of diverse sacred traditions.
- Create and grow a diverse group of new choristers. This program will develop students’ musical skills and abilities, help them sharpen their academic and social skills, introduce them to the distinctive theology, teachings, and traditions of the Episcopal Church, and support them and their parents within a community of care and support.
- Rehearse, provide, and oversee all choral, piano, and organ music for services, including, but not limited to, Sunday worship, Evensong, Compline, Diocesan and community services and pastoral services of marriage and burial.
- Recruit and develop volunteer choir members, offering regular opportunities for amateur singers to participate in our liturgies.
- Oversee the recruitment and management of all paid singers, instrumentalists, and contract musicians.
- Collaborate with the children’s and youth formation programs of the Cathedral.
- Partner with others in the Erie arts and music community and with other musicians in the religious and diocesan community.
- Program a variety of concerts, guest artists, and recitals to supplement the regular liturgical life of the Cathedral, with a focus on amplifying and featuring artists of many different backgrounds and cultures, including those from historically non-dominant backgrounds and perspectives.
- Supervise and oversee the work of all contract musicians and maintain a professional work environment, directing and supporting employees and contractors in their work.
- Plan and administer the music department budget and work closely with the Treasurer and bookkeepers in these processes.
- Plan and administer tour opportunities for the choir, and work with the Dean and Chapter in leading fundraising efforts for these tours.
- Establish and maintain contracts and updated job descriptions for all who support the music program, including but not limited to paid singers, contract musicians, etc.
- Oversee the maintenance and care of all Cathedral musical instruments and choral vestments.
- Coordinate with the Parish Administrator to ensure that all involved in the music program stay up-to-date with training in Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People (programs designed to aid in the recognition and prevention of abuse, neglect, or misconduct toward children and adults).
- Coordinate with the Parish Administrator and Media Director on bulletins, advertising materials, and communications.
- Attend staff meeting and keep regular in-person office hours to collaborate with fellow staff members as well as the congregation.
- Build the common life of our congregation by being present for necessary weeknight and some Saturday meetings/events and during coffee hours on Sundays.
- Support and nurture his/her colleagues in our mutual ministries through prayer, honest feedback, care, and transparency, following the culture of the Cathedral.
- Participate in two weeks of continuing education each year, planned in consultation with the Dean.
- Perform other related tasks as assigned by the Dean or her designee.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Have a graduate or professional degree in Organ Performance, Sacred Music or related field desired; and three plus years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Have previous experience directing a music program essential to the operations of an organization
CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND ORGANIST
- Christ-centered and concerned with one’s own spiritual, personal, and professional growth.
- Collaborative while also self-directed.
- Knowledgeable about the Anglican and Episcopal traditions and informed on new music and movements within the church.
- Deeply caring about both the adults and children in the music program.
- Willing to take risks and be creative and learn from mistakes.
- A clear communicator.
- Respectful of diverse peoples and opinions.
- Adaptive in regard to shifting priorities.
- Adept with technology, including Zoom, Apple/Mac operating systems and accompanying word processing, Google Mail, Google Drive, WORSHIPcast, One License, and Finale. Ability to operate a printer and copy machine, scanner, and other office equipment.
THE CATHEDRAL OF ST PAUL IS
- A Church in the heart of downtown Erie, a point of connection and belonging.
- Grounded in worship and in the Anglican tradition.
- Connected to God and one another through a variety of events and gatherings aimed at encouraging people to know one another and share our lives.
- A good partner, joining with other city organizations to help our neighbors in ways that meet their needs and align with our mission.
- Focused on reaching out through the work of teams of parishioners helping in our schools, working on food/housing insecurity issues, and welcoming new refugees/immigrants.
- A center for spirituality – the Cathedral intends to grow our offerings of ancient and modern spiritual practices that feed the soul by slowing us down.
ABOUT OUR INSTRUMENT
The Cathedral of St. Paul is home to one of the finest pipe organs in the region. The organ was built by Rieger Orgelbau of Vorarlberg, Austria and was installed at the Cathedral in 1982. The three-manual mechanical action instrument contains 60 ranks of pipes and 40 stops. The organ also features modern solid state combination action allowing for 100 levels of memory.
TO BEGIN A CONVERSATION
Email The Very. Rev. Melinda Hall with resume and cover letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.