Organ scholar (Chicago, IL)

Date Posted: 
December 11, 2019
Organization Name: 
St. James Cathedral
Salary Range: 
$2,000/month plus housing
Job Description: 

St. James Cathedral, Chicago (Episcopal) is seeking an Organ Scholar for academic year 2020-21. Candidates must have recently completed a course of study in organ or sacred music at the graduate or undergraduate level. A high level of proficiency at the organ is required, and choral experience is ideal. In a competitive job market, this hands-on learning position is an ideal starting place for a career in church music.

Duties shall include:

·      Accompanying the Cathedral Choir and Choristers in 3-4 weekly choral services 

·      Playing hymns, service music, and voluntaries at Cathedral liturgies

·      Assisting in the direction and training of the choirs

·      Offering two recitals a year at the Cathedral

·      Attending staff meetings and liturgy planning sessions

In the course of carrying out these duties, the Organ Scholar will learn the intricacies of running a dynamic department of music. Opportunities for formation shall include:

·      Regular coaching in accompaniment, service-playing, repertoire, and conducting with Director of Music Stephen Buzard

·      Mentoring by the Cathedral clergy

·      Education in the repertoire of the Anglican choral tradition

·      Exposure to diverse liturgical and musical resources, particularly at our 9am service and Diocesan occasions

·      Managing administrative tasks such as budgeting, attendance, and recruitment

·      Career-building and professional development

The full-time position runs for one academic year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Cathedral offers $2000/month with housing provided, plus health and retirement benefits. Specific start and end dates are negotiable.

Interested applicants should submit the following by January 15, 2020:

·      A cover letter articulating why they feel called to a career in church music

·      A 1-page resumé outlining relevant experience plus two references

·      Links to two recordings, including a choral accompaniment if available

Please send all correspondence to Stephen Buzard at Finalists will be brought to St. James for an interview and audition in February.