Organist and choir director (Woodbury, NJ)
Christ Church (Episcopal) in Woodbury, NJ, seeks an organist and choir director to oversee the parish music ministry. Founded in 1856, Christ Church is firmly grounded in Book of Common Prayer (1979) Rite I liturgy, primarily using the Hymnal 1982. Traditional liturgical music is central to the main choral Eucharist at 10:00 on Sunday morning.
Christ Church is blessed with a rich history and a warm and caring congregation. We look forward to welcoming a gifted, collegial church musician to collaborate with the rector and parishioners, lead a choir comprising a paid quartet (underwritten) and committed volunteers, and inspire dedication in all who participate. A chorister program affiliated with the RSCM in America is ripe for further development, including a summer chorister camp promoted and led by the organist and choir director. The choirs rehearse on Sunday in a brand-new, custom-tailored choir room. (There is no midweek rehearsal.)
The organist and choir director is responsible for the overall music ministry of Christ Church, providing leadership, direction, education, and budget oversight. The successful candidate will have solid conducting and service-playing skills. The organist and choir director plays the 10:00 service every Sunday through the year, plus principal weekday feasts in the Episcopal calendar and a few added services for the community each year, to be detailed in the Letter of Agreement with the successful candidate. This position requires 19-24 hours per week. The organ is a two-manual M.P. Möller Double Artiste with tonal additions, 13 ranks with Deagan chimes.