Organist and Choirmaster (Shreveport, Louisiana )

Date Posted: 
December 22, 2021
Organization Name: 
Church of the Holy Cross (Episcopal)
Salary Range: 
Competitive package negotiable
Job Description: 

Holy Cross' Rector is seeking a new organist and choirmaster for our historic church. We are an inclusive downtown parish that prides itself in offering consistently good and holy musical offerings from Sunday's service to the annual summer music festival to the various other concerts offered throughout the year. 

While we are a very progressive parish, our worship style is traditional and deeply committed to the Book of Common Prayer. Any applicants will need to have a familiarity with Anglican music and the liturgy and structure of The Episcopal Church. 

Graduate degree holders are preferred, but one is not necessary. Some experience in working with choirs is preferable. 

This is a full-time position offering competitive pay with annual salary reviews, health insurance and pension. We offer three weeks of paid vacation, paid parental leave, one week of paid sick leave, and paid time off for continuing education (amount of time to be negotiated).

You will be expected to (1) prepare all music for all services, subject to the Rector's final approval, (2) monitor the organ and other instruments and arrange and oversee their maintenance and tuning on a regular basis, (3) coordinate and schedule special guest musicians for certain occasions, (4) manage and hire all staff singers, (5) rehearse at least weekly with the choir, (6) work with the rector to schedule and prepare special services for holy days, (7) prepare and perform music for all funerals (when music is requested), (8) provide music during the week for social media and our website, (9) and other duties as assigned.

Our choir is small but passionate and willing to learn and do more, and we are eager to grow the choir with volunteers and paid singers. The rector and vestry strongly feel that sacred music is an invaluable part of Christian worship, and we hope and pray that a talented, skilled and engaging person will join us for many years to come. 

We welcome applicants to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex. 

Applicants can expect to begin August 1, 2022. The current organist will retire July 31, 2022. 

Instruments:

1920 E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ 

Steinway and Sons Grand Piano 

Harpsichord 

Pump Organ

See our website for more information on our instruments and music.