Organist/Pianist for Jewish High Holy Days and Part-Time Synagogue Position (Hamden, Ct)

Date Posted: 
June 6, 2022
Organization Name: 
Congregation Mishkan Israel
Contact Email: 
Salary Range: 
Very competitive. Will discuss upon application.
Job Description: 

Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden, Ct is looking for a fun, dynamic person with wonderful keyboard skills to play for High Holy Days and beyond. Excellent Sight Reading and accompanying skills are essential. During the High Holy Days, the candidate would be accompanying the Cantor and Professional Quartet on any and all music in the service, which is substantial. 

We need someone who is personable and flexible, used to accompaning singers, and is a a team player with other musicians and ensembles that are involved in services as well. The candidate should be able to seamlessly weave from one piece into the other and keep the musical flow of the service going. The styles of music range from folk to classical, so excellent technical and improvisational skills are essential.

The High Holy Days dates are the following: (there are 4 evening rehearsals over 2 weeks before Rosh Hashanah)

Sunday Evening September 25th: Rosh Hashanah Evening Service (s)

Tuesday Morning September 26th: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 

Wednesday Morning September 27th: Day two Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Tuesday Evening October 4th: Yom Kippur Evening Service

Wednesday ALL DAY October 5th: Yom Kippur Day Services (over by 6:15 approx.)

After High Holy Days, all typical weekly Services are on Friday nights from 6-7 PM, and once a month from 7-8 PM. You would need to arrive at 5:00 PM for a rehearsal before the service. I would also like to revive the Adult Choir in the fall that collapsed during to the pandemic. That would include additional renumeration.

If this looks like the position for you and you like to work with talented people doing fun, varied and interesting music, please send an email ASAP and I will get back to you right away.

Cantor Arthur Giglio