Director of Music – Episcopal News Service

ABOUT THE POSITION

St. Paul’s Cathedral is seeking a full-time Music Director to serve as Principal Musician, Organist and Choir Director. Together with the Dean, other staff members, and parishioners, the Music Director co-directs, manages, and executes the music ministry of the Cathedral. We are looking for a director who will build on our music program and engage with the Erie arts community. The director will approach the liturgy with a theological lens and express our rich tradition of Anglican worship in a variety of ways. The director must be comfortable working with all ages and genders, desire to be rooted in the life of the cathedral, and invested in the vision and mission of the cathedral.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a medium sized congregation of diverse people located in the heart of downtown Erie. Our congregation is rooted in the Episcopal tradition, viewing our primary values ​​as Christ-centered, invitational, others-oriented, authentic, and reflective. We express these values ​​in our worship, our city partnerships, training and community events. From a place of plenty, we are in creative collaboration with St. Mark’s Episcopal to develop our joint capacity in the city.

OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR AND ORGANIST WILL BE

LITURGY AND MINISTRY

  • Serving as Principal Organist and Music Director at Sunday worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., as well as occasional Evening Song, Compline, and midweek services.
  • Align the music 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, under the direction and in collaboration with the Dean. This work will include the quarterly liturgical committee.
  • Nurture the well-being of the entire Cathedral music program and everyone involved, helping each person use their gifts for the glory of God. Create a sense of community among all musicians, fostering an atmosphere of caring and support.
  • Engage the Ministry of Music 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 develop a diverse group of new singers. This program will develop students’ musical skills and abilities, help them hone their academic and social skills, introduce them to the distinctive theology, teachings, and traditions of The Episcopal Church, and support them and their parents in the within a community of care and support.
  • Rehearse, provide and supervise all choral, piano and organ music for services including but not limited to Sunday Worship, Evening Singing, Compline, Diocesan and Community Services and Pastoral Services of the wedding and funeral.
  • Recruit and develop volunteer choir members, regularly providing opportunities for amateur singers to participate in our liturgies.
  • Oversee the recruitment and management of all paid contract singers, instrumentalists and musicians.
  • Collaborate with the formation programs of the children and young people of the cathedral.
  • Associate with other members of Erie’s arts and music community and other musicians from the church and diocesan community.
  • Schedule a variety of concerts, guest artists and recitals to complement the regular liturgical life of the Cathedral, with an emphasis on amplifying and showcasing artists from different backgrounds and cultures, including those from historically non-dominant horizons and perspectives.
  • Supervise and supervise 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 Accountants in these processes.
  • Plan and administer touring opportunities for the choir and work with the Dean and Chapter to lead 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 vocalists, contract musicians, etc.
  • Oversee the care and upkeep of all Cathedral musical instruments and choral vestments.
  • Coordinate with the parish administrator to ensure that everyone involved in the music program stays current with training on Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People (programs designed to help recognize and to prevent abuse, neglect or misconduct of children and adults).
  • Coordinate with parish administrator and media director on newsletters, publicity materials and communications.

ADDITIONAL TASKS

  • Attend staff meetings and maintain regular in-person office hours to collaborate with other staff members as well as the congregation.
  • Build the common life of our congregation by being present for necessary weeknights and certain meetings/events on Saturdays and during coffee hours on Sundays.
  • Support and nurture colleagues in our mutual ministries through prayer, honest feedback, caring, and transparency, consistent with the culture of the Cathedral.
  • Participate in two weeks of continuing education each year, planned in consultation with the dean.
  • Perform other related duties assigned by the Dean or designate.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • Hold a graduate or professional degree in organ performance, sacred music or a related field desired; and more than three years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Previous experience leading a music program critical to an organization’s operations is required

CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR AND ORGANIST

  • Christ-centered and concerned with his own spiritual, personal and professional growth.
  • Work well in collaboration with others, while being autonomous.
  • Knowledge of Anglican and Episcopal traditions and ability to keep abreast of new music and movements within the church.
  • -Deeply caring about adults and children in the music program.
  • Willingness to take risks, be creative and learn from mistakes.
  • Clear communicator.
  • Respectful of the diversity of peoples and opinions.
  • Ability to adapt and conform to changing priorities and demands and adapt accordingly.
  • Adept with technology including Zoom, Apple/Mac operating systems and accompanying word processor, Google Mail, Google Drive, WORSHIPcast, One License and Finale. Ability to use printer and copier, scanner and other office equipment is desired.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL EAST

  • A church in the heart of downtown Erie, a point of connection and belonging.
  • Steeped in Anglican worship and tradition.
  • Connected to God and to each other through a variety of events and gatherings aimed at encouraging people to get to know each other and share our lives.
  • A good partner, joining with other organizations in the city to help our neighbors in ways that meet their needs and align with our mission.
  • Focused on raising awareness through the work of teams of parishioners helping in our schools, working on food insecurity/housing issues, and welcoming new refugees/immigrants.
  • A center of spirituality – the cathedral intends to develop our offerings of ancient and modern spiritual practices that nurture the soul by slowing us down.

ABOUT OUR INSTRUMENT

St. Paul’s Cathedral houses 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 rows of pipes and 40 stops. The organ also features a modern solid state combination action allowing 100 levels of memory.

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