Director of Music Ministry - Job Description
Music is integral to the life and ministry of Trinity and represents one of our core strengths. We seek a Director of Music Ministry who is comfortable playing the music of our Episcopal/Anglican tradition while exploring new expressions of music and participation. Moving forward, we hope our music program can grow the choir in numbers and diversity and instill a sense in our members of all ages that music is an essential part of life, worship, and growth. As a worship leader, we are seeking a candidate with strong choral direction and musical skills, as well as the desire to work with a collaborative worship team.
Regular Worship Services and Choir Rehearsal
The Director of Music Ministry will select appropriate music and provide piano/organ music for Sunday services in collaboration with the priest in charge, supporting the liturgy and scriptures of the day, and making the most of available talents, vocal and instrumental. The Director of Music Ministry will expand the variety of hymns and service music. This may require teaching music to the congregation.
Currently we have a livestream 9:00 AM and Zoom 10:30 AM service. They will also schedule one additional singer or instrumentalist as desired for the 9:00 AM service, following the published guidelines for safety during COVID-19.
When the church reopens for in-person, public worship (at the discretion of the priest in charge in consultation with the vestry), the Director of Music Ministry will provide music for one service and rehearse with the choir one hour per week, in addition to a pre-service warmup. The choir typically sings from early September through mid-June.
The Director of Music Ministry will secure a substitute for any pre-planned time away from the church.
Play the organ and piano for special worship services (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter, Easter Day), including practice and preparation. The Director of Music Ministry also works with the choir or other vocal or instrumental talent to enhance the worship in these services.
The Director of Music Ministry also provides music for weddings and funerals, as needed. The services of other organists may be used only with the permission of the priest in charge. The Director of Music Ministry (or other organist) will be paid a $200.00 fee by the requesting party.
There is openness to anything the Director of Music Ministry might want to do to enrich the musical (and hence spiritual) life of the parish such as recitals or a children's choir.
Staff Meetings and Other Meetings
The Director of Music Ministry will provide timely and accurate music related information and materials to the office staff for the production of orders of worship. They will also meet monthly with the warden in charge or priest in charge to go over changes or ideas for worship and attend quarterly staff meetings. They are also a member of the parish worship committee, which will meet on a regular basis to discuss worship and liturgy.
The Director of Music Ministry will maintain and expand the music library, adhering to copyright laws, and report music use to licensing organizations. Assistance may be provided by the volunteer Choir
The Director of Music Ministry is responsible for scheduling maintenance of our instruments:
· The Charles Fisk OPUS 56 (1971) tracker-action pipe organ
· Two Baldwin upright pianos.
They will also be permitted to use the facilities of the Church (piano and organ) for private teaching. Times of lessons and use of facilities must be scheduled in advance through the office so as not to conflict with the needs of the Church.
Terms of Position/Weekly Hours
This is a 12-month position, 12 hours/week, part-time, exempt position. Paid vacation is 4 weeks including 4 Sundays off annually, which do not accrue.
Note: Pursuant to the Episcopal Church in Connecticut's policy, the selected candidate will undergo a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of such background check. An additional expectation is that the Director of Music Ministry will complete Safe Church Training and State of CT Sexual Harassment Training within 3 months of hiring.
Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 55 River Road, Collinsville, CT, a village of Canton, CT. For more information about Trinity, please visit our website: www.TrinityCollinsville.org.
To Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three references to the Director of Music Ministry, c/o Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 374, Collinsville, CT 06022-0374, or by emailing
Office@TrinityCollinsville.org by September 30, 2021.