Assistant Organist/Choir Director
Job Title: Assistant Organist/Choir Director
Name of church or organization: Church of the Holy Trinity
Location: Vicksburg, MS
Position Description— Assistant Organist/Choir Director
The Church of the Holy Trinity in Vicksburg is seeking a new assistant to the organist/choir director. This person will assist with the organization of Sunday services, play organ and piano during worship services as needed, direct and accompany choir as needed and will assist with management of the Conservatory
of the Fine Arts, a non-profit organization supporting music education for the Vicksburg/Warren County region. The organist/choir director leads the church’s music ministry in support of our liturgical and pastoral leadership as we gather in praise of God on Sundays and during the Feasts and Fasts of the life
of the Church. We seek a person who will join this vibrant community of service that will lead, teach, and inspire our community in singing praise to God and classical music education. The sanctuary of Church of the Holy Trinity possesses warm and generous acoustics for spoken voice and musical performance. It possesses two instruments at present Schantz Pipe organ: Installed in 1980, regularly maintained. Will be under going renovations and upgrades in 2023.
Yamaha grand piano. Worship services and especially seasonal services oftentimes include other instrumental and vocal performances, granting a wider palate for performance than may be found in most churches. The community of Church of the Holy Trinity draws members from across Vicksburg/Warren County region. We are in the process of rebuilding and reconnecting to our membership, searching for a new Rector, and our hope is that the successful candidate will continue to support our desire to open our doors to all with awareness that diversity brings transformation and change to all. We are a community of all ages, and welcome households of all construct and form. Our diversity is an ongoing, conscious, and faithful discernment and all Church staff commit to that vision. The Conservatory provides comprehensive and quality training to adults and children who demonstrate interest in learning or achievement in the visual, performing, literary, or media arts. Generally, we offer
lessons in piano, violin, cello, trumpet, flute, saxophone, voice, painting and photography. Like other non-profit organizations, the Conservatory is in a rebuilding phase, and requires a candidate to assist in outreach to potential teachers and students.
Either have or in the process of pursuing a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in organ (and keyboard, preferred) performance, or similar degree with equivalent experience Knowledge of sacred music, particularly that of the Episcopal (Anglican) tradition.
High level of musicianship and proficiency
Strong interpersonal skills.
Experience in music education either in a classroom or private lessons.
Excellent organization and communication skills.
Experience preferred, but optional, in choral direction or participation in choirs
Ability to work with singers of all ages and ability Desire to help teach a community to find joy in singing God’s praises and inspire appreciation of classical music.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Planning, preparing and performing music for weekly services year-round at 10:15 AM on Sundays (start time may shift seasonally)
Planning, preparing and performing music for special services, such as, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Christmas services Other services as negotiated and planned with Organist/Choir Director and Rector.
Organize and rehearse adult choir groups, including additional rehearsal time, as needed, for seasonal services, usually 1 evening rehearsal during the work week, rehearsal schedule is flexible.
Assist in creating and curating a music library in the church
Adhere to copyright laws
Play incidental services (weddings, funerals and community liturgies) as they arise.
Bench fee base is $250, more if rehearsal or accompaniment practice is required
Oversee and maintain maintenance and care of musical instruments
Commitment to background check, (expenses assumed by church)
Organize and coordinate teachers and students for the Conservatory of Fine Arts, collect lesson fees, annual recitals and rehearsal spaces.
Salary and Other Details:
This is a part-time position, estimated to be 15-25 hours a week. Hours include two to three hours on Sunday for rehearsal, warm up and performance in liturgies. Adult choir group rehearsals to be arranged will include personal practice and administrative time. Salary is competitive for the area with no medical benefits, vacation paid time off or retirement at this time, but may be negotiated after a period of time.
Continuing education may be negotiated as time allows.
If chosen to interview, the candidate will audition on our organ, up to 3 pieces, and will be allowed up to 1 hour private practice before audition, followed by an interview session with search committee members. If travel to Vicksburg is prohibitive, candidate may choose to send in video of organ and
interview may be virtual. Please send a resume, a brief statement of your approach to the vocation of Church Music ‘Letter of Interest, list of 3 references and with any other material to the Search Committee via email@example.com by September 30th. Please place the words “organist
search” in the subject line.
Type of Commitment: Part Time
Does this job pay?: Yes
Application Process: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and letter of interest, list 3 references.
Application Deadline: September/30/2022
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Monday - Friday
8:00a.m. - 1:30p.m.
10:15 a.m. - Nave
9:15 a.m. - Parish Hall
Our Mission is to proclaim the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ by sharing His spirit in worship and in the ministry to the needs of our congregation and our community.