St. Mark's Episcopal Church
- Type of Position: Part-Time
- Education Requirement: Bachelor's (Master's preferred)
- Date Posted: April 9, 2019
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church seeks a qualified individual for the position of Music Director. The person called to this position will serve as organist, director of the volunteer adult choir, and liturgical music planner/coordinator upholding our rich tradition of Anglican music.
Solicitation of Music Director
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Tampa, FL, is seeking a part-time Music Director. Duties include playing for Sunday 8:00 a.m. services and leading a 15-voice choir for Sunday 10:15 a.m. services, conducting weekly 1½-hour rehearsals Wednesday evenings, and various special events and services throughout the year. Other responsibilities include participation in regular liturgical planning meetings, communication with musicians, and selection of all music for approval by the Rector.
Title II Worship Canon 5: Of the Music of the Church
According to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, the clergy have final authority in the administration of matters pertaining to music. In fulfilling this responsibility, the Member of the Clergy shall seek assistance from persons skilled in music. At St. Mark’s this canonical requirement rests with the Rector assisted by the Director of Music.
The Music Director has overall responsibility for the music program at St. Mark’s. This entails developing and coordinating all music for the worship services. This work is consistent with our mission, values, and theology and is done in consultation with the Rector and the Worship Commission. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
Worship and Music Planning
- Play the organ for the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, 10:15 a.m. choral Eucharist and other services in the church year
- Play the organ for all funerals, marriages, and other services for an honorarium; if unable to play, the Music Director will arrange a suitable replacement
- Direct the adult choir in all rehearsals and services
- Play piano, as needed
- Prepare all music for Sunday and other services, including psalms, hymns, anthems, preludes and postludes
- Preserve, maintain, and develop the parish music library
- Arrange for hiring additional musicians as needed for special services
- Orient new volunteer choir members
- Manage music budget, communicating with the Parish Administrator to order music and pay hired musicians
- Supervise and arrange for maintenance of all parish instruments: organ, pianos, etc.
- Communicate music selections to the Rector and Parish Administrator in a timely fashion
- Maintain necessary communication with choir members via email
- BA in Music (Master’s degree preferred)
- Demonstrated excellence as organist and pianist
- Proficient in choral conducting
- Trained in music, liturgy, and worship practices, especially Anglican traditions and chant
- Wide range of musical knowledge from plainsong to contemporary, including standard hymns as represented in the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal; >Wonder, Love and Praise; and Lift Every Voice and Sing II
- Able to manage program budgets
- Computer skills; proficiency in Finale or other music editing software is preferred
- Willingness to incorporate diverse styles of hymns and anthems into Sunday worship
- Demonstrate creativity and innovation
- Integrate music into parish life and worship using musical talents found in the congregation
- The Music Director must be available throughout Advent, on Christmas Eve and Day, during Lent, Holy Week and Easter
- Expectation is 10-15 hours per week
- St. Mark’s choir is a close-knit group of talented musicians. We come from all walks of life: professional musicians, teachers, businessmen/women, nurses, students, etc., but we have a common goal of supporting congregational singing and enhancing the services with our talents. We are looking for someone to come join our family, enjoy our Wednesday night practices and lead us to sing God’s praises. Their talents and enthusiasm will help us expand our music program.
The organ is a custom Johannus III/67 draw knob terraced console with 100 levels of memory. The current voicing is in the English cathedral tradition. The choir room piano is a recent Yamaha upright and the parish hall piano is a Hyundai grand. We have a three-octave set of hand bells. The church has excellent acoustics.
Contact/How to Apply
- A resume with cover letter
- Three professional references and one personal reference
- A brief response to the following:
- Share with us how your talents as a musician and director enable you to deepen and expand the spiritual experience of God’s people in a congregation
- Describe your leadership style and provide an example from your experience where your leadership was an asset to the team on which you served
- Provide an organ performance and choral conducting video or audio file link