Music Director Position Available
St. Michael and All Angels’ Anglican Church is searching for a church musician to lead and continue to enhance its music programme to complement its traditional liturgical worship.
The parish is within the catholic tradition of the Anglican Church and is the only one of its kind in Winnipeg, making it unique in its worship and, therefore, providing an opportunity for the offering of liturgical music not frequently presented in other churches in the city. The principal service is the Sunday morning sung, or high, mass. High mass is also offered on various days of the church year other than Sundays.
Several years ago, the need to improve and enhance liturgical music was identified as a priority for the parish. Since that time, significant steps in achieving this goal have been realised, with funding for, and the development of, a professional choral ensemble to sing approximately two Sundays a month as well as on feast days. In that time, the ensemble has performed numerous mass settings and motets by composers mainly from the Renaissance era (including Byrd, Andrea Gabrieli, Hassler, Lassus, Morales, Palestrina, and Victoria) as well as settings by Healey Willan and others.
The parish leadership is keen to see this continue and is open to the performance of suitable liturgical choral music from other eras as well. The development of a volunteer choral ensemble, made up of parishioners and/or members of the larger community would also be welcomed, but the leadership is cognizant of the limitations of resources.
The ideal candidate will be familiar with, or have an openness to learn about, the Anglo-Catholic liturgical tradition and, in particular, the musical tradition often associated with it, including plainsong, Gregorian chant, hymnody, and choral music from the past several centuries.
Education and previous experience in choral directing is required. The ideal candidate will have the suitable combination of training, education, and experience to enable him/her to prepare and present chant and choral music that will serve to complement Anglo-Catholic liturgy. The ability to play the organ, or the possession of keyboard abilities able to be transferred to the organ, is desirable, but is not a necessity.
Reporting to the incumbent priest, the duties of the position include:
- Selecting the choral music for the principal Sunday mass, as well as occasional holy days of the church year, subject to approval from the incumbent priest.
- Leading the professional choral ensemble in singing all liturgical music including both choral and chanted portions and all hymns and responses at the principal Sunday mass and occasional weekday evening mass.
- Serving as, or scheduling, a cantor to lead the congregation in the sung congregational portions of the liturgy, including liturgies at which the choral ensemble is not present.
- Recruiting and auditioning singers for the choral ensemble as required.
Desirable, but not necessarily required, would be:
- Leading the music of the liturgy on the organ (hymns, chants, and choral music), as required/appropriate, as well as providing organ voluntaries.
- Overseeing maintenance of the parish’s organ (three-manual Allen digital organ) and piano; organising and maintaining the music library. Other duties as negotiated with the incumbent priest.
Terms of the position:
The position is part-time, commencing in September 2019; exact start date and salary to be negotiated.
To be considered, candidates will submit the following materials:
- A cover letter;
- A detailed resume including choral conducting experience, as well as formal and informal education and training;
- A list of past repertoire, rehearsed and conducted, over the past two years; and
- Contact information for two references.
Applications, including the above information, or any inquiries for more information, should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Music Director Search”.
The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM, Friday, 17 May 2019.
We thank all applicants; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.