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Job Description: Music Director

Grace Church seeks a Music Director to continue our long tradition of inspiring music
for worship. We are a vibrant parish of about 120 households in the section of Newton
bordering Watertown and Brighton. We love to sing and we love great organ and piano
music. We are blessed with a beautiful sanctuary and an impressive G. G. Hook &
Hastings organ. Our choir of 10 to 14 singers is led by four professional section
leaders. We value participation in sacred music for the families involved in our Sunday
School of 50 children. We also have a small carillon in our bell tower, and a committed
group of volunteers who play hymn tunes on the bells before and after worship.
The Music Director will work closely with the Rector, the Worship Committee, and the
parish choir to create an engaging and spiritually uplifting music program at Grace.

Responsibilities include:

  • Directing Choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings during the academic calendar year
  • Planning and leading music at the 10:30 Service of Holy Eucharist (9:30 in the summer) and other services throughout the year
  • Planning and leading special services and events such as Lessons and Carols, occasional evensongs, requiems for All Saints Sunday, and Christmas Pageant
  • Providing music for weddings and funerals (extra compensation)
  • Participating in weekly meetings with the Rector and parish staff
  • Working with our Minister for Christian Formation to include music in our Christian Formation program for children and youth
  • Supervising Choir section leaders and managing music budget

Desired qualities include:

  • Excellent musicianship on organ and piano
  • Excellent choral conducting skills
  • Ability to work with all levels of musicians: professionals, amateurs, and children
  • Familiarity with the Episcopal tradition
  • Understanding of the important contribution of music to liturgy and celebration of liturgical seasons
  • Familiarity with and willingness to include a broad range of music for congregational singing
  • Collaborative and collegial approach to music ministry
  • Personable, friendly, and interested in community life

This is a 15-hour/week position beginning September (with possibility of a summer
start); compensation will be negotiated according to experience. Please send cover
letter, résumé, and contact info for two references to: The Rev. Dr. Regina Walton,
Pastor and Rector, pastor@gracenewton.org. Please submit applications by May 31, 2019.
Interviews will begin a.s.a.p.

Instrument details:
Service music in the main worship space is supported by the Church’s original 1873 E.
and G. G. Hook & Hastings organ with 28 ranks and a two-manual console. The organ
was last rebuilt by Petty-Madden Organbuilders, Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey, in 1991,
restoring many of its original tonal qualities, and replacing the electric action in its
console with a more modern solid state electronic action. To enhance the organ for
congregational hymns, an antiphonal division with four ranks of pipes was added at the
west end of the church. Ongoing maintenance of the organ is important to the parish.
Music in the main worship space is also supported by a Petrof grand piano located in
the south transept where its sound projects easily into the nave.

Lessons & Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 9, 10:30 am

This Advent, Lessons and Carols will be based on the O Antiphons, of which the hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel is a paraphrase. The exact origin of these Antiphons is unknown, however there are references to them dating back to the sixth century. In this special service, the choir will sing each of the original Antiphons. Lessons and music appropriate to each ‘Great O’ will be used, some will be familiar in a lessons and carols service, but a good bit of the music will be new to this service. Please join us for this very special Advent service.

Grace Church Choir performs Brahms Requiem Nov 5

Choral opportunities this Fall


There are many ways you can participate in choir.  We are in need of a few more soprano and alto voices to join us weekly. We rehearse Thursdays from 7 to 8:30, and meet again Sunday morning at 8:30 to warm up and go over the 10:30 a.m. service. If a weekly commitment doesn’t feel right at this time, you are welcome to join us seasonally. In October, we will be rehearsing the beautiful Brahms Requiem from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in preparation for our choral concert on November 5th at 4 p.m. Another seasonal opportunity will come in December when it’s really special to have extra voices at Lessons and Carols and on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals for Lessons and Carols and Christmas begin on Thursday, November 30th at 7 pm.
Participation in choir is as much a spiritual discipline as it is a spiritual gift to the congregation. We hope you will consider the ways God is calling you to community life and leadership at Grace this year.

Joe Fort and the Chapel Choir of Kings College London perform at Grace

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm, former Grace Music Director Joe Fort will return to Grace.  Joe is now the choir director at King’s College, London, and they will be touring in the US this summer.  Their only stop in Boston is Grace Church.  Please plan to attend and bring your friends.

A reception will follow the concert. If you would like to contribute finger food for the reception, contact Carol McNally or Mary Swezy.

Choral Evensong benefitting Refugee Immigration Ministries

Dear Grace Church Community,

This is a special invitation to attend the service of Choral Evensong celebrating the Day of Pentecost, this Sunday at 5:30 at Grace. We will collect an offering during this service to support the work of Refugee Immigration Ministries. As you may know, this year Grace has joined a “cluster” of Newton and Brookline Jewish and Christian congregations, who are working with RIM to support asylum-seekers in our community. We may have visitors attending from the other RIM congregations, so please introduce yourself to any folks you don’t know!

In Christ,