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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.