Music Director/Organist Position

 Open Until filled

St. Luke’s ~ San Lucas Episcopal church is looking for a versatile, committed, energetic and enthusiastic musician to serve as Director of Music/Organist. We take immense pride and joy in our music program.

The music program is an integral part of the life of the St. Luke ~ San Lucas parish.  It is presently comprised of an adult choir of approximately 20-plus singers, a bell choir, and a small band that leads the 1 PM Spanish-speaking service.

 The church nave has rich acoustics and is illuminated by stunning contemporary stained-glass windows, along with: 1) an historic tracker-action 1890 W.K. Adams pipe organ with 2 manuals, 16 stops, and a 27-note flat, non-radiating pedal board; 2) a beautiful, well-maintained seven-foot Steinway B grand piano; 3) a 3-octave set of Petit & Fritsen Dutch handbells; a one-manual, two-stop (8’ & 4’) harpsichord; and, a separate choir and bell rehearsal room with extensive choral library, robe closets, and Knabe upright piano.

 St. Luke’s ~ San Lucas is a growing bilingual parish of the Episcopal Church in Vancouver, Washington. The Anglican Church was linked to the Pacific Northwest as early as 1825 when services using the Book of Common Prayer (1611) were held at Fort Vancouver. The congregation boasts the oldest founding date (1853) in the whole Oregon Territory, and added a full breadth of Spanish language ministry in 1998.

 

Overview:

The Music Director/Organist leads, encourages and supports the worship of the congregation and its ministry through music. The Director will demonstrate strong organ and choral conducting skills, incorporate an awareness of Episcopal liturgical and theological traditions and exemplify strong leadership and organizational abilities. General responsibilities include planning music for all worship services, including bi-lingual, in collaboration with the rector. This includes, but not limited to, the building, planning and nurturing of the Adult Choir (English language), Spanish language musicians, Jazz Vespers, Hand Bell Choir, possible children/youth choir, and special concerts and music events. The Music Director shall support the vision, goals and annual objectives of the congregation.

 

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the Rector, the Music Director/Organist provides overall leadership and support to a vibrant St. Luke’s ~ San Lucas music ministry. This position is designed to enhance worship in the Episcopal tradition of hymn, liturgy, anthems, solos and small ensembles-- choral and instrumental. The position should enrich the lives of parish members through many varieties of music and grow the music ministry by adding people to existing music groups.  Additionally, our parish is looking for opportunities to expand our music offerings to make music a sense of pride and a focal point for the greater Vancouver community.

 

Desired Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in music required. Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience as a church organist and choral director required.

Proven work history and knowledge of Episcopal liturgy.

Skilled in organ technique as well as piano/keyboard.

Working knowledge of computers and forms of technology to enhance the music experience.

Knowledge of and ability to perform a wide range of musical styles.

Familiarity with the Spanish language.

Exhibit strong administrative and organizational skills including running seasonal music series.

Ability to work flexible schedule to accommodate all services and rehearsals.

Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.

Consistently exhibit effective interpersonal communication skills.

Present a professional appearance and maintain a positive attitude.

Maintain excellence in one’s own musical skills through regular practices, study and continuing education.

 

Primary Tasks:

Plan music (choral and instrumental), liturgy and hymnody for all regular 10 AM choral eucharist worship services in collaboration with the rector; and, any special services or events, including seasonal celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost.

Plan, lead, direct, rehearse, play, and/or coordinate music for adult choir, hand bell choir, possible children/youth choir, and special services.

Submit selections for music and any electronic music scores to the office for printing in the service leaflets on the day and time requested.

Participate in staff and music committee meetings.

Arrange periodic special musical events as part of the community outreach of St. Luke’s ~ San Lucas such as concerts and interfaith music celebrations, etc.

Facilitate the development of relationships between English-speaking and Spanish-speaking parishioners through music.

Develop new music opportunities such as the re-establishment of a children/youth choir.

Provide leadership and overall coordination of efforts to improve, expand, enhance and enrich the music program at the Spanish-speaking 1 PM service.

Arrange for a substitute organist when absent.

Recruit, train and develop choir members.

Research the re-establishment of a Children/Youth Choir.

Prepare and provide oversight of the annual music program budget.

Provide a written report for the Annual Parish Report summarizing that year’s accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year.

Supervise periodic maintenance and repairs of all instruments and equipment.

The Music Director/Organist has the right of first refusal for all marriages, burials, and other special services held at the church. If the Music Director/Organist does not wish to play, he/she is responsible for finding musician(s) for these services.

 

Time and Compensation:

Half-time position, 20 hours a week, 12 months per year.

Pension plan, vacation, continuing education, sick leave, and paid holidays included.

Medical and dental insurance is prorated for this position.

 

Required Submissions:

Letter of interest and resume are required. Resumes should include education, relevant experience (including current position), skills which highlight the qualifications of the position to which the applicant is applying, and contact information for three references.

 

All communications and required written materials should be directed to: The Reverend Jaime Case, 426 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98663. The telephone is: 360-696-0181, email, Sl2.frjaime@gmail.com.

All applications are considered and reviewed. The most qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person.

Unfortunately, not all applicants will receive an interview.