Open Position At St. Alban’s

New Music Director – An Invitation to Applicants Half-time Position Open St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Cape Elizabeth, Maine
At the announcement of the retirement of a much-loved leader of two decades, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine has opened a search for a new Director of Music. We are a vibrant, multi-generational parish just outside Portland (and a short two hours from Boston). We love sacred music of all sorts and plan to continue to nourish this love in our community, where worship is the beginning and the heart of our life.
We are a 100 year-old parish, one of the largest in Maine, led by thoughtful and fully engaged clergy, staff, lay leaders and deeply committed members. A recent vestry reflection led us to describe ourselves as Joyful, Thankful, Useful, and Hopeful.  And a recent parish-wide endeavor committed us to a program we’ve labeled, Enriching our Worship, which acknowledges the centrality of our gathering for prayer, thanksgiving, preaching, teaching, sacraments and sacred music of all sorts. We hold to a generously spirited Christianity that speaks of God’s love for all of creation. It’s our place to help build a community of love that’s as small as our towns and as large as the world itself.
We are seeking a creative and talented Music Director who yearns to be part of such a community: someone who loves music, plays the organ well, and who is experienced in and excited by the possibilities of leading a volunteer church choir (which we hope to grow) and bell choir. We seek a person who will help us to nurture our strong congregational singing, and we have a keen interest in developing a children’s choir at some future time. We are a spirited community that worships in an inviting, broad church style each Sunday morning. St. Alban’s also offers a beautiful, well attended and reflective Celtic Eventide service with a rotation of instrumentalists. Currently, the music director does not guide this offering. We have a well-stocked, well organized music library.  
The parish has just begun a discernment on the commissioning of a new pipe organ, the outcome of which has not yet been determined. But, candidates with interest in and capacity for being part of this potential and exciting project are welcome.
The candidate must either have experience with Episcopal liturgy and Anglican music, or the clear capacity and willingness to grow into this great tradition. Other musical sources and styles are of great interest to the parish, as well.  The position is half-time and salaried, approximately 20 hours per week. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and education. We offer two weeks of paid vacation annually. Our music director has been and will continue be an integral part of our parish life, participating with and enjoying the support and affection of clergy, staff, choirs and lay leaders. The choirs do not rehearse in the summer. During these weeks, t he music director will lead hymnody and provide organ preludes and postludes, as well as service music. Wedding and funeral responsibilities will be compensated in addition to the competitive salary. During vacation breaks, the music director will arrange organists from a parish pool of volunteers and paid organists.  Our sanctuary capacity is approximately 250 and enjoys wonderful acoustics, modest but beautiful furnishings and light, making it a good place for choral and congregational singing, organ performance, and the occasional concert. Our pipe organ is a functioning three-manual Berkshire. We also have two pianos and call on occasional instrumental soloists.  We are a parish that cherishes the essential character of congregational worship and the importance of vibrant music ministry. We will be actively and warmly engaged with the new Music Director as our program is refreshed and grown. And we will at all levels support his or her personal growth as a musician.  We pray this exciting position interests you, or a musician you know, and that you’ll be in touch.  The Rev. Timothy A. Boggs Applications are now being received. The position will remain open until a candidate has been retained for this important post. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Standard

Job Description

Position:      Music Director Reports to:  Rector     

The Music Director is responsible for building, sustaining and leading the choral and instrumental music offerings of the church. Collaborating with the Rector, the Music Director will strive to enrich the worship of all ages, using both Anglican/Episcopal traditions and other diverse sources that will enliven and delight worship.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities-The Music Director will:

  • Lead worship music from the organ for one Sunday morning service
  • Lead the Chancel Choir, a volunteer ensemble of adults, in worship
  • Lead the adult Handbell Choir
  • Schedule and direct regular rehearsals with both choirs
  • Collaborate with the clergy in the selection of worship music  
  • Provide and proofread music content for weekly worship bulletins
  • Prepare with clergy special seasonal worship experiences
  • Participate in weekly all-staff meetings
  • Meet periodically with Music Committee
  • Select and rehearse soloists & other guest musicians, as needed & approved
  • Lead a fresh parish discernment process focused on children’s music
  • Be available for funerals and weddings (additional compensation)
  • Maintain with volunteer help the music library
  • Comply with organizational policies found in the Employee Manual
  • Perform other standard tasks as needed and mutually agreed

Essential Qualifications-The successful candidate will:

  • Play the organ skillfully
  • Lead effective choir rehearsals
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills
  • Attend well to the many details of administering a music program
  • Exhibit strong oral and written communication skills
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Give evidence of sound judgment
  • Communicate effectively with clergy, choir, staff and other church volunteers
  • Possess essential computer skills (MS Word, etc.) & competency with the Internet

Physical demands and work environment The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Use computer for documentation and communication
  • Use telephone for spoken communication with parish
  • Sedentary position, must be able to lift 20 lb. carton

Schedule of Employment

  1. This is a half-time position of 20 hours per week, to be arranged with the Rector in a mutually agreeable manner.

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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
885 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-4014