St Paul's Church
The Parish of St Paul’s serves a community accustomed to a high standard of music. We are seeking a gifted and inspirational musician and organist, someone with a passion for God, music and worship, to serve as Director of Music. Someone who will use their gifts to serve God, enhance the worshipping life and outreach of the church. Our village is blessed with several professional musicians and there is much support for music in the church. In addition to regular worship and occasional offices, there will be opportunities to arrange recitals and concerts. The church is blessed with a particularly high quality organ.
The Director of Music is a paid part-time position of employment, who:
• will be responsible and ultimately accountable to the Incumbent and PCC under the Terms and Conditions of the Working Agreement/Contract.
• will be in regular contact with the Incumbent, as Line Manager, in relation to specific weekly activities.
• will be in contact whenever necessary with all other members of staff and volunteers, in relation to queries regarding worship within the parish.
• will have a probationary performance review after three months and then annual performance reviews thereafter.
1. To play the organ for morning and evening services on Sundays at St Paul’s, according to the Church’s monthly pattern of worship, and on Feast days.
2. To provide additional accompaniment and direction during major festivals in the church calendar, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Harvest;
3. To direct the Parish choir at services, including a regular weekly rehearsal;
4. To play the organ and prepare the choir for other occasions (Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms).
5. To assist in developing and supporting informal/contemporary worship.
6. To work closely with the Incumbent and other volunteers in the selection and arrangement of music for services;
7. To oversee all administration relating to choir rehearsals and music;
8. To manage the Music budget in conjunction with the PCC Treasurer.
9. To source and teach new hymns / anthems / songs within the worshipping life of the parish;
10. To maintain and develop the existing music library;
11. To develop, encourage, nurture, and train existing and new choir members, and to implement initiatives that will help people discover and use their gifts for corporate worship;
12. To have primary care of our organ and oversight of the maintenance and tuning of all pianos and organs within the Parish.
13. To set up a Junior Choir and build it up being willing to have contact with local schools.
Required Skills and Characteristics:
1. A worshipper first and a musician second, where the focus primarily is to give glory to God through our worship
2. The ability to play the organ
3. The ability to encourage and work with people of all ages, especially young people
4. Have an awareness of the Liturgical Year
5. An openness to exploring traditional and contemporary music styles.
6. A desire and interest in developing the outreach of the church through music.
7. The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
8. A good sense of humour.
Remuneration will be in line with current RSCM guidelines on salaries and fees, however these will be negotiable based on the ability of the individual. Ideally the person appointed will be a highly qualified and experienced organist.
This appointment is subject to Enhanced with Barring for children DBS clearance. However, should you become responsible for any vulnerable adults in your role then a further relevant DBS will be requested and it will be your responsibility to inform the Incumbent of the change.
References will be obtained before the interview process commences.