Reports To: Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland Location: 114 Montecito Ave, Oakland, CA. 94610
Employment status: Part time, employed Salary: Range $32,000-$40,000 / year plus benefits. Opportunity for growth with program expansion.
Music is an integral part of the life of this parish. Under the leadership of the clergy, the Music Director exercises an important ministry that involves the staff, choir, all members of the congregation, and the community.
The Director will serve as a pastor, educator, and principal musician for this parish. The Director will teach music and liturgy as necessary, prepare the choir, curate the musical experience for the entire congregation, steward St. Paul’s excellence in sacred music performance, and creatively expand our musical offerings to reflect the diversity of our Parish.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the clergy with preparation of the liturgy
Select music for worship services
Assist in preparation of the bulletin (song references, lyrics, notational graphics)
Play the organ* and direct the choir
Sunday morning, 10 am (choir sings September through mid-June), year round
Evensong 4 pm first Sunday of the month (October-June)
Compline 8 pm fourth Sunday of the month
Holy Days including but not limited to Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Wednesday of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil
Provide organ* and choral music, if requested, for Weddings and Funerals, pending Music Director’s availability
Provide organ* and choral music for additional services not listed above, pending Director’s availability
Rehearse the choir as needed, schedule TBD
Hire and manage section leaders
Hire substitute or other musicians as needed for special services
Engage with the congregation at large to promote knowledge of and practice of singing our sacred music
Purchase music and other supplies as needed, within budget
Oversee the orderly maintenance of choir room, music library and choir vestments
Comply with relevant copyright laws
Oversee maintenance of Church’s musical instruments
Participate in annual budgeting process
Support the Friends of Music Ministry which fosters engagement and coordinates with outside musical groups that use the Church’s space for performance
Within first year of hire, assess and report to the vestry the feasibility of a youth music program
Abide by the American Guild of Organists Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Standards
Comply with Diocesan Whole and Healthy Church compendium of policies and procedures that protect the community.
Comply with St. Paul’s personnel policies including vaccination against COVID19.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Experienced choral director
Deep knowledge of church music. Familiarity with the Episcopal liturgy is preferred.
Strong commitment to the work of fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in our music program
Knowledge of a variety of musical cultures and styles
Foster a creative and respectful environment that encourages participation and builds musicians and the program.
Recruit, train and retain volunteer singers.
Proven pastoral, leadership and administrative abilities
Familiarity with Finale, Sibelius or other notation software
Proficiency in reading music, writing musical notation and transposition
Collaborative, big picture thinker able to partner with others to expand musical offerings at St. Paul’s
Preferred Education, Experience and Credentials
Advance study of choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and organ.*
Minimum of two years of leadership in directing church music, preferably at a liturgical church
Experience in directing music in a wide range of musical styles
* Our strong preference is for a choir director-organist, and organ proficiency should be consistent with our instrument. Will consider separating the two roles under the right circumstances, with a commensurate adjustment in salary. If the position is split, the music director must be a skilled pianist, sufficient to accompany the choir during rehearsal.
Candidates for the position should submit the following no later than July 31, 2022:
A letter of introduction
Complete curriculum vitae, including a record of formal education, training in music, and employment history, including employers and positions
Digital examples of organ performance
Names and contact information for three professional references