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Parish Musician

Parish Musician

Company: St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff
Contact Person: Rev. Andrew MacDonald
1512 Kingston Rd
Scarborough, Ontario

Position Description

The Parish Musician works in consultation with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge to execute and implement the musical elements of our Anglican worship and liturgy. This includes, but may not be limited to, providing music for Sunday, feast-day and pastoral worship, empowering and equipping the parish in its musical expression of our faith, and bringing their particular musical gifts along with a willingness to learn, grow, and develop as a musician. The relationship between the Parish Musician and the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge is one of the most important in the liturgical life of the parish. Together, they share a ministry that enables the faithful worship of congregation and the neighbourhood.

Position Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the Parish Musician include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating, in consultation with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge, music for Sunday worship, feast and fast days (Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Christmas, etc…); pastoral liturgies such as weddings and funerals; other deanery, area and diocesan musical events as appropriate.
  • Planning and preparation of appropriate choral and liturgical music, voluntaries, and settings, and participation in regularly scheduled worship committee meetings with the planning team.
  • Ability to play our 3-manual Artisan Classic electronic organ, and the piano. Additional instrumental abilities would be an asset.
  • Familiarity with (or a commitment to learning about) the Anglican liturgy and a flexibility with musical styles, so that music is sensitive to the Anglican tradition and its liturgical seasons.
  • Musical leadership of the parish’s group of volunteer singers, including weekly evening rehearsal times, Sunday rehearsal and service, while exercising a comfort with teaching and training in an adult context.
  • Encouraging congregational participation in the liturgies through appropriate use of repertoire and musicality (key, tempo, etc..); and other musicians when beneficial to our worship.
  • Taking primary responsibility for the church’s musical resources and budget, including upkeep of the choral room and library, choir robes, instruments, hymn books, materials.
  • In a broader sense, participating in conversations about how the musical ministry at St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff, can be grown and enlivened with the gifts we have available to us.
  • Ability to exercise good communication skills, time management practices, good humour and professional relationships within the parish.
  • Other music-related duties, that in consultation and agreement with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge, may emerge from time-to-time.

Other terms and details of the position

  • In keeping with the requirements of the Diocese of Toronto’s Covid-19 policies, all staff members and volunteers must have proof of two vaccinations or frequent negative PCR tests, and any supplementary vaccinations (boosters, etc) as may be required by this evolving policy.
  • St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff, is committed to the Diocese of Toronto’s Screening in Faith and Sexual Misconduct policies. This position is categorized as high-risk and requires a criminal record check, and completion of the diocesan sexual misconduct policy training to be completed as terms of employment.
  • This position is vacant at this time: employment may commence at your earliest opportunity.
  • Compensation to be determined based on experience and expertise, and in accordance with RCCO guidelines as applicable. Vacation time to be agreed upon, with blackout periods during high feasts and festivals.

Application Details

If this position is of interest to you, your application or inquiries are welcome!

Please submit your CV, along with a maximum of three samples of your work (YouTube videos or audio attachments) to by January 21, 2022.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Posted: December 29, 2021 | Expires: January 22, 2022
Posted Under: Pastoral - Music
Career ID: [ 9808 ]