Director of Music Ministry
St. Mark’s is a faith-filled, dynamic, resourced congregation that loves sacred music. We seek to call a Director of Music Ministry to lead us, to work with us, and to bring our music ministry to the next level. We believe that with the right leadership our music ministry can be bigger and better, with broader offerings that build up the body of Christ and attract more people to a deeper faith. In particular, we seek an experienced church musician, a person of faith with a joyful disposition, and a leader with a heart for inspiring people of all ages through sacred music. We desire an excellent choral conductor who is a skilled teacher, a gifted organist, and a strong administrator. We want someone who has a heart for children and youth. We hope for someone who has creative vision and an entrepreneurial spirit who enjoys working in collaboration with clergy, staff, and parishioners. We look forward to getting to know your particular gifts, which may be working with young people’s choirs or planning concert series or creating chant choirs.
As the Director of Music Ministry you will:
Design and implement the music program
Select, play and conduct liturgical music
Oversee (and perhaps lead) music programs for children and youth following the Royal School of Church Music program
Nourish, train, support and lead choirs and instrumental musicians
Develop and implement long-term plans for program vitality, in concert with the Rector and other parish leaders
Collaborate as an engaged and enthusiastic member of our staff to support and promote music ministry within the congregation and community
Continue to grow as a professional musician, educator and liturgical leader through practice, continuing education, and spiritual development
The liturgy at St. Mark’s follows the Book of Common Prayer and falls into the broad Episcopal Church tradition. There are three services on Sundays: an 8AM Eucharist (Rite I); a 10AM Eucharist (Rite II) with choir; and a contemplative 5PM Eucharist (with no music).
St. Mark’s has a strong musical history grounded in the Anglican tradition. We currently have an Adult Choir of roughly 30 volunteer members (and 4 paid section leaders) who sing each Sunday. Our two children’s choirs, The Joyful Noyze (ages 4 to second grade) and the Boy and Girl Choristers (third grade to sixth grade) sing intermittently at services and for special occasions. We also possess five octaves of handbells from the White Chapel Bell Foundry in England and would like to reinvigorate our hand bell choir. In past years, we have enjoyed a Youth Choir and a Taize service. We currently celebrate Evensong on average three times per year and annually perform selected parts of Handel’s Messiah in early December. During the past ten years, the St. Mark’s Choir has been a Choir-in-Residence for three English cathedrals: Norwich, Chester and Truro.
The Sanctuary and Organ
Built in 1961, St. Mark’s is a mid-century modern building with a nave that soars to 48 feet. It seats 650 people and has wonderful musical acoustics.
The organ is an excellent instrument. It is a three-manual, five-division pipe organ that was built for St. Mark’s in 1961 by Austin Organs Inc., of Hartford, Connecticut and substantially renovated and re-voiced in 2013. For a more detailed description and information about the restoration, visit: www.stmarksnewcanaan.org/go-deeper/music/organ-and-carillon. It is centrally located behind the reredos and housed in black walnut. Radiating from this central console position are the stepped rows of choir pews. The reredos, which for all practical purposes is acoustically transparent, veils the choir loft from the nave.
The People and Ministry of St. Mark’s
St. Mark’s is a faithful and energetic parish of 1,400 members with an Average Sunday Attendance of 300, (plus a live stream audience). We are pursuing our mission to “go and make disciples who live a deeper life in Christ, a more holy communion with one another, and a greater love for the world.” We have a foundational commitment to music as integral to faith and worship.
We are growing in number and Spirit, getting younger, and increasing in attendance. We are pursuing new approaches to outreach and mission. We are a healthy, loving community. We have what we call the World’s Greatest Coffee Hour, where we enjoy fellowship across all generations.
These are exciting times for St. Mark’s. We are in the midst of a parish-wide Spiritual Vitality Initiative. Our goal is for all who enter our doors to grow spiritually and for our parish to become a greater center for spiritual vitality that transcends our current boundaries. Enhanced music ministry will no doubt play a part in this.
St. Mark’s is located in southwest Connecticut, 42 miles from New York City. Within walking distance of the church, a Metro-North commuter train runs from the town to Grand Central Station in Manhattan.
St. Mark’s offers a competitive compensation package including:
Four weeks annual vacation
Retirement plan with additional matching contribution
Full medical, dental, and vision benefits
Professional development allowance
We invite you to reach out to us….
Please send your cover letter, resume and link to a recent performance or recording to email@example.com to begin a conversation with us. Kindly include “Director of Music Ministry” and your last name in the subject line. In your cover letter, include your thoughts on why you would be a good fit for this calling and our community. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. May God bless you.