Music Director Search
St. Mark’s is Hiring!
Director of Music including Organist, Keyboardist, and Choirmaster
St. Mark’s Church, an Episcopal congregation in Southborough, MA, seeks a quarter-time Director of Music. Our congregation enjoys music that lifts spirits high through familiar hymns, cherished praise songs, and the discovery of new tunes. For many years we held three services throughout the school year—two with distinct music and musicians. One of these provided praise music on a keyboard and occasional guitar, and the other offered more traditional hymns and sacred music with an adult SATB choir. On the fifth Sunday of the month throughout the year we fused these worship services together and have truly enjoyed worshipping together in a post-pandemic world.
With the recent retirement of our Organist and Choirmaster, we saw an opportunity to merge those two services together into one with a single musician that can lead us in that blended fusion we seek in our worship. Our congregation values great diversity in musical styles within the beauty of our traditional Episcopal service from hymns to spirituals and more contemporary praise music. In addition, we desire the continuation and expansion of a vibrant yet small choir. Our new director of music will embrace the opportunity to work in various musical styles to strengthen our joyful worship.
Our organ is an E. M. Skinner, Opus 716, 1928, which was rebuilt and enlarged in 2002 by the Southfield Organ Company. This work included a new solid state console and facade. The instrument is three manuals and approximately twenty-five ranks with forty-seven stops.
We are looking for a Quarter Time Director of Music (8-12 hours a week) to:
- select music for our 10 am service in consultation with the rector;
- provide music at that service
- rehearse, direct, and accompany our adult choir during the program year (currently the choir rehearses Thursdays at 7pm)
- provide music on piano or keyboard for our summer service in our parish hall
- occasionally lead a youth choir (1-2 times a year currently for a “youth Sunday”)
- attend our weekly staff meeting; and
- provide music at additional Holy Day services throughout the year.
- play the organ and keyboard with joy and passion;
- have experience as an organist at a church and in leading a choir;
- be familiar with Episcopal liturgy and hymnody;
- also be able to lead us in contemporary praise music;
- work well with others; and
- seek to bring vibrant music to a joy-filled community.
Annual salary will be between $20,000-25,000 based on experience with 4 weeks of pro-rated vacation time. Send resume, cover letter, and a link showcasing the range of your musical abilities to the Rev. Phil LaBelle firstname.lastname@example.org.