DIRECTOR OF MUSIC / ORGANIST Job Vacancy

Exciting opportunity for a new DIRECTOR OF MUSIC / ORGANIST

Music is an integral part of the life of St Mark’s and we’re now looking for someone to work creatively with us to develop and further expand our ministry.

We are a vibrant, inclusive and growing church of all ages. We hope that our new Director of Music will play a full part in the life of this community.

The post is currently funded for 8 hours per week at RSCM rates.  There may be the potential for increasing these hours depending on the skills offered by the successful applicant.

For an informal conversation please contact the Vicar, The Revd Sue Hammersley on 0114 266 0260.

Closing date for applications: Friday 7 September 2018 Shortlisting will follow immediately but interviews may not take place until early October.

A bit about us…

St Mark’s is a diverse, lively and growing church, known for its inclusive approach to theology and its engagement with contemporary society and social justice.  We have a strong tradition of quality music drawn from many different traditions and we are keen to develop this further.

We know that we are in a period of transition with an ageing, but very able, choir and a growing group of young children.  We have several gifted singers and instrumentalists within the congregation who would be willing to be involved occasionally but not every week.

The music at the 10am Service on Sundays is led by the choir: hymns, Eucharistic setting, an anthem and occasional chants.  We enjoy a variety of styles and traditions including pieces written by members of the congregation.

At 8pm every Sunday we hold Night Service, mainly lay-led with a monthly Communion Service, one Sunday a month is a Taizé Service and every other month there’s sung Compline.  There are opportunities for instrumentalists to accompany worship and there is scope for development, with several people willing to be involved, including an informal Gospel Choir.  The attendance at this Service is fairly fluid which keeps it fresh but can make rotas difficult to organise.

There are Services at 4pm a couple of times a month which currently resource themselves musically but it’s good to have a pianist available.

Our Christmas and Easter choral Services both follow a pattern of readings and music, biblical texts and contemporary words interspersed with a variety of musical pieces.

St Mark’s tends to have a small number of occasional offices throughout the year (average 5 weddings, 10 funerals, 3 baptisms).

We believe there is scope to develop our interaction with the local community, for instance with “Come and Sing” events, which might be self-funding but we don’t anticipate this being possible within the hours currently being advertised.

Our previous Director of Music left at the end of July to progress in his career combining teaching in Manchester with the post of singing tutor to the choirs at Liverpool Cathedral.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who wants to play an active role in the life of this church community and who brings a wide range of musical skills and gifts to complement and develop those of existing members of the church.

The following gifts and skills are essential:

  • Ability to play the organ to a high standard and accompany congregational singing;
  • Previous experience as a choir trainer and conductor;
  • The desire and ability to work well with others;
  • Flexibility and creativity;
  • Familiarity with a wide range of church music.

We are looking for someone who will:

  • Oversee all provision of music at St Mark’s;
  • Rehearse and develop the church choir;
  • Plan music for the 10am Service in collaboration with clergy and work alongside the musicians who support Night Service;
  • Play an active part in taking care of our instruments.

There is plenty of scope for this role to broaden, in consultation with the clergy team and the PCC.  For example,

  • Encouraging the participation of other musicians, within the congregations and the wider community;
  • Developing opportunities for one-off musical events based at St Mark’s;
  • Making connections with music departments in local schools;
  • Developing the use of the building for concerts and other musical events, for example, during the Broomhill Festival.

We’re not expecting one individual to do all this in the hours we are currently funding!  So we are looking for someone who will help us to realistically shape this role and consider imaginative ways of increasing the provision of funds.

We are looking for someone who see the potential for music here at St Mark’s and work alongside others to see it fulfilled.  We do believe that this is an exciting opportunity for the right person, so we invite interested candidates to write and tell us:

  • What attracts you to this role?
  • What skills do you bring, and how would you see yourself using them here?
  • How could you see music developing at St Mark’s?

If you are interested in this opportunity then we are interested in hearing from you.

CANDIDATES SHOULD WRITE TO

Revd Sue Hammersley, The Vicarage, 4 St Mark’s Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2SG

Enclosing your CV and 2 referees.

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