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Christ Church Deer Park, Toronto, ON

30 October 2023 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Christ Church Deer Park is looking for a new Director of Music.

A more detailed description of this position can be found on the website of Christ Church Deer Park at https://christchurchdeerpark.org/job-openings/


Overview of Position

  • ·         Position: Director of Music, Christ Church Deer Park
  • ·         Hours: Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week
  • ·         Compensation: Based on RCCO Guidelines and as Negotiated
  • ·         Reports to: Incumbent and Churchwardens
  • ·         Start Date: Earliest Opportunity

 

Christ Church Deer Park

Christ Church Deer Park, situated at 1570 Yonge Street in the Yonge & St. Clair area of Toronto, is a beautiful and historic Anglican church.  The Parish of Christ Church Deer Park is a diverse, warm, approachable and committed community with uplifting and inspiring liturgies, that create an atmosphere of peace and provide a genuine experience of worship and communion.  Christ Church Deer Park has three liturgies each Sunday morning; Jazz Vespers, a monthly service offered by professional jazz ensembles; and Church on Tap, a monthly contemporary and inclusive worship service. We also observe the rhythms of the Church’s calendar, with special attention given to Christmas and Easter.

 

Music at Christ Church Deer Park

Christ Church Deer Park has a long and respected tradition of exceptional music that is woven into the fabric of our liturgical life and very much serves and inspires the worship experience. Christ Church Deer Park is both a singing congregation and a congregation of discerning listeners. Over the past few years, we have tried to provide a clear distinction between the types of music available at each liturgy and look to the Director of Music to weave different genres of music into the life of the Church. The Choir of Christ Church Deer Park is accompanied either on our three-manual tracker organ (Karl Wilhelm, 1982) - one of only three trackers in Toronto - which is the visual centre of the chancel beyond the altar, or on a baby grand piano that sits in the middle of the chancel.

 

The Position of Director of Music 
  • ·         Christ Church Deer Park has three worship services each Sunday: an 8:00 am Holy Eucharist service that is spoken only and has no music component; a 9:15 am Holy Eucharist service that is a contemporary service and has musicians dedicated to providing music for that service; and a 10:30 Choral Eucharist where the Director of Music is expected to play.

  • ·         While the Director of Music is responsible for providing leadership for the music ministry at Christ Church Deer Park (which includes the 9:15 worship service each Sunday), the primary focus of the Director of Music will be on the 10:30 am Sunday liturgy where the Director of Music will play, conduct the choir, paid leads and other musicians, as required; This ministry will also include encouraging congregational singing and musical participation; and offering solo pieces on the organ and the piano.

  • ·         The Director of Music works in close consultation with the Incumbent, to execute and implement the musical elements of our Anglican worship and liturgy,  In addition to the 10:30 am Sunday worship service, the Director of Music will be responsible for providing music for the major festivals within the Christian calendar, and other liturgical events from time to time that require music, including researching musical styles, both traditional and contemporary, and selecting appropriate anthems, hymns, and songs for choir and congregation. 
  • ·         The Director of Music is responsible for the recruitment of new members to the choir, for mentoring the choir and exercising a comfort with teaching and training in an adult context. Directing and leading the choir includes weekly evening rehearsal, Sunday rehearsal and playing the 10:30 am Sunday service. 
  • ·         The Director of Music is expected to have familiarity with the Anglican liturgy, the Anglican tradition and its liturgical seasons as well as a flexibility with various other musical styles. Pastoral sensitivity to the diversity of the congregation is also important.
  • ·         The Director of Music is expected to have excellent leadership, teaching, communication and collaboration skills and have a broad range of musical talent and knowledge.  Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills are required as well as a demonstrated ability to work in an open, honest, and approachable manner.
  • ·         This is a part-time position, with an average of approximately 20 hours per week. 

Specific Qualifications
 
  • ·         Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree of Music or Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) diploma
  • ·         Membership in the RCCO is preferred
  • ·         Experience in directing choral music
  • ·         Ability to proficiency in various styles of music on the organ and piano

 
Other Terms and Details

  • ·         Employment may commence at your earliest opportunity
  • ·         Compensation and terms to be determined based on academic credentials, years of experience and weekly time invested in the position in accordance with RCCO guidelines and as agreed between the successful applicant and Christ Church Deer Park
  • ·         A live audition, which would include interacting with selected members of the Christ Church Deer Park choir, will be required for applicants moving forward in the process

 

Submit your Application

If this position is of interest to you, please submit your resume and cover letter to Amanda Jagt, the Director of Parish Operations at Christ Church Deer Park at ajagt@christchurchdeerpark.org by November 27, 2023.

Inquiries about the position are also welcome.  Please call Amanda Jagt, the Director of Parish Operations at Christ Church Deer Park (416-920-5211 ext. 22) and she will put you in contact with the Chair of the Search Committee for a new Director of Music at Christ Church Deer Park.  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. 


October 30, 2023

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists

20 St Joseph St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

Contact
Phone: 416.929.6400
Email: info[at]rcco.ca
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The Royal Canadian College of Organists

20 St Joseph St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9


Contact
Téléphone : 416.929.6400
Courriel : info[
à]rcco.ca

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