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new MUSIC DIRECTOR & ORGANIST
The English-speaking congregation is seeking an interim music director and organist. This person oversees the vocal and instrumental music activities of the congregation and plays a leading role in preparing and leading its worship services. Our services feature a range of musical styles—traditional Protestant hymns; music by classical Western composers; Black American gospel, spirituals, and contemporary compositions; Christian music drawing on traditional genres from around the world; and Eastern Orthodox and Taize-style chants. In terms of music and other elements in the order of service, our services are highly liturgical with lots of musical elements, including many shorter and longer call-and-response pieces involving the choir and congregation (many are a cappella) in addition to hymns, choir anthems and organ preludes and postludes. This staff member directs the choir, which sits together as a group at worship next to the rest of the congregation (not in a separate location like the balcony). The choir, in turn, plays a leading role in congregational singing, but the congregation understands that the whole body (choir and congregation) is the overall chorus that sings in praise of God during worship.
St. Stephen’s is currently in the process of hiring a new priest-in-charge. The music director and organist position will be interim for 6 months, with the potential to become permanent after the hiring of the new priest-in-charge.