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Minister of Music (Singer) (PT) – Episcopal News Service

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church is looking for a singer serve as minister of music alongside our pianist. The Minister of Music will work with the priest, our pianist and the choir to lead the congregation in song during the service. An ideal candidate will have:

  1. a desire to help people seek, love and serve God
  2. charisma and energy for public leadership and an emphasis on helping the whole congregation sing
  3. solid musical background and good vocal knowledge and skills
  4. good communication skills
  5. the ability to work in a team
  6. experience with church music
  7. ability to conduct with an instrument would be a strong asset but is not mandatory

As St. Augustine’s is an ethnically diverse church that has attracted people of different faiths, the best candidates will be too have familiarity and comfort with a range of music. Our services most often feature common hymns in the great Episcopal and Anglican tradition as well as hymns and spirituals from the African-American tradition. The most frequently performed hymns are The Anthem 1982; Wonder, Love and Praise; Raise every voice and sing II; and The African American Heritage Anthem. We also wish to incorporate music from other hymns, particularly from the African-American Catholic musical tradition and American Methodist traditions. Additionally, contemporary music such as gospel, worship and praise, Taize and Iona Community songs, rounds and other music will be featured on occasion. The choir also prepares offertory hymns.

This position will be part-time: the Minister of Music will work from 8:30 a.m. to around 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, and will also have to set aside time during the week to prepare and practice. The Minister of Music will also serve on major Christian holidays, primarily during Holy Week and Christmas Eve. Additional special services may also be introduced.

The Minister of Music will initially receive $200 per service for preparation, pre-service rehearsal and directing our singing during the service – with additional compensation to be negotiated if an instrumental contribution is also made. Our hope is to increase and expand the role – and therefore the compensation – in the futureas we improve and expand our music program.

St. Augustine’s is an interracial church committed to the fight against white supremacy, and we affirm the full equality of all LGBTQ people. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are especially encouraged to apply for this position.

Those interested in the position should send a resume to the priest in charge of the Reverend Scott Lipscomb, at priest@staugustinesdc.org.

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