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July 20, 2018
Organist/Accompanist opportunity in Halifax …
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Halifax is seeking an Organist/Accompanist beginning in the late summer. 

Below is a detailed job description. All applications must be submitted to rector, Fr. John Williams, by Friday August 03.

The successful candidate for Organist/Accompanist at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica understands that this is a Catholic faith community. The purpose of the position is the support of liturgical, choral, and congregational participation. Music is selected by the Choir Director appropriate to the liturgy of each Sunday worship service and other seasonal services. The Cathedral Organ is a 3 Manual Casavant, which is located in the rear gallery. It is in fine condition.

All liturgies are subject to the approval of the Rector. Choir rehearsals are one evening weekly (September through June) and participation in the 4PM Saturday liturgy and 10:30 Sunday liturgy, arriving by 9:30AM for choir warm up on Sunday.

Educational and Experience Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Piano or Organ Performance preferred
  • Minimum one year experience accompanying groups and/or individuals, including working with/following the direction of a choral conductor/director
  • Strong sight-reading skills, including playing open-score
  • Experience working in a faith organization will be considered an asset

This is a part-time contract role, approximately 5 hours per week, with the opportunity to play for weddings, funerals and other special services.

To apply for this position, please send a detailed resume which includes musical education and performance and 3 references with contact information and salary requirements.

The application process should also include a cover letter which outlines your ability and willingness to work for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth and your experience with a faith organization.

Apply to: jsmith@halifaxyarmouth.org
Deadline: Friday August 3, 2018
Please Note: The successful applicant must agree to provide a Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Search


The
Church of St. Margaret of Scotland is a dynamic, inclusive and welcoming Anglican church, with members of all ages, located in Halifax’s North End. We are seeking a Music Director who is excited at the prospect of making a meaningful contribution to the spiritual life of a vibrant faith community.

The Music Director’s core duties will be to

  • accompany hymns and service music on the organ and/or piano on Sunday mornings and at occasional special services, and to play preludes and postludes;
  • direct, and develop our small but enthusiastic choir.

The successful candidate will

  • develop the choir, leading weekly practices, and teaching vocal production, musical expression (tuning, dynamics, diction etc.), gradually introducing part-singing and music reading, and preparing anthems at least monthly;
  • collaborate with the Rector in choosing hymns and other service music. The hymns should reflect the readings of the day and their place in the liturgy, and both respect and develop the congregation’s repertoire;
  • be comfortable working in a broad range of musical genres, from classical to contemporary.

Familiarity with Anglican liturgy and hymnody would be a distinct asset. Other asset qualifications include

  • the ability to develop and direct a contemporary music ensemble to lead the service once a month,
  • the ability to develop and lead a junior choir which, would practice weekly and perform monthly, and
  • the willingness and ability to put on occasional concerts and musical fund-raisers, possibly involving additional singers and/or musicians from outside the parish.

It is understood that the Music Director will need to spend adequate time planning the music program and rehearsing. The organ is a two manual electronic Rogers C-505. The piano is a recent model Yamaha upright. Remuneration is negotiable, taking into consideration the RCCO scale.

Candidates are asked to submit a covering letter and a CV.

For further information or to apply, please contact The Rev. Canon Charles Bull, at charlesbull97@gmail.com or 902-455-2451.

Closing date for applications: April 15, 2018.

 

March 14, 2018
Music Director opportunity in Halifax …

The Church of St. Margaret of Scotland is a dynamic, inclusive and welcoming Anglican church, with members of all ages, located in Halifax’s North End. We are seeking a Music Director who is excited at the prospect of making a meaningful contribution to the spiritual life of a vibrant faith community.

The Music Director’s core duties will be to

  • accompany hymns and service music on the organ and/or piano on Sunday mornings and at occasional special services, and to play preludes and postludes;
  • direct, and develop our small but enthusiastic choir.

The successful candidate will

  • develop the choir, leading weekly practices, and teaching vocal production, musical expression (tuning, dynamics, diction etc.), gradually introducing part-singing and music reading, and preparing anthems at least monthly;
  • collaborate with the Rector in choosing hymns and other service music. The hymns should reflect the readings of the day and their place in the liturgy, and both respect and develop the congregation’s repertoire;
  • be comfortable working in a broad range of musical genres, from classical to contemporary.

Familiarity with Anglican liturgy and hymnody would be a distinct asset. Other asset qualifications include

  • the ability to develop and direct a contemporary music ensemble to lead the service once a month,
  • the ability to develop and lead a junior choir which, would practice weekly and perform monthly, and
  • the willingness and ability to put on occasional concerts and musical fund-raisers, possibly involving additional singers and/or musicians from outside the parish.

It is understood that the Music Director will need to spend adequate time planning the music program and rehearsing. The organ is a two manual electronic Rogers C-505. The piano is a recent model Yamaha upright. Remuneration is negotiable, taking into consideration the RCCO scale.

Candidates are asked to submit a covering letter and a CV.

For further information or to apply, please contact The Rev. Canon Charles Bull, at charlesbull97@gmail.com or 902-455-2451.

Closing date for applications: April 15, 2018.

January 19, 2018
Music Director/Organist opportunity in Halifax …

Wanted: Music Director and organist for Fort Massey United Church, corner of Queen and Tobin Street in Halifax, NS

Skills needed: Experience in training and conducting choirs of varying sizes and abilities, and ability to play the pipe organ. Strong interpersonal and keyboarding skills are important.

Full job description 

Fort Massey is a friendly church that welcomes a variety of music styles.

Please send a covering letter and resume to the Search Committee, c/o alisonmcdonald22@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: Feb. 14, 2018.

March, 2017
A note from Colin Walsh of Acadia Pipe Organs …
Greetings,
As you may know, I have established a new business in HRM to provide local pipe organ services to the Maritime provinces. Please take a moment to visit our website to see if we can be of any assistance to you and your church.

The site is still being developed and is updated on a very regular basis, so please check back for new information and events.

I would appreciate any feedback as to your thoughts on how to improve it to be of better service to the church community.

Thank you in advance, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Colin Walsh
Acadia Pipe Organs.