“My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” Psalm 57:7
For nearly a century, music has been the crown jewel that feeds our hearts in worship at the Parish of the Epiphany; it speaks to us at the root of our souls. Our music program boasts a long-standing reputation of musical excellence that continues to serve God, our Parish, Winchester, and the greater Boston Community with a rich variety of offerings — all within the Anglican tradition. In fact, many people tell us they were initially drawn to the Parish of the Epiphany because of the quality of our music and worship!
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The Parish Choir is comprised of highly committed volunteer singers, supported by a small number of professional staff singers, who offer the finest choral music in the Anglican tradition. Drawing from many periods in history and honoring current-day composers, we focus on music’s unique place in liturgy. We are a warm, friendly group, constantly striving for excellence, who are decidedly committed to serving Christ and our community with our musical offerings in regular rehearsal and worship.
The Parish Choir rehearses throughout the school year (September – May) on Thursday Evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and sings at the 10:00am service as well as at choral evensong, funerals, and feast days. During the summer months of June, July and August we suspend Thursday rehearsals, but continue to sing in the form of a summer ‘pickup’ choir.
Singing Opportunities for Children and Youth:
Anyone in grades 3 through 12 is welcome to join us as a chorister. We rehearse on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm and sing with the adults one to two Sundays a month. Thursday rehearsals are followed by dinner at 6:30 where parents and siblings are encouraged to join us.
High school singers are invited to join us on Sundays at 11:45 during Lent for a short 30 minute rehearsal. We will be working on an anthem that we will sing for the Easter Vigil.
Elementary school singers are invited to join us in the chapel at 11:15 on Sundays during Lent for a time of singing.
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Assistant Director of Music and Organist
Summary of the Position
The Assistant Director of Music and Organist will be a ten hour per week position. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Director of Music and Organist in all aspects of the church’s music ministry, including assisting with playing for worship services and assisting with conducting the Parish Choir. The Assistant Director of Music and Organist reports to the Director of Music and Organist, and works in collaboration with the rest of the program and administrative staff.
We seek a professional musician who has skills as an organist and/or choir director. The Assistant Director of Music and Organist will help encourage and develop robust congregational singing, demonstrate familiarity with and regard for all the hymnals and music resources of the Episcopal Church, and convey a passion for the breadth of Anglican liturgy and music. The music program at the Parish of the Epiphany is a vital pillar of our common life, and has a decades-long tradition of serving God, the people of the Parish, and the wider community.
The Assistant Director of Music and Organist must be proficient in keyboard music such as hymns, liturgy, and anthem accompaniments. Candidates should have an interest in Christianity and an understanding of the Episcopal/Anglican ethos. Candidate should possess the ability to work collegially with musicians, artists, and other leaders, and to serve as a “team player” in a church setting.
This is ten hour/week position with additional hours/responsibilities available based on interest and experience. Four of the ten hours would be on Sundays from 8am until noon. There will also be occasional Thursday or Saturday rehearsals and occasional Evensong services on Sunday afternoons. The Assistant Director of Music and Organist will share an office and choir rehearsal space with the Director of Music and Organist. Administrative support from office staff, as well as volunteers, is provided. The facilities of the Parish of the Epiphany are available for private music instruction, subject to the Parish’s church program and building use calendar.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation commensurate with experience.
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