Are you a seasoned church musician, leader and collaborator with a passion for nurturing the role of music in the spiritual life of congregations and communities? Are you seeking a dynamic position in a very active organization working in a large urban centre?
If so, consider our full-time permanent opportunity to join the Ministry Team guiding Metropolitan United Church (MET) as Director of Music and Organist.
MET is a leader cathedral church within the United Church of Canada, with a 200-year history of excellence in preaching, music, community outreach and congregational care in downtown Toronto. We are a large, affirming, progressive and inclusive congregation of all ages from the local area and far beyond. MET has a strong, lay-led culture. Our rich and diverse music program is anchored by historic instruments of national importance, by adult, youth and children’s choirs and other musical groups, and features a variety of worship settings, public concerts, theatrical and other events, and community activities.
The Director of Music works as a member of our Ministry Team and community model to empower members and adherents to serve God and achieve our vision for the third century. This position is responsible for providing musical and pastoral leadership and working collaboratively with the ministers, staff, lay leaders, and volunteers to build an ever-stronger faith community that is uplifted by its music.
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Community of Faith: Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Position Title: Director of Music and Organist
Position Profile: This is a full-time position as a member of the Ministry Team that also includes the Minister of Worship & Faith Formation and the Minister of Congregational Care & Outreach.
Deadline for applications: We are accepting applications for this position until January 31, 2022 or until a suitable applicant is found.
Start date: To be negotiated – earliest start date is April 20, 2022 and latest is September 1, 2022.
Metropolitan United Church (“MET”), a cathedral church in the downtown core, is an affirming, progressive and inclusive congregation of approximately 600 members and adherents from the local area and afar. The Director of Music and Organist works as a member of the Ministry Team and with the Director of Administration to build upon MET’s 200-year history of excellence in preaching, music, community outreach and congregational care. Each individual has defined roles and responsibilities, with this position having responsibility for providing musical leadership and maintaining the availability of high-quality music at MET, both for worship and public presentation. This position works collaboratively with the other ministers, staff, lay leaders, and volunteers to build an ever-stronger faith community that is lifted up by its music.
MET has a strong, lay-led culture, and the Director of Music and Organist works within that community model to empower members and adherents to serve God and achieve our vision for the third century. There are four program Pillars in MET’s governance structure.
The Pillars are:
1. Spiritual Learning for Life
2. Integrated Arts
3. Congregational Care
The Director of Music and Organist is aligned with the Integrated Arts Pillar.
The Director of Music and Organist is accountable to the Official Board and his or her performance will be reviewed regularly by the Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee.
Decision-making at MET is mostly collaborative, apart from the duties managed by a single individual. As a result, the success of the Ministry Team is a function of its members’ complementary skills, experience and styles, and of the quality of relationships among those members and the broader church staff team.
Principal Areas of Responsibility and Associated Duties
Provide leadership for the ministry of music and the music program including determination of the direction and priorities of the music ministry in collaboration with congregational leaders.
Worship and pastoral role
Choirs and musical groups
Special musical events
Care of MET’s historic instruments
o the organ (1930, 5 manual Casavant organ with 7900+ pipes in the Chancel and 400 pipes in the gallery)
o carillon (54-bell historic carillon, the first tuned carillon in North America)
o pianos (Steinway baby grand, Wagner baby grand and several uprights)
o handbells (3-octave Schulmerich handbells and hand chimes)
o music library (large choral library with over 1000 titles, plus large collection of cantatas/oratorios and orchestral parts)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Other Preferred Assets
Salary and benefits