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St Paul’s K Street is an Anglo-Catholic parish and proud member of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW), located in DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. We seek a full-time Interim Director of Music, for an initial period of twelve months; our minds are open as to how that could then evolve. This follows the recent appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Smith to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
We seek a Music Director deeply experienced in the Anglican choral tradition with excellence in organ and conducting for parish ministry. They should be in sympathy with and respectful of our Anglo-Catholic traditions and ethos, and understand the integral supporting role of organ and voice as part of our liturgical service of Jesus Christ and the mission of our parish. As organist they must have a natural aptitude for liturgical sensitivity, weaving the beauty and intricacy of Solemn Mass into a seamless whole. Working with and accountable to the Rector, they will take leadership in setting the direction of the music program in this new chapter as we move out of two years of pandemic disruption, mindful of both the need to rebuild and also the unique opportunities of this present moment.
The focal point of our common life is Sunday mornings and Holy Days. Together they must make the first and primary claim on the time, resources, endeavor, and enthusiasm of the Music Director. Our Sunday masses are currently celebrated at 9 & 10:30am. A choral mass setting (with minor propers) is offered at 10:30am, with settings ranging from the early Renaissance to commissions from contemporary and local composers. Choral Masses are also offered during the ceremonies of Holy Week, and weekday feasts throughout the year – such as Ascension, Assumption, All Saints, and All Souls. On various Holy Days (such as Palm Sunday) organ and voice are supplemented by brass or instrumentalists.
Sunday 4pm Evensong & Benediction is offered at various times throughout the year. We also offer Lessons & Carols during both Advent and Epiphany. We currently prepare for a visit from the Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, on November 30th, to celebrate the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Fr Tony Lewis. Additionally, Nuptial and Requiem Choral Masses are offered as circumstances present.
Our parish choir is a mixture of dedicated auditioned volunteers supported by 6 section leaders who sing throughout the year. Outside of summer, weekly rehearsal is held Thursday evenings. We are grateful for their skill and commitment. The Music Director will be responsible for recruiting and building up both paid and volunteer singers following the disruption of pandemic, and fostering a sense of community and integration with the parish.
In addition to the adult parish choir we currently have a small youth chorister program. Choristers are currently drawn from outside the parish, rehearse during the week, and sing on some Sunday evenings and mornings and other occasions during the year. Their training is in the style of RSCM, and develops choristers musically. The Interim Music Director will be asked to consider this program carefully, and determine if and how it could become better integrated both with Sunday mornings and the wider parish community.
The Music Director has primary responsibility for service bulletins and works closely with our Parish Coordinator in parish communications.
We are one of 12 parishes participating in EDOW’s Tending Our Soil program. This encourages study of and developing new connections with our local geographic community – in our case, heavily populated by young adults and retired professionals. We seek a Music Director with this same mindset, who can imagine mission as the heart of sacred music, as an entry point into the Sacramental life of the Church, and as means of enhancing our local visibility. In particular, there is strong interest in developing opportunities for non-auditioned volunteers and community members to sing, perhaps at various moments throughout the year.
We seek a congenial colleague, who will be a happy and fruitful addition to our staff team, who will work in partnership with the Rector, participate in dynamics of dialogue and accountability, be committed to healthy relationships and communications, and strive in all things for the flourishing of this parish and the deepening of spiritual lives. Above all, the successful candidate will see their role and our entire music program as one integral facet of the living of our Mission Statement: We seek to restore all people to God and to each other through sacramental worship and Christ-like living.
This is a full-time position with benefits. All applicants must be currently authorized to live and work in the US. Letters of interest and resumes, together with any supporting materials and examples of recordings, should be sent to the Rector, Fr. Richard Wall. Applications will be considered as they are received, with a start date preferably no later than the Feast of the Assumption, August 15th. The Rector is also available for informal conversations and questions.