Posted by on 06/27/2018 in Religion
Music Director

Music Director

All Saints' Episcopal Church
634 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA

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Open Position: Music Director

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is a large, inclusive and welcoming community of faith in the heart of Atlanta, and is distinguished by its long-standing commitment to excellence in music.  Following the retirement of Ray Chenault after 43 years of dedicated music leadership, All Saints’ is seeking an outstanding leader and highly talented individual to serve as Music Director and lead all elements of our music ministries into the future as we seek as a church to extend our reach to the city around us.

Music Ministries Today

Adult Choir: Music ministries at All Saints’ are vibrant and of the highest quality across the age ranges, with  five choirs. The parish adult choir consists of over forty choristers, both volunteer and paid, and all auditioned.  It has sung at national music conventions, the Washington National Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival, and has commissioned, recorded and premiered over twenty-five choral works. It sings the highest caliber of Anglican and other music and performs a wide repertoire from Bach cantatas to Jazz Masses.  The adult choir sings the 9:00 and 11:15 services on Sunday mornings, and special choral works are presented with orchestral accompaniment on Christmas, Easter, and All Saints’ Sunday.

Kenan Organ: In 2003, All Saints’ installed the James G. Kenan Memorial Pipe Organ, one of the largest and best instruments of its kind in the United States. The organ features four manuals and pedal board, sixty-three stops, and eighty-seven ranks and over 5,143 individual pipes.

Children and Youth Choirs: All Saints’ has a thriving youth and children’s choir program with four choirs and a handbell ensemble, under the leadership of a dedicated Director of Youth and Children’s Music and part-time accompanist. The children and youth choirs sing for worship and special parish events throughout the school year. The junior choir produces an annual musical presented to the parish and the youth choir goes on an out-of-town weekend singing tour each year, leading worship at host churches.

Concert Series: Our music program also includes an annual concert series that attracts internationally known singers, choirs, chamber groups, organists and other instrumentalists.

Our Future Hopes

Music lies at the heart of our mission as a church, and we seek to offer our music life to an ever-expanding and diversifying metropolitan population. In the coming years, we wish to build on our strengths and see: the incorporation of music into our Sunday evening service, regular weekday lunch time concerts, a wider array of music-making in worship and on our campus, and All Saints’ becoming a host site for music education and collaboration at the diocesan and national level.

  • Provide artistic direction of all music ministries and leadership of the music staff team.
  • Lead the development and growth of the adult choir, recruit and audition prospective choir members, and conduct the Adult Choir in rehearsal and performance.
  • Lead and educate the parish in congregational singing
  • Play service music, psalms, hymns, and voluntaries in worship, and accompany the Adult Choir in rehearsal and performance as required and the Children and Youth Choirs when needed.
  • Lead the planning of music for all worship services, concerts, and other choral and music performances.
  • Offer effective supervision of music staff team, attend meetings relevant to music ministry, and be a key leader on the church staff as a member of the senior staff team.
  • Continually build and invite in a network of musicians from across metro-Atlanta and beyond.
  • Play a pivotal role in the re-design and provide music leadership of our Sunday evening service, incorporating a wide-array of music and musicians.
  • Oversee the work of the Associate Music Director in: maintenance of the choral library, management of concert logistics, hosting of guest performers, and assisting in the management of the many facets of the music office.
  • Share in playing for weddings and funerals with the Associate Director of Music.

Applicants will either possess an Episcopal Church background or have comparable experience as a church musician.  Keyboard and choral conducting excellence, and a Master’s degree or doctoral degree in a relevant area, or equivalent experience, are required.  Successful applicants will have a track record of pastoral sensitivity, excellent communication skills, and must be able to work collaboratively both within the music staff team and as a member of the senior staff, and more generally within a large multi-disciplinary church staff. The Music Director will be committed to excellence and to caring for those whom he or she seeks excellence from.

Questions about the position should be directed to The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, Rector, at: smainwaring@allsaintsatlanta.org. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and list of references electronically to Pat Kiley at: patkiley@allsaintsatlanta.org by July 11th for best consideration. Please do not send recordings at this time.

Reports to: Rector  
Type of Position: Full-time
Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary, commensurate with AAM guidelines. Diocesan Medical, Dental, Group Life Insurance; Matching 401(k); Paid Vacation; Continuing Education