OPEN POSITION

Organist/ Choir Director

Position Title: Organist & Choir Director Posted: 6/13/2019

Organization Name: Flatbush-Tompkins Job Type: Part Time Congregational Church

Location: Brooklyn, NY Minimum Education: BA/BS

Entry Level: No

TO APPLY:

Qualified applicants should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the attention of:

Chair of Music Committee:

Music@flatbushtompkins.org

or Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church, 424 East 19th St. Brooklyn, NY 11226

Job Description:

Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church (FTCC) is a 120 year old Historic Landmark located in Brooklyn, NY. It is a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) and is seeking a part time organist/choir director to further develop its already strong music program. The organist/choir director works closely with the pastor and choir, and is the central figure in ensuring the quality and substance of the music that serves as an integral part of the pastor’s and church’s vision of ministry. In addition to maintaining a good working relationship with the pastor and choir, the organist/choir director will have proven experience in choral directing and organ performance. The FTCC organ is a 31–Rank /Austin Pipe Organ (1965). There is also a Steinway Grand Piano used in the church’s worship service.

Professional Qualifications:

 Bachelor’s Degree in Music

 Experience with choral directing and development of choral sound an musicianship

 Experience in organ performance

 Experience working with youth and children’s choirs

Skills:

 Spiritual leader to choir members of all ages; creating an environment where musical training and preparation become a part of encouraging a solid foundation of faith for participants

 Excellent communications skills and ability to work and interact well with children, youth, staff, parents, volunteers and parishioners

 Self starter with a strong commitment to excellence

 Team player with a “can do” yet flexible attitude

 Excellent organizational and administrative skills; strong attention to detail

Duties:

Provide organ, choral, or other music at all principle services of the church, including, but not limited to:

 All weekly Sunday worship services

 Christmas services, including Candlelight Vespers

 Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday

 Weddings, funerals and any other major events as required

 Holding one regular rehearsal of the choir weekly and others, as deemed necessary

 Continuing to develop the vocal “sound” of the Chancel Choir, training in musicality and a good

choral technique, maintaining the choir’s excellent a Capella capabilities, and developing vision

for the Chancel Choir’s ministry

 Making expectations explicit for the choir members and leaders

 Effectively managing/ utilizing professional singers to enhance the mission of the music ministry

 Promoting fellowship with other church choirs and encouraging collaborative events; e.g. yearly

Gospel Fest

 Recruiting congregational talent for various choirs and music groups; e.g. Spring Concert (in

June), and when Chancel Choir is on leave (July/August)

 The organist/choir director is a regular member of the staff and is expected to:

1. Attend staff meetings as required and meet with the pastor as necessary

2. Be a team player with a small staff

3. Prepare publicity releases and advertising for concerts and performances as needed

 Responsible for personal musical preparation, including organ practice and study of scores

 Maintenance of the FTCC music library

 Hire professional musicians, as appropriate and within the parameters of the FTCC budget for

liturgical occasions and special services