St. Nicholas Birch Cliff

Anglican Church

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We're hiring a Parish Musician!

Open Position: Parish Musician

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We are seeking a Parish Musician to join our liturgical team at St. Nick's, Birch Cliff!

St. Nicholas is an Anglican parish in the heart of Birch Cliff in Southwest Scarborough. Responding to God’s love for us and all people, we strive to know Christ and make him known in worship, fellowship and service to our neighbourhood and the world. We’re a community serving and praying with our neighbours, and inviting people into relationship with God’s love and joy, known in Jesus Christ.

Position Description

The Church Musician works in consultation with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge to execute and implement the musical elements of our Anglican worship and liturgy. This includes, but may not be limited to, providing music for Sunday, feast-day and pastoral worship, empowering and equipping the parish in its musical expression of our faith, and bringing their particular musical gifts along with a willingness to learn, grow, and develop as a musician. The relationship between the Church Musician and the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge is one of the most important in the liturgical life of the parish. Together, they share a ministry that enables the faithful worship of congregation and the neighbourhood.


Position Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the Church Musician include, but are not limited to,

  1. Coordinating, in consultation with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge, music for Sunday worship, feast and fast days (Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Christmas, etc…) and pastoral liturgies such as weddings and funerals.
  2. Ability to play our 3-manual Artisan Classic electronic organ, and the piano. Additional instrumental abilities would be an asset.
  3. Musical leadership of the parish’s group of volunteer singers, including weekly evening rehearsal times, Sunday rehearsal and service, while exercising a comfort with teaching and training in an adult context.
  4. Familiarity with (or a commitment to learning about) the Anglican liturgy and a flexibility with musical styles, so that music is sensitive to the Anglican tradition and its liturgical seasons.
  5. Attending regularly scheduled worship planning meetings with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge.
  6. Taking primary responsibility for the church’s musical resources, including organization of the music library, choir robes, instruments, hymn books, materials, and choir room.
  7. Working with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge to find supplementary musicians when they would be beneficial to our worship, and substitute musicians during absences.
  8. In a broader sense, participating in conversations about how the musical ministry at St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff, can be grown and enlivened with the gifts we have available to us.
  9. Exercising good communication skills, time management practices, good humour and professional relationships within the parish.
  10. Other music-related duties, that in consultation and agreement with the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge, may emerge from time-to-time.

Other terms and details of the position

  1. In keeping with the requirements of the Diocese of Toronto’s Covid-19 policies, all staff members and volunteers must have proof of two vaccinations or frequent negative PCR tests, and any supplementary vaccinations (boosters, etc) as may be required by this evolving policy.
  2. St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff, is committed to the Diocese of Toronto’s Screening in Faith and Sexual Misconduct policies. This position is categorized as high-risk and requires a criminal record check, and completion of the diocesan sexual misconduct policy training to be completed as terms of employment.
  3. This position is vacant at this time: employment may commence at your earliest opportunity.
  4. Compensation to be determined based on experience and expertise, and in accordance with RCCO guidelines as applicable. Vacation time to be agreed upon, with some blackout periods during high feasts and festivals.

Application Details

If this position is of interest to you, your application or inquiries are welcome!

Please submit your CV, along with a maximum of three samples of your work (YouTube videos or audio attachments) to by January 21, 2022.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.