Washington DC: Director for Sacred Music, Epiphany Catholic Church (Part-Time)

    The parish was established in 1925 by the Josephite Fathers, to minister to African American Catholics. Situated in the east of the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, the parish has gone through significant demographic change since its founding. Currently, the parish has about 250 members.

    The church has a 9 rank Hook and Hastings Organ, built in 1894, and installed in the Church in 2004. It also possesses a Steinway grand piano.
    There are essentially two congregations at the Parish: an English congregation (with which the primary responsibilities of the Director of Music will be concerned), and a Korean congregation with their own musicians. There are a few times when there are joint masses, which will require coordination and collaboration with the Korean musicians.
    The parish strives to be a model for authentic Catholic Novus Ordo liturgical expression. Entrance and Communion Antiphons are used at all Sunday masses instead of hymns, and regular celebrations of the Novus Ordo in Latin are part of the parish’s schedule.
    There is a small number of congregational volunteers who can act as cantors and/or choir members. The parish has a budget for professional cantors and choristers as needed. There is currently no permanently constituted parish choir (although the further development of this part of the parish’s ministry is envisaged as part of the responsibility of the Director).
    Under the supervision of the Pastor, the Director of Sacred Music is responsible for the overall execution of the church’s music ministry, with a pastoral approach, in line with church documents and the Pastor’s vision for sacred music.
    The job should appeal to someone with a passion for building and development, who would enjoy the challenge of developing music within the context of a parish committed to authentic Catholic worship in the Novus Ordo.

    Play the organ for two weekend masses (Saturday Vigil at 5pm and Sunday at 10:30am), masses on Holy Days of Obligation (7pm Latin Novus Ordo), first Saturday Latin Novus Ordo (8am), masses during the Triduum and at Christmas, and other masses as assigned.
    Provide music for Parish Holy Hour (Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm). The Holy Hour includes Solemn Vespers during Advent and Lent, and on other Holy Days throughout the year.
    Develop and train a Parish choir.
    Recruit and train cantor(s).
    In consultation with the Pastor, program music with the goal of integrating the church’s authentic musical tradition into the weekend liturgies.
    Develop a core congregational repertoire and determine best practices to ensure the "full and active participation" of those at mass.
    Assist Wedding couples in planning music for Nuptial Masses and Wedding Ceremonies. Play the organ for Weddings. Coordinate other musicians for weddings (e.g. cantor).
    Assist, with the Pastor/Administrator, in the planning of music for Funeral Masses. Coordinate other musicians for funerals (e.g. cantor). Additional stipends are payable for all weddings and funerals.
    Assist the Pastor/Administrator in the layout and production of Orders of Worship.
    Oversee the maintenance and tuning of the parish's pipe organ and grand piano.

    Work in collaboration with the Pastor/Administrator to provide liturgical formation to parishioners.

    Faithful, practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church; open to the Holy Spirit in guiding music ministry at the parish
    Knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy; ability to research when needed
    Bachelor’s degree or higher in music or related field
    Advanced organist and pianist; significant experience as an accompanist
    Proficient vocalist; experience as a cantor
    Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills
    Ability to respectfully work with and support volunteer musicians at a variety of skill levels
    Ability to obtain and maintain Archdiocesan clearance to work with children

    Please send your resume and cover letter in confidence to: epiphanygeorgetown@gmail.com
    Thanked by 1Bri
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