Christ Church seeks to appoint an Organist & Choirmaster to begin in August 2024
(As of April 15, 2024, we are no longer accepting names.)

Organist and Choirmaster – FULL JOB DESCRIPTION – Christ Church Pelham


The Parish of Christ the Redeemer (Christ Church) is located in Pelham, New York, in Westchester County. Pelham is 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, with strong public schools. Christ Church is a 500+ member parish that draws from Pelham, the surrounding towns and cities, and New York City. All major worship services are live-streamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/christchurchpelham

Christ Church seeks to appoint an Organist & Choirmaster to begin in August 2024; this job is a ¾ position.

The Organist & Choirmaster will plan and lead music in an active, growing, eucharistically centered parish. The desire and ability to function as part of a team is important. A high performance standard and a broad range of repertoire are part of the shared expectation of the parish. Congregational hymn singing is highly valued. Expertise in playing hymns, preludes and postludes, accompanying the liturgy, and improvising on the organ is important. 

Christ Church has two choirs: the Parish Choir (comprising four paid singers as well as volunteers) and the Children’s Choir which needs to be restarted following the pandemic. Children are an integral part of parish life, and it is essential that the Organist & Choirmaster is experienced in and enjoys leading and teaching young choristers.

The Christ Church Organ is Juget-Sinclair, Opus 51, 2 manuals, 33 stops, built for the parish in 2019. Specifications for the organ are here: https://christchurchpelham.org/organ-js51/   The parish also has a Steinway piano in the nave, a second Steinway in the choir room used for rehearsals, and two other pianos used occasionally at parish events.

 Candidates should possess the following competencies:

  • Demonstrated excellence in choral leadership of adults and children;
  • Outstanding  organ technique and musicianship reflected in the organ repertoire, hymns, service music, and improvisation;
  • Strong leadership, communications, interpersonal, and organizational skills; and
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to Episcopal liturgy, including liturgical resources.

Responsibilities include:

  • Playing the organ and leading the choir for Sunday morning Eucharist and on major Holy Days during the liturgical year (Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter Vigil, All Saints’ Day, Epiphany, Ascension Day, etc.); and a heavier load before Christmas and during Holy Week and Easter.
  • Leading the choir in rehearsal on Sunday mornings.  The choir currently rehearses only on Sundays, from 9 am – 1 pm, before and after the 10 am service. 
  • Planning liturgy in consultation with the Rector.
  • Assisting with and overseeing music at Children’s Vacation Bible School in August and the Children’s Christmas Pageant in December.
  • Leading occasional Adult Education classes and hymn sings for the congregation. 
  • Participating in parish events.
  • Planning and participating in Concerts at Christ Church.
  • Overseeing maintenance of the pipe organ and pianos.
  • Overseeing and maintaining the music library with over 1,100+ anthems plus collections.

Salary is $60,000-$65,000 plus full benefits and four weeks vacation.  Church Church has an apartment and housing may be negotiated.

How to apply – As of April 15, 2024, we are no longer accepting names.

For more information please go to: https://christchurchpelham.org/music/

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to our Search Committee co-chairs, Margaret Young and Jeff Bodenmann: search@christchurchpelham.org

Organist and Choirmaster – FULL JOB DESCRIPTION – Christ Church Pelham


SEARCH COMMITTEE

The Rev. Matthew Mead, Rector
Jeff Bodenman & Margaret Young, Co-Chairs
Andrew DesRault, Stephen Dolan, Cherrie Greenhalgh, John Hastings, Alison Hinds-Pearl, Martin Nash


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Christ Church is blessed with a deep bench of musicians.  Are you interested in taking part in our Music Ministry?