St Stephen the Martyr is a growing, multicultural Anglican parish adjacent to the major redevelopment of Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby. Our community is proud of our diversity – worshippers include Aboriginal families, first-generation Canadians from around the world, new arrivals from China, Korea, Iran and elsewhere, as well as the descendants of European settlers. While many visitors find us because we are the church in the neighbourhood, a growing number of newcomers to St Stephen’s are attracted to our broad theology, openness to LGBTQ2S individuals, and our liturgical worship.
Music is an integral part of our worship, and, we believe, deeply connected to how we worship God, learn scripture, and practice our faith. We have a history of incorporating contemporary music and are ready to learn some new songs and ways of including music in our worship. In addition to sung service music, we have a cantor who chants the Psalm most weeks. A Kawai CP 175 digital organ is used to accompany our singing. We also have a Kawai grand piano available. Currently, we select music from Common Praise, Songs for a Gospel People, and a songbook compiled in-house (last updated in 2011). We maintain licensing through SongSelect and OneLicense. We celebrate Holy Eucharist weekly on Sundays at 10am, with an average of 60 people. Our volunteer choir has between 4 and 8 singers.
We are seeking a Music Director who will celebrate both traditional and contemporary music. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a capacity to lead inspiring and dynamic worship music. We want our new colleague to have the people skills to teach and encourage amateur singers – both among our small choir and with the whole congregation. The Music Director leads a weekly choir practice (currently at 9:15 on Sunday mornings), leads music during the 10am Holy Eucharist, and attends Music Committee meetings to plan music every 4-6 weeks. Special services during the year and the necessary prep time are included in the contract. The Music Director has right of first refusal and is compensated separately for all weddings and funerals.
Please see the full position description available as a file download. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply before October 17, 2019. Please submit a cover letter and resume, attn: The Rev Ruth Monette to email@example.com with the subject line “Music Director Position.”