As the cut-off date for applying for this position has passed, we would like to give a short update.
We have received a good number of applications for the position and a shortlist is being compiled. Next week we will be conducting interviews, including a short trial rehearsal with the choir itself. Of course, we will follow the rules for social distancing and ventilation that apply to singing as a choir.
As you can imagine, we are looking forward to an interesting second part of next week and hope that we can find a worthy successor to our previous long serving choir director.
If you are interested in knowing more, the requirements are listed below.
The Person (choir director/organist (C/O)
- Have a knowledge of the Anglican choral tradition and liturgy (C/O)
- Have leadership skills that promote good relations with the choir and Chaplain (C/O)
- A musical education to a suitable level for the posts (C/O)
- A good level of playing ability for the church’s pipe organ (O)
- Attend services and rehearsals as required and be flexible over additional services and festivals (C/O)
- Able to work and communicate fully in English (C/O)
- Able to rehearse and play keyboard, whilst leading the choir (C)
- Able to liaise closely with the choir director while playing (O)
- Able to improve choir performance through recruiting, training, building confidence, as a choir and for individual members (C)
- Able to work in Utrecht but on occasion be with the Holy Trinity choir in Zwolle for special services (C)
- Work collaboratively with the Chaplain in mutual respect, to plan the music and liturgy in advance, to assist choir rehearsal (C)
- Have experience of the RSCM training programmes (C/O)
- Be willing to broaden your knowledge and experience of Anglican music by undertaking training offered by RSCM or elsewhere (C/O)
- Hold the Christian faith (C/O)
- Monitor and report on the condition of the organ, so that maintenance and repair is carried out as necessary (O)
- Have links in the local faith and music communities, to aid improvement in the choir and seek opportunities for growth (C/O)
- The main requirements for the positions are shown in the opening paragraphs and the required person attributes show what is expected.
- The Organist will have right of first refusal to play for weddings and funerals.
- The Choir Director / Organist will submit annually a recommended budget for purchasing music and choir supplies.
- During vacation the Organist would be responsible to find a substitute who will be reimbursed by the Chaplaincy.
- The positions would be offered for a probationary period of 6 months, with a view to a permanent appointment being agreed.
- The appointment will be made by the Chaplain with the agreement of the Church Council.
- The Choir Director / Organist reports to the Chaplain. The Chaplain will pay due heed to the Choir Director / Organist’s advice and assistance in the choosing of chants, hymns, anthems, and other settings, and in the ordering of the music of the church; but at all times the final responsibility and decision in these matters rests with the Chaplain.
- Discussion on any remuneration offered and other benefits would be at the stage of final interview but expenses will be paid.
- There will be a panel shortlisting and interviewing and a short rehearsal trial with choir whose comments will form part of the process
- The aim is to complete the process and appoint by September and the successful applicant/s to take up the position as soon as possible.
- The key dates are:
Applications returned by: Monday 10 August
Shortlisting by: Friday 14 August
Interviews & choir rehearsal trial: Thursday 20 + Friday 21 August