Holy Trinity Anglican Church is seeking a Choir Director / Organist

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)

Required:      

  • 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)

Desirable:

  • 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 Job

            Information

  • 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