64 Townsend Street, Lunenburg, NS

We’re Hiring! Director of Music (part time)

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            Our Vision Statement: We are a Christ-centered, caring community shaping our future, preserving our heritage and living our faith in word and deed. From this, our shared vision articulates 4 common values (worship, leadership, fellowship, heritage-ship) and 9 focus areas.

            Identified as a “Focus Area” in our Shared Vision Statement, we highlight music as a means to celebrate our faith through a strong music program providing a balanced array of music types. The music ministry serves as an avenue through which people of all ages feel the loving presence of God, is a core opportunity to engage the community, and the music during services is balanced and appeals to a broad base (music of the historic past and more modern era).

            We have benefitted greatly from an extended music leadership for over 15 years, which established us as a musical centre on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

            As we emerge from the COVID-19 restrictions, we are at a point whereby our organist and choir director is shifting into retirement, and the parish wishes to continue our strong commitment to the ministry of music. We are seeking a new Director of Music, to be our primary organist, choir director, and music liaison. We look forward to the continued strength of our musical reputation, and the ongoing development of our music program. While we are smaller coming out of COVID, we have aspirations for this position to grow.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be primary organist/pianist for regular services
  • Choose hymns for weekly and special services
  • As able, provide music for special services such as funerals and weddings
  • Work collaboratively with the Rector
  • Coordinate Choirs (Chancel Choir is approximately 6-8 members, SATB) and Congregational Choir which is the Chancel choir and additional congregants primarily at funerals), including choosing hymns and anthems, and leading weekly rehearsals
  • Participate in the Music Committee of Parish Council (meetings approximately quarterly)
  • Establishment of the music budget, in conjunction with the Music Committee of Parish Council
  • Including the Assistant Organist in regular church services, as mutually agreed
  • Develop the music program (possibilities include hand bells, youth choirs, etc.)
  • Liaise with existing music providers (i.e. concert providers)
  • Exploration of ways to expand our musical presence in the community (i.e. Music and Meditations)
  • Cataloguing of sheet music

Key Skills and Attitudes:

  • Experience with Church Music Leadership
  • Experience with Choirs
  • Willingness to ascribe to the theology and practices of the Anglican Church of Canada
  • Leadership Skills
  • Collaborative
  • Positive Attitude
  • Confidence
  • Enthusiasm for Church Music
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills (including patience, clarity, communication)

We are pleased to have:

A Casavant Frères organ (built 2005)

A Yamaha grand piano

A set of hand-bells and tone chimes

This is a part-time position, with hopes to grow.

Pay commensurate with RCCO standards

Additional services (funerals, weddings) to receive honoraria

Vacation set at 3 weeks per annum (minister of music to arrange Sunday coverage for their absence)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter, to:

St. John’s Anglican Church

64 Townsend St., Box 238

Lunenburg, NS. B0J2C0

Or email:


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