Equal Opportunity Statement
Germonds Presbyterian Church, in accordance with our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), believes in the inclusiveness of God’s love and in the importance of diversity in our community and in our church. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring, evaluating, compensating, and generally treating all of our staff in a manner that embraces diversity and provides a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to racial ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, family or parental status, age, veteran or disability status, or any other status protected under New York State or federal laws.
Germonds Presbyterian Church Seeks Church Music/Choir Director
Germonds Presbyterian Church, a 265-member suburban PC(USA) congregation in NY’s Hudson Valley, seeks a part-time (10-13 hrs/wk) Director to lead our church music program and adult choir. Degree in Music Education, with experience conducting and developing choral and instrumental ensembles required. Candidate should be proficient in teaching and leading adults in church music. Knowledge of a diverse range of sacred music and of Reformation liturgy helpful. Will work with the Pastor, Music & Worship Committee, and music program staff in developing, planning, and implementing an eclectic, inspiring, and innovative church music program that will nurture and support the growth of musical gifts of all kinds within our church. Will develop and lead our volunteer adult choir in weekly rehearsal and worship service as well as special services (according to the church calendar), and coordinate the schedule of volunteer musicians during the summer choir break. Salary commensurate with education and experience; 4 weeks paid time off. Professional development funds available. Germonds Presbyterian Church is an equal opportunity employer.
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Please send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018, or until the position has been filled.
Music at Germonds Presbyterian Church
For more than 150 years, music has played a vital, intrinsic role in our worship and congregational life at Germonds Presbyterian Church. Germonds has just begun a new chapter of our history, having called the Reverend Abbie Huff as our new permanent installed Pastor in December 2017. Though our music ministry will no doubt evolve along with our church as we grow into the future which Christ has in store for us, below are some of the ways in which we currently use music to express and celebrate our relationship with God.
- In addition to the successful candidate for this position, the Germonds musical worship team also consists of an organist, a pianist, and a youth choir director.
- Our current hymnal is Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013). We occasionally use instrumentation or hymns from older Presbyterian hymnals as well.
- The church organ, installed in 2002, is a digital Allen Renaissance organ with three manuals and a midi add-on with over 200 memory presets. The sanctuary also houses a Yamaha grand piano. An upright piano in the Christian Education Building is used for youth choir rehearsals. Pianos are tuned once per quarter and before special events.
- Our regular Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 am (9:30 am during the summer), and is typically about an hour and a half in duration. An ordinary service includes an instrumental prelude, offertory, and postlude; a choral introit, anthem, and benediction response (provided by the adult choir); and several congregational hymns and responses, supported by keyboard instrument and choir. The pianist and organist generally alternate instrumental duties, though they do, upon occasion, play duets.
- The adult choir sings most Sundays from the Sunday after Labor Day in September until mid- June, with rehearsals on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm and on Sundays at 9:30 am before the service.
- During the summer, the adult choir is on break. Their role in Sunday worship is filled by a schedule of volunteer soloists or groups (both choral and instrumental) from the congregation.
- The “Joyful Noise” youth choir provides the choral music for Sunday services at least once a quarter, under the leadership of the youth choir director. Members of the adult and youth choirs are sometimes called in to support the other choir for special performances, by arrangement of the adult and youth choir directors. The two choirs have also performed jointly on special occasions. Additionally, the youth choir director assists the Christian Education Committee with musical education in Sunday School, and co-directs the annual Christmas pageant.
- Other musicians from the congregation occasionally provide special music and/or instrumental support to the choirs.
- When there are five Sundays in a month, Germonds has upon occasion held a congregational “Hymn Sing” in place of our regular Sunday service. Members of the congregation are invited to choose hymns for everyone to sing together, with instrumental accompaniment.
- Additional special worship services have traditionally included an outdoor Homecoming service (under a tent) after Labor Day, a Thanksgiving interfaith service, an Advent Service of Lessons & Carols, a Christmas pageant, two Christmas Eve services, an Ash Wednesday service, a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service, and three Easter services (a small outdoor sunrise service and two Sunday services). In recent years we have also featured a Jazz Celebration of the Arts service, an outdoor Taize worship service, and a Blue Christmas service with harp. Germonds worship is not confined to our sanctuary; in addition to the outdoor services mentioned above, our Thanksgiving service and at least one of the Lenten services are usually celebrated jointly with another congregation (and its musicians) in their own house of worship.
- Budget permitting, additional soloists and instrumentalists are engaged from outside the congregation to enrich special worship services and events (traditionally we’ve had horns or a small string ensemble for Easter and Christmas Eve services, and a harpist has joined us for special music events).
- At the discretion of the Physical Resources and the Music & Worship Committees, our sanctuary is sometimes used by outside musical organizations for performances.