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Director of Music and Organist

Founded in 1842, the Chapel of the Cross is an Episcopal parish in Chapel Hill, located downtown and directly beside the campus of the University of North Carolina.  With 2100 members, the parish is a vibrant community of faith where worship, university ministry, and outreach are central.  It is one of three Episcopal parishes in Chapel Hill, each with its own distinctive identity.  The parish has a history of strong engagement with the Diocese and the wider church.

Excellence in sacred music offered to the glory of God is one of the hallmarks of our parish’s liturgical life.  Music at the Chapel of the Cross is faithful to the Anglican tradition while aspiring to innovation and creativity; its aim is to draw worshippers into the deeper realities of God.  The parish has a thriving choral music program with large and active adult and children’s choirs.  Two mechanical-action organs are located within the parish’s worship spaces, a 1980 three-manual Kleuker and a 2006 two-manual Dobson.

The Chapel of the Cross seeks a full-time Director of Music and Organist who will work with the Rector to uphold a shared vision for a music program that engages parishioners and newcomers and maintains a standard of excellence.  The Director of Music and Organist will provide leadership in the areas of music and worship, including playing the organ for services, directing the choirs, and organizing music activities for children, youth, and adults.  This person will educate the choirs and congregation about musical, liturgical, and theological issues as part of their Christian formation; attend to pastoral needs of choristers and their families in partnership with the clergy; and seek opportunities to collaborate with university and community partners.

The successful candidate will have a strong education in sacred music, demonstrated ability and skill in choral training and conducting as well as organ playing, and experience in organizing and supervising an integrated church music program for all ages.  This is a full-time, salaried position, and includes pension and health insurance benefits.  This key leadership position reports to the Rector. Anticipated start date is early Pentecost.

We will begin reviewing applications December 1.  Please send a cover letter, CV, and a list of references, as a single document in pdf format to Walker Mabe at wmabe@thechapelofthecross.org. At a later date, applicants will be asked to submit video of rehearsal and/or performance of choral work, and video/audio of organ repertoire and hymn playing.

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