Organ Scholar

Organ Scholar/Assistant Choirmaster
To Start: August 15, 2017
Application Deadline: Saturday, June 10
Christ Church on Capitol Square

Christ Church on Capitol Square, Raleigh, NC, is seeking a 32 hr/week organ scholar/assistant choirmaster for a two-year appointment. This position will be primarily responsible for accompanying choral ensembles, running training choir rehearsals, overseeing music theory lessons for full choristers, and assisting in playing hymns, service music, and voluntaries.

The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree in organ performance from a reputable university, experience singing, accompanying, and conducting English choral repertoire (including Anglican Chant), advanced musicianship skills, experience/interest in teaching choristers (particularly through RSCM), be able to play organ repertoire at a professional level, and demonstrate the ability to work cordially with volunteers and other staff members. To apply, please send your résumé with 3 references (including at least one organ professor and one clergy person who has supervised you) as well as a live recording of an anthem accompaniment with choir and a performance of two solo organ pieces to “Organ Scholar Search” at Christ Church on Capitol Square, 120 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601.

About Christ Church:

Since 1821, Christ Church has been a sacred place in the heart of North Carolina’s capital city. We are the oldest Episcopal congregation in the Raleigh area, the “mother” parish of several other Episcopal churches in Wake County, and one of the three largest parishes in the Diocese of North Carolina. We have a proud legacy of preparing leaders for the Church, the Raleigh community, our Diocese and the wider world. That tradition continues to flourish as Christ Church approaches its bicentennial in 2021. Christ Church has approximately 3,000 members and an annual budget of $2.5 million.

Our music program is grounded in the English cathedral tradition and consists of four choirs:

  • Schola Cantorum: a professional ensemble ranging from 4-10 singers that sings for various festal services and concerts throughout the year
  • The Adult Choir: a mixed volunteer and professional choir that rehearses every Wednesday and sings for the weekly 11 a.m. Eucharist as well as for feast days and concerts
  • The Choristers and Lay Clerks: made of three groups - The Full Choristers (grades 6-12); The Training Choir (grades 3-5); The Lay Clerks who are fully professional altos, tenors and basses that sing with the choristers. This group rehearses twice a week and sings two 9 a.m. Eucharists each month, as well as for Evensong, concerts and major feast days. This group will aslo be undertaking a choral residency at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, in August 2018.
  • The Cherub Choir: kindergarten-2nd grade; conducted and accompanied by volunteers

In addition to the choral program and the 9am and 11am Sunday morning services, the parish's weekly 5pm service consists of choral evensong on the first Sunday of every month and a contemplative eucharist on the subsequent Sundays, which often features guest instrumentalists from the North Carolina Symphony.

Christ Church also boasts an impressive concert series, Sacred Music on the Square. The Bach Festival is the centerpiece of the series and features The Raleigh Bach Soloists, a 12-voice professional vocal ensemble that brings together singers from around the state and the country who specialize in the Oratorio repertoire, as its resident choir. With the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, they regularly give performances of Bach cantatas and in the coming year will give complete performances of The Christmas and Easter Oratorios.