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The James River Ringers, Richmond Virginia’s premier auditioned community handbell ensemble, is seeking candidates for the positions of Interim Artistic Director and full-time Artistic Director.

The Interim Artistic Director will plan for the holiday 2019 concert season including developing the concert program, preparing the ensemble through weekly rehearsals and directing any concert engagements. The successful Interim Artistic Director may also be a candidate for the full-time Artistic Director position.

The full-time Artistic Director will recruit and develop members of the ensemble optimizing individual ringer skills to improve both the musicality and the artistry of the group; plan concerts and other programs expanding the breadth and depth of the group’s musical range; prepare for and conduct regular rehearsals including score study, musical interpretation, and ringer assignments. The Artistic Director is also a non-voting member of the Executive Board providing input on the group’s short- and long-term planning. Performances generally include two featured concerts per year and numerous other performance opportunities. Compensation is $1000 annually and a percentage of the concert revenue.

Rehearsals are currently held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm on the north side of Richmond. Ad hoc rehearsals are called at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Rehearsals for the holiday 2019 concert season will begin in August, 2019 with the existing complement of ringers. The full-time Artistic Director position will begin in January, 2020.

Interested candidates for either, or both, opportunities, should forward their resume to jrr.president@gmail.com by Monday, July 15, 2019.


River Road Presbyterian Church
8960 River Road
Richmond, Va, 23229

Seeking part-time Assistant Director of Music and Organist to provide worship leadership from the organ for congregational services of worship (11:00 AM Sundays) and to work directly with the children’s and youth music ministry. There are several special services during the year for which the assistant also must provide music. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in music, but an advanced degree in organ or sacred music is preferred. Kenneth Jones and Assoc. 3 manual organ. Annual salary range about $18,000 per year with three weeks paid vacation, and a continuing education allowance. Interested candidates should contact Landry Duvall by phone at 804-740-7083 or via email at landryduvall@rrpcusa.org.


Emmanuel Episcopal Church
1214 Wilmer Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23227

Seeking part-time Minister of Music/ organist for one weekly Sunday morning service, one monthly evening Sunday service, and one weekly adult choir rehearsal. Special services Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. Interest in developing a Children’s Choir program. Right of first refusal for music leadership at all weddings and funerals. Heissler 3 manual tracker pipe organ.Candidate should have a BM or BA in music or equivalent experience, have music ministry experience in a liturgical church environment. Salary range $17,000 to $20,000 based on training and experience. Two weeks paid vacation leave, health insurance, retirement pension, dues to professional associations, continuing education. Incumbent may use church music facilities for private teaching. Interested candidates should contact the Search Committee via email at search@emmanuelrichmond.org, by phone at 804-266-2431.


Three Chopt Presbyterian Church
9315 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, VA 23229

Seeking part-time accompanist who can play the organ and piano. Position reports to the Director of Music. Accompany the chancel choir for weekly rehearsals and for one Sunday morning worship service. Special services and rehearsals are required under job description especially during Advent, Lent and Holy Week. The position will also include occasional time to practice with soloists, instrumentalists, and small groups, as well as providing occasional accompaniment during the Sunday morning contemporary service. Strong sight-reading skill of open score as an accompanist is also required. Well maintained 2 manual Lewis & Hitchcock. For organ specifications, refer to our link at http://www.churchesofvirginia.org/3chopt_pres/index.htm. Salary is $10,000 per year (mid August – mid June) with 2 paid week (2 Sundays and 2 rehearsals) off yearly. Other required time away is negotiable. Start date: August 15, 2019. Please send a letter of intent and a resume electronically to Dr. Joan Pi, Director of Music joan@threechoptchurch.org.


St. Bede Catholic Church
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA, 23188.

Seeking full-time Assistant Director of Music. Applicants should have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music or have equivalent education and/or experience. Extensive proficiency in organ is required. Vocal skills would be welcome. 54 rank Buzard pipe organ, Steinway Model D piano. Salary range approximately $45,000 per year, health benefit, 403b retirement plan, 12 days of paid vacation, $1500 per year continuing education allowance. All salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and completed diocesan application to arenninger@bedeva.org. Application forms can be found at https://richmonddiocese.org/office/office-of-human-resources/.


Kingston Parish, Episcopal
370 Main Street
Mathews, VA, 23109

Seeking organist/Director of Music for two Sunday morning services and other non-Sunday festival services at Christmas, Lent, etc and one weekly adult choir rehearsal. To accompany other choirs and choral and instrumental ensembles as needed and as available. To play for all weddings and funerals held at the church or secure an appropriate substitute. The 8:00 AM Sunday service, Rite 1, is held at Christ Church where there is a 2 manual Rogers combination pipe/digital organ. The 10:30 AM Sunday service, Rite 2, is held at held at the Parish Hall, Kingston Chapel, where the music is accompanied on a Steinway baby grand piano. Salary range $17,600 – $27,000 depending on training and experience. Currently the Vestry is examine the current state of the Parish’s musical instruments, and the new Music Director would be expected to participate in the discussions. Interested candidates should contact Ray Stubblebine via email at ray.stubblebine@mac.com or via phone at 804-505-1266 (home) or 646-425-8998 (cell).


Bon Air Baptist Church
2531 Buford Road
North Chesterfield, Va, 23235

Seeking part-time organist for two Sunday morning services with rehearsals beginning one hour prior; sharing accompanying duties for the Sanctuary Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evening; provide music for other seasonal services; may be engages separately for funerals and weddings. Four manual Rogers hybrid organ. Salary $20,000+ per annum. Candidates should email Worship Pastor the Rev. Stuart Condra at stuart.condra@bonairbaptist.org.


The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
4206 Springhill Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23225

Seeking part-time Organist/ Director of Music (15-20 hours/week) to provide organ, choral, and other music for a weekly Sunday morning service, occasional weekday services, and special events. Responsibilities include a weekly choir rehearsal (September through May) and collaboration with the Rector in the selection of hymns and service music, following the Revised Common Lectionary and the liturgical season. Our worship is grounded in The Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal 1982, Wonder, Love and Praise and incorporates material from a variety of liturgical traditions. Two-manual 1988 Dobson tracker action pipe organ, Wurlitzer and Kawai baby grand pianos, an extensive choral library, a century-old worship space with Gothic features, an accomplished choir, robust congregational singing, and a cadre of trained musicians who contribute classical, jazz, folk, and bluegrass music to corporate worship. Salary range: $18,000 – $24,000 annually. Qualified candidates may send a résumé or CV and letter of interest to info@goodshepherdrichmond.org. For best consideration, applications should be received by May 12, 2019.


Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church
13312 Mildlothian Pike
Midlothian, VA, 23113

Seeking part-time Director of Traditional Music and Worship Arts. Direct the Chancel Choir, Vesper Bells (adult handbell choir); serve as primary organist/accompanist for two Sunday morning services; provide music for other seasonal services and weddings and funerals when available; is primary liaison for the altar guild and scripture readers. Three manual Allen organ. Candidate should have a minimum of Bachelor of Music or BA in music, Master’s preferred, and professional training and musical experience in a variety of Christian music types. Proven and demonstrable experience in directing and leading musical groups as well as a proficiency playing the piano and organ. Salary $39,500 per year with a 30 hour week. 8 paid vacation days per year. Interested candidates should contact Ian Millikan via email at ian.millikan@gmail.com.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Hanover, VA, 23069

Seeking part-time organist/director for one Sunday service and additional required services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter morning, and the evening before Thanksgiving. Adult choir rehearsal currently being held on Sunday. Two manual Allen organ; piano in the Parish Hall available for rehearsals. Ideal candidates should be familiar with Episcopal liturgical tradition and comfortable with various liturgical styles. Compensation range $15,000 to $20,000 per annum commensurate with experience. Four Sundays paid vacation. Budget for music supplies and continuing education negotiable. Starting date negotiable after June 9, 2019. For more information about the parish, please visit www.stpaulshanover.org. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter, including references and links to recordings that highlight organ performance and choral directing to Beverly Townes via email bevtownes@comcast.net.


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