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The James River Ringers

Richmond, Virginia’s premier auditioned community handbell ensemble, The James River Ringers, is seeking candidates for the position of full-time Artistic Director. 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 may also support planning and execution of virtual and in-person outreach activities, including performances and handbell skill workshops. Performances generally include two featured concerts per year and other performance opportunities that arise. The Artistic Director is also a non-voting member of the Executive Board providing input on the group’s short- and long-term planning. Compensation $500 per semester plus 15% of concert revenues. 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. The full-time Artistic Director position will begin in January, 2022.Interested candidates for the opportunity should forward their resume to jrr.president@gmail.com by December 2021


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
1101 Forest Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23229

Seeking part-time Director of Music Ministry. The Director will serve both as choir director and organist, for one Sunday morning service and one weekly adult choir rehearsal, as well as providing music for major feast days and other occasions as designated by the Rector. Two manual (28-rank) Letourneau pipe organ (1992). Anticipated pay range is $24,000 to $29,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Background check required. A link to the full job description can be found at https://www.stmattsrva.org/ministries/music. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and links to representative recordings of their playing and choral conducting to Whitney Sawyer at whitney@stmattsrva.org.


St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
10627 Patterson Avenue
Richmond VA, 23238

Seeking a long term interim Music Director/Organist for one Sunday morning service. The church is currently in the discernment process for its next Rector, and, because of the pandemic, is limited especially in respect to choir rehearsals. Currently the position is considered to be one as supply organist at $150 per service. But as the pandemic issues become more resolved, that remuneration will be renegotiated as the opportunities for the musician’s role are expanded. Viscount Chorum 60 DLX two manual organ. Candidate should be willing to maintain links with choir members when possible, coordinate other musical work in consultation with the interim Rector. Experience or knowledge in broadcasting of the services would be beneficial. More information about St. Bartholomew’s may be found at the church’s website http://stbartsrichmond.org. Interested candidates should contact the Rev. Hugh James via email at hughjames56@gmail.com.


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2961 Kings Highway
Oak Grove, VA, 22443 (this is near Colonial Beach)

Seeking part-time organist/choir director for one Sunday morning service and one week night adult choir rehearsal. Special services throughout based on the liturgical year and on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. Henry Erben tracker action organ restored in 1976 by Lawrence Walker. Candidates should be knowledgeable of the Episcopal liturgy and experience. Compensation range $10,000 to $14,000 per annum with four weeks paid vacation. Interested candidates should contact The Rev. Rodney Gordon by email at fatherrodgordon@gmail.com or by phone days at 804-224-7309 or evenings at 804-389-2603. They may also respond by sending a cover letter, resume, and reference to the church address.


Covenant Presbyterian Church
201 Walnut Street
Petersburg, VA, 23805

Seeking part-time organist/pianst for one Sunday morning service and one mid-week adult choir rehearsal. Special services Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunrise, and Christmas Eve. Roy Redman tracker action pipe organ. Salary range $15,000 to $16,000 per annum with four weeks paid vacation. Interested candidates should contact Sarah Nave via email at revdrnave@gmail.com or by phone at 804-894-0386.


Ginter Park United Methodist Church
1010 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23227

Seeking to fill the Bass and Tenor positions in the Core SATB Quartet for the 2021-22 choir season. The Quartet performs alone or with a few extra volunteers during Worship, Sundays at 10:00 am (subject to change). Rehearsals are Sundays at 9:00 am and briefly following worship. There are no regular mid-week rehearsals. Literature is standard sacred choral repertoire. Contact Larry Heath at lheath@gmail.com or 804-212-9861 for more information or to schedule an interview/audition.


First Presbyterian Church
4602 Cary Street Road
Richmond, VA, 23226

Seeking part-time principal organist for 1 Sunday morning service and rehearse weekly with the adult choir. Assist with your and children’s choirs and other groups, as needed. Special services and concerts during Advent, Christmas, Holy Week, Eastertide, unless other arrangements have been made with the Minister of Music and Arts. Principal organist has the right of first acceptance/refusal for all wedding and funerals at the church, remuneration for which will be in addition to the salary. Andover, Opus 100, three manual organ. Compensation range is $20,000 to $30,000 per annum with two weeks paid vacation. Interested candidates should contact Jason Brown, Minister of Music and Arts, vis email at jbrown@fpcrichmond.org or by phone days at 804-358-2383 or cell 347-326-2830.


First Baptist Church
235 West Washington Street
Petersburg, VA, 23804

Seeking part-time Minister of Music for one Sunday morning service. Three manual Aeolian Skinner pipe organ in fair condition. Candidates must be interested in helping to recruit and build the church’s music program. Annual salary is $15,000. Interested candidates should contact Elizabeth Steele via email at fbcpburg@verizon.net or by phone at 804-732-2003 or 804-586-5891.


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
6001 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA, 23505

Seeking part-time Director of Music for one Sunday service, adult and handbell choir rehearsals. Special services on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and mid-week services during Advent. Mark E. Wetzel two manual pipe organ. Compensation $18,000 per year with two weeks paid vacation and a book and music allowance. Interested candidates should contact Lynn Hubert via email at klynnhubert@gmail.com or by phone at 751-630-4946 or contact Anne Combes at the church email https://www.trinitylutherannorfolk.org or phone at 751-489-2551.


Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), Richmond
4207 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23225

Seeking Director of Music Ministry (part-time organist/choir director) to provide leadership for 9:30 AM Sunday service and week night (Thursday) Chancel Choir rehearsals, plus additional hour prior to the Sunday morning service. Provide music for seasonal services and assistance (conducting, leadership, and administration) to supportive music ministry. May be engaged separately for funerals and weddings. Dobson Organ, Op. 40, 1988. Salary $24,000 per annum, with four weeks paid annual vacation. Preferred Qualifications: experience leading liturgical worship, fluency in traditional sacred music and newer hymnody and music. Interested candidates should email rector@goodshepherdrichmond.org.


First Baptist Church
2709 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Seeking part-time organist for two Sunday morning services and weekly rehearsals three quarters of the year with adult, youth and Auditioned Ensemble choirs. Special services Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve, and Maundy Thursday. Casavant four- manual pipe organ. There are no directing responsibilities with this position. Annual salary approximately $30,000. Three weeks paid vacation, sick leave, book and music allowance, dues to professional associations, and continuing education allowance. Interested candidates should contact The Rev. Dr. Philip Mitchel via email at mitchell@fbcrichmond.org or by phone days at 804-358-5458 or cell, 804-615-2709. Starting date September, 2021.


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