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Wanted: A new Music Director

Learn more  about the position below

Are you energetic, a people person, and looking for a new start?Then you are in the right place! 

Located in the Eastern part of the previous Municipality of Hespeler and now the amalgamated City of Cambridge, St. James’ Church relocated to its current location some 30 years ago to better serve the current and future congregations needs. We are one of five Anglican Churches within the Municipality Cambridge and is a member of the Deanery of Waterloo. St James’ offers a modern climate-controlled facility with ample parking in a traditional setting. 

As we work through the need to seek a new music director, with a varied approach to music at St. James’, we are looking for an energetic and passionate Music Director to lead our community’s musical worship. The Director will work closely with clergy, the church choir, and volunteer musicians. 

The congregation is wonderfully comfortable with traditional Anglican worship: hymns from the hymnbook Common Praise, led with organ, piano and choir. In recent years, St. James’ has also embraced various styles of contemporary music. Once a month, a service is organized on a Sunday morning, featuring instruments, vocals, and contemporary praise music. The Music Director would be encouraged to bring a spirit of experimentation and creativity to the work of integrating various musical traditions and perspectives within the life of the congregation. 

Our facility hosts a Digital Organ, Grand Piano, and one upright piano for the use of multiple practise sections. 

Job Description And Details

Position Title:    Music Director

Reports To:        Responsible to the Rector in matters of worship and to the Wardens in matters of employment conditions and purchasing of material.

Term of Office: Permanent part-time employee.

Purpose of the Position:

  • To further develop the music ministry at St. James’ Church, working in tandem with the Rector (and the Worship Advisory Committee, that is convened from time to time) 
  • To encourage participation in the music ministry
  • To provide appropriate organ and/or piano accompaniment for scheduled services and special events


  • Strong interpersonal, communication and listening skills are critical with a sensitivity to people of diverse backgrounds
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude
  • Possesses a dependable, responsible, self-motivated and creative nature
  • Demonstrates an energetic and creative approach to the music and liturgy of the church
  • Strong teaching skills in choir training
  • Ability to work with children an asset 


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide music ministry leadership sensitive to Anglican traditions and lectionary 
  • Conduct practices for the choir and other elements of the ministry as needed
  • Willingness to be flexible in working hours to accommodate volunteers
  • Engage and work directly with volunteer paidunpaid instrumentalists
  • Collaborate with Parish Administrator and Rector regarding weekly music selections for the bulletin and power point (if needed)
  • Play the organ/piano for all regular worship services including special services as requested by the Rector. Christmas and Easter are non-negotiable
  • Play at weddings or funerals as requested
  • Arrange within the budget regular tuning and maintenance of equipment
  • Alert Wardens or Rector immediately for emergency repairs required
  • Oversee the purchase of music and supplies, and the music library
  • Report usage of copyrighted music on and CCLI websites
  • Submit an annual report to the Wardens for inclusion in the annual vestry report
  • Submit reports for the parish newsletter
  • Manage the choir office and maintain a safe environment for all participants in the program
  • Follow the Safe Church Policy 

Planning and organizational skills: 

  • Ability to schedule and coordinate music selections, rehearsals, special events, guest performers, etc. within the music ministry
  • Ability to secure substitutes to provide music direction when required (i.e. holidays)
  • Ability to select, print and license appropriate music for the choir ensuring a balance of traditional and innovativemodern selections
  • Ability to assist in the development of the yearly budget and subsequent management of that budget 

Skills, Experience and Qualifications: 

  • At minimum. Associate level in RCCO or equivalent with a sound background in choral music 
  • A background in Anglican Liturgy or a willingness to learn
  • Proven success in working with and stimulating choral and instrumental participation 

Term of Office: 

  • Ongoing, subject to satisfactory performance 

Time Commitment:

  • An average of up to 10 hours per week, with the understanding that certain celebratory seasons of the Church Year require greater than average hours while other seasons Summer) require fewer hours


  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience, education and credentials, consistent with St. James’ ability to pay
  • Two weeks paid vacation by arrangement with the Rector (with an additional week after first full year) 

Support/Supervision and Evaluation: 

  • Supported by the congregation, choir members, Rector and Wardens 
  • Annual performance review led by the church Wardens 

Training Provided: 

  • Orientation to St. James’ Church, Anglican Liturgy and lectionary 
  • Will be informed about Safe Church guidelines 

Benefits and Opportunities: 

  • Opportunity to have a high degree of creative freedom in the development of the Music Ministry at St. James’ Church 
  • Professional development will be encouraged 


Interested And Want To Apply

Apply to the church Office:

Or Send in you mail application to:
Attention: Ms. Deborah Cayer
Office Administrator 
St. James’ Anglican Church 
520 Ellis Road, Box 29044 
Cambridge, Ontario
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